Unfortunately, most people don’t like the smell of a dog, especially when the odor can be prevented. Dog odors come can in many varied forms like poorly maintained fur, bad breath and even flatulence. Even if you have the cutest dog in the world, nobody will want to be around the pooch if it smells like the local garbage dump.
If you want your dog to smell fresh again, here are some things that you may want to consider doing –
#1 Buy Dog Shampoo
Specially formulated dog shampoo is a great way to get rid of dog odors and not mask them. If your dog is suffering from any sort of skin condition, this can often be the root of the odor problem. When buying a bottle of dog shampoo, check with your vet to see which medicated shampoo is best for your pet.
#2 A Simple Bath
Always make it a habit to wash your dog at least once a week. If you haven’t washed your dog in a while, consider washing your dog down. When bath time is over with, make sure you use a hair dryer to prevent bacteria from latching onto your dog’s wet fur.
On a daily basis, brush your dog’s fur to remove any dirt or bacteria build-up. To pick up any loose hair or material, consider using a web brush.
#4 Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Just like brushing your dog’s fur, make it a habit to brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. Failing to brush can lead to bad breath and potential diseases down the road. Since bad breath is often a common problem with most dog owners, refer to this article “6 easy ways to fight bad dog breath” to find out other remedies you can use to fight this problem.
#5 Consider Cologne
No, this isn’t the cologne that us humans wear; rather, it’s a cologne that is designed for pets only. Buy some mildly scented doggie cologne that you enjoy. While this isn’t a long-term solution, it will help cover up the smell for a few hours. You may want to consider this route if the grooming session isn’t until later in the day.
#6 Watch the Diet
If your dog isn’t eating a healthy diet, then this could be the culprit of the bad smells. A cheap, low nutrition diet can contain ingredients that are indigestible for dog. This, of course, can lead to unpleasant odors like gas, bad breath and a dull coat. If you can afford it, consider switching to a homemade diet or high-quality brand that is filled with natural ingredients.
#7 Anal Glands
Emptying your dog’s anal glands will prevent your dog from scooting on the carpet and secreting fluids. If you haven’t expressed your dog’s glands in a while, it may be time to do so. This process is going to keep your dog healthy, comfortable and odor-free. If you haven’t done this before, always let a professional show you how it’s done before attempting the process at home.
When it comes to sleeping, pay close attention to your dog’s sleeping space. You’re going to want to pay close attention to their bed and crate. If their crate or bedding is dirty, wash it with cold water, a gentle detergent and let it air dry. If your dog’s bed is dirty or is irritating your dog’s skin, it could lead to unpleasant smells.
To be safe, always consult with a veterinarian if you notice an odd smell. By implementing the strategies noted above, you should have one of the best smelling dog on the block.