Easy Tips and Tricks to Get Rid of Dog Odor Naturally

Easy Tips and Tricks to Get Rid of Dog Odor Naturally
December 16, 2013 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

Instead of masking pet odor with artificial fragrances or chemical cleaners that can lead to adverse health effects, look towards natural tricks that you can use to make your home, your car, and even your pets themselves smell fresh and clean always.

If Your Pet Has an Offensive Odor:

First off, if your pet has an offensive odor, this could be a sign that there's an underlying health problem. For example, yeast infections can create an odor. Also, your pet's skin may be too oily, or he or she may be suffering with allergies that are taking their toll on the skin and fur. If regularly bathing your pet with a natural shampoo doesn't do the trick, you should take your pet to the vet in order to get a proper diagnosis and eliminate the source of the odor before the problem escalates.

Nutrition is also an important component of making sure your pet never smells. Provide a species-appropriate diet that's packed with high quality, human grade animal proteins to your carnivorous dogs and cats, and make sure you avoid allergenic ingredients, such as wheat, corn, and soy. Feeding the right food will eliminate allergies and dramatically improve the health of your pet's skin and fur.

Natural Shampoo

There are many natural pet shampoos on the market, and you need to find one that you like, by reading all of the ingredients. To make the most of the shampoo that you choose, mix roughly 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with the shampoo and use it to bathe your pet. This won't only clean your pet and help him or her smell great, but will also help get rid of excess dirt, oil, and bacteria that may remain on skin and fur and cause odors.

Neem Oil

For pets with offensive odors as a result of skin conditions, neem can work wonderfully at improving the health of the animal while eliminating the odor. Neem provides antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant benefits. It can even work at repelling and killing fleas and mosquitoes naturally, and it'll moisturize the skin.

Using a shampoo containing neem will aid pets who are suffering with allergies, itchy skin, and excessive shedding. You can even dab some neem directly onto your pet or add some coconut oil to your pet's food to heal skin problems from the inside.

Getting Rid of Pet Odors Around the House Naturally

Avoid the use of toxic air fresheners around the house if you're dealing with typical pet odors that aren't health related. Sprinkling baking soda throughout your home is a great way to naturally eliminate odors. Let it sit for several hours so that it can effectively absorb the odors before you vacuum it up. This is appropriate for carpets, furniture, and pet beds.  

Final Thoughts

When it comes to pet odor, look to the source of the problem. Natural shampoos and neem work well if your pet is suffering with ailments that are causing an offensive odor. And when it comes to clearing pet odors from your home, avoid toxic synthetic fragrances and cleaning products.

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