How to get rid of the dog smell in the house: useful tips
Cute, smart, and playful dogs give their owners a lot of joy and positive emotions. They become real family members, loving and loyal. However, it can be challenging to eliminate an unpleasant odor. Sofas, carpets, pillows, clothes - everything around you is literally "soaked" in a specific dog odor.
Various factors can contribute to an unpleasant odor, such as breed, age, coat type, health status, amount of salivation, frequency of bathing, etc. The Sante Plus publication has explored how to neutralize the dog odor in the house.
How to minimize the dog odor
It's impossible to get rid of the dog odor permanently and completely. Experts liken it to trying to eliminate the smell of a rose or the iodized scent of the sea. When choosing a pet, be prepared for some unpleasant odors. There are no perfect solutions here.
However, the smell of dogs can be minimized. The most basic and effective way to address the issue is to clean all the places where the animal walks. Regular baths for your dog and checking for parasites and infections are crucial.
Indeed, dirty fur due to a lack of hygiene is one of the main causes of persistent odor. Julia Jenkins, a professional dog trainer, recommends regular baths with mild shampoo, at least once a month. After long walks, your pet should also be washed.
Why the dog may smell bad after bathing
If you regularly bathe your pet and the unpleasant odor persists or even increases, it may be due to health problems. This could range from skin irritation to bacteria or infections, indicating it's time for a veterinary examination.
Regular floor cleaning also helps minimize the odor, albeit temporarily. Don't forget to vacuum carpets to remove hair.
If you allow your dog to sit on the couch, cover the surface with a special blanket or rug. While this won't prevent the odor from penetrating the sofa fabric entirely, it will at least reduce it somewhat.
Regularly spraying with white vinegar can also be beneficial. Fill a spray bottle with ⅘ white vinegar and ⅕ water. Note that vinegar has a bleaching effect, so test the product on an inconspicuous piece of fabric first.
Experts recommend washing your dog's bed and blanket weekly, adding ½ cup of white vinegar before washing. Your pet's toys also need regular washing.
Baking soda is an excellent odor-neutralizer. If you don't have time to wash your dog's clothes every week, for example, sprinkle them with baking soda and leave them overnight. Ensure your pet doesn't come into contact with these items during this time. In the morning, remove the baking soda residue with a vacuum cleaner. If possible, give your dog an additional rinse.
How to minimize the smell of dog urine
Cleaning experts suggest pouring 2 tablespoons of baking soda directly onto urine marks and leaving it to act for several hours. This natural ingredient cleans stains and eliminates odors simultaneously.
A spray with white vinegar can also be used. Spray the solution on the affected area, wait 10 minutes, then rub with a damp sponge. Rinse with water and let it dry.
Lemon juice or citric acid can also help. Rub the area with an unpleasant odor with lemon juice and leave it for 10-20 minutes.
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