How to Get Rid of Dog Smells In Your House
House Smelling Like Dog?
Dog Smells In The House
We've all visited a house and known that the owners have dogs the moment we step over the threshold. Not because a dog greets us, but because their smell assaults us. If you are a dog owner yourself, you may not even be aware that your dog is making your house smell, you just get used to it.
Don't let yourself be embarrassed by your dog's odour. Often our friends are too polite to mention the problem; they either stay away or accept that dog smells are an inevitable part of dog ownership. They aren't!
A few simple steps will have your house smelling fresh. You may even find you have a few more visitors!
Eliminating Dog Smells: Clean House and Clean Dog
Getting rid of dog smells is a bit like getting rid of fleas; you need to treat your dog and your house. Treating just one isn't going to work. You can have the sweetest smelling dog in the world, but if you don't wash his bed or tackle old stains, your house will still smell. Likewise, if you scrub the floors and shampoo the carpet, the effect will be short lived if your dog is wandering around the house with a smelly coat.
Handy Hoover Hint!
Keep a flea collar in your vacuum cleaner bag - it can help kill any fleas you hoover up!
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Get Rid of Dog Urine Smells
Firstly - never use bleach! The ammonia in it smells like urine to a dog, and he will simply use the spot again.
- On a rug or bedding - try using cider apple vinegar in the wash (about a quarter cup)
- On a carpet - soak up as much urine as you can with paper towels or newspaper, sprinkle the area with baking soda, leave it for at least 30 minutes, then hoover or brush up. Repeat.
- On hard floors - try mopping with a 3:1 solution of warm water and white vinegar.
Top Tips to Keep Your House Free of Dog Smells
Ideally, you will have hard floors and mop them every day. If you can keep carpets for upstairs or areas where your dog doesn't go, you will save yourself a lot of time in fighting dog smells. Likewise, keeping your dog off the furniture will cut down on work.
Realistically though, many of us have carpets and like letting the dog on the sofa. Here are some suggestions for keeping the house smelling fresh.
- Open the windows daily and air the house.
- Vacuum clean carpets and mop hard floors every day. This will remove hair, skin debris and is also a very valuable tool in keeping fleas at bay. Empty the vacuum bag and put it outside.
- If the weather is dry, hang your dog's bedding outside to air while you take him out for a walk.
- Wash pet bedding every week.
- If you allow your dog on to the sofa, put a blanket down first. Wash this with the dog's bedding each week.
- Shampoo or steam clean the carpet every month. A good steam cleaner can be very effective at shifting dog smells.
- If your dog urinates on the carpet, deal with it immediately (see box below for how to deal with dog urine smells).
- If you are out when the dog urinates and can't locate the spot, try a "black light" to show up the spot.
Dog Smells and Dog Health
Dogs, Diabetes and Smelly Breath
If your dog's breath has a smell of acetone (like nail polish remover) ask your vet to check him over, particularly if he has other symptoms such as rapid breathing, vomiting or lethargy. This could be an indication of diabetes ketoacidosis, a potentially lethal condition.
Keep Your Dog's Teeth Clean
Why is Your Dog Smelling?
Dogs don't have to smell unacceptably bad. A certain amount of odour is natural, but if your dog is smelling strongly, you should ask yourself why.
- Do you bathe him regularly?
Once a month, at least, is recommended. If he likes to roll in muck, do it more often.
Groom him daily to remove old hairs and dander, this will help stop a build up that can contribute to smelliness.
- Does his breath smell?
Smelly breath can arise if you don't clean your dog's teeth. Tooth decay will cause bad breath and if the dog is drooling too, the saliva will get on the coat around the mouth and smell. Changes in the smell of the breath can indicate diabetes or kidney disease.
- Are his ears smelly?
Sometimes a dog can get an ear infection and this will cause an extremely unpleasant smell. Take the dog to the vet, don't try to treat it by cleaning the ears yourself, you can create a worse problem, particularly if you put water in the ears.
- Full anal glands can cause bad smells
There are two glands on either side of your dog's anus. In most cases the secretions from these glands are drained naturally when your dog defecates. However, sometimes this doesn't happen and the glands become full, impacted and smelly. If not dealt with the glands can become infected and very smelly. Your vet can express the glands, and show you how to do it too. This will eliminate the smell.
- Is your dog flatulent?
It's normal for your dog to have some gas, but if it happens all the time, his diet may need to be adjusted. Ask your vet's advice.
Old Fashioned Cleaning Stops Dog Odour
The Buck Stops with You, Not the Dog!
Remember that the responsibility for your dog and your home lies with you; the dog may be making the house smell, but it is only you who can deal with the problem. So, what are you waiting for, get rid of that dog smell from your house!