Dog odor is the main problem why people think twice before taking home a dog, before keeping him in the house or in their cars. Dogs are very cute, friendly and smart beings and many people like them, but dog odor might often be a restrainer to all this.
For the very beginning let’s see what kind of odor we may feel. They are multiple: bad breath, poorly maintained fur, flatulence and stepping in their do-do, that’s the worse, in my opinion.
If you have this real problem, all you have to do is to follow some easy steps and you’ll get over it.
1. First step is to find the cause of your dog odor. Sometimes causes are obvious, you just have to do something about them. Of course that if your dog didn’t have a bath for the last few weeks, you shouldn’t wonder too much about his odor. Just take him a bath and the problem will be solved (this is an obvious problem).
For example if your dog is a clean and well entertained dog but has a bad breath, it means that he has a medical problem. Immediately take him to the vet and he will find the causes and will help you to solve them. Causes for bad breath are kidney disease, liver troubles, diabetes or bad teeth.
If after a good bath your dog’s fur still smells very bad, it might be a serious cause as chyletiella or seborrhea, and here is the need for medical help.
2. Do not use sprays and other chemicals to hide the smell. They are going to make things worse. They just hide the odor, without removing it, and the things you will use to hide the odor might not be safe at all for your dog, as some cosmetically products aren’t safe for human beings too.
If you are a dog owner at the beginning you might ask how is the right way to take a bath to your new friend. When you see that your dog is dirty or he dropped into something, be there for him. Choose the right shampoo which can remove dog odor, not just cover it, vet your dog, start shampooing your dog from his had to his tail, and avoid your dog ears and eyes. When you are done let your dog to shake the water of and than dry well with a towel or a dog dryer.
Still, one of the most common causes for a dog odor isn’t bathing, but a bad diet. As you can see, a bad diet can be the cause of most problems you are having with your dog. The bad smell you feel can be the cause of the unhealthy food your dog eats every day. If this is the case, change your dog’s food as soon as possible to a healthier one. The most frequent ingredients that may cause odors are soy and lactose. If you give your dog something to chew at mealtime, these will clean his teeth.
One way to prevent the odor of your dog is to take him walk, to play and to do much exercise because these will reduce flatulence. And always keep in mind to have your dog’s bed clean and fresh all the time. Respect these few rules and you will avoid bad odors in your house, in your car and anywhere your dog may go.
Have you ever had to deal with bad dog odor? What did you do about it? Let me know in the comment section below.