How to Prevent Dog Smell

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20 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Is your dog smelling a bit funky? Chances are if you've noticed it, everyone else has noticed it 10 times more. Wet dog smell is caused by natural oils and microorganisms, such as bacteria and yeasts, that live on your dog. When your dog gets wet when he goes out in the rain, or when your dog locates a lovely pond or swamp to play in, these substances combine with water to smell particularly foul. Thus the term, “wet dog smell”. Even bathing your dog improperly can result in a dog that smells just as bad, or worse than before, because of the interaction of water with bacteria and oils on your dog's coat. Certain breeds seem particularly smelly because they have sebum oil on their coats, which is particularly funky when combined with water. Hounds and retrievers are amongst these particularly smell doggies. Dogs that have parasites, yeast infections, bacterial infections, or skin conditions can also be more smelly than usual.

Dog's Perspective

The only one who does not seem to care if your dog smells is your dog! In fact, he may even think he smells great. Dogs seem to gravitate towards rolling in the stinkiest stuff they can find, everything from dirt to poop to dead things. Yuck! Efforts you make to keep your dog smelling better, like bathing and grooming, may not be appreciated by your dog nearly as much as you think he should. So if your dog is not a fan of being bathed and groomed, be sure to associate these activities with rewards, and show patience, so your dog learns that efforts to prevent him from smelling bad aren't all that terrible after all.

The General Care Method

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Examine
Assess your dog’s general health. Check your dog's skin for bacterial or yeast infections regularly. Especially check skin folds and ears. If infections or dermal sores are found, get your veterinarian's advice to receive appropriate medication. Also, check for endocrine, dental, or gastrointestinal problems that may be causing foul dog smell. Check for parasites, and ensure your dog has a good well-balanced diet.
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Brush regularly
Brush and comb your dog daily to remove dead skin and loose hair. Use baking soda or cornstarch when grooming between baths as a dry shampoo. Regularly brush your dog's teeth as part of daily grooming.
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Use wipes
Regularly wipe off excess debris or discharge from the eyes, ears, and mouth with a damp cloth or baby wipes. Wipe off your dog's paws and back end regularly to remove dirt and feces, if necessary.
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Clean bedding
Wash your dog's bedding regularly use baking soda.
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Clean ears
Clean dog's ears regularly. Put mineral or baby oil, 3-4 drops, in each ear and then with a cotton ball and your fingers, wipe out any debris in the ear.
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The Bathing Method

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Bathe often
Give your dog a bath weekly or biweekly. Put your dog in a bath or shower on a non slip surface. Wet your dog down thoroughly. A handheld shower is ideal.
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Distribute shampoo
Dilute shampoo with water to evenly distribute all over your dog's body. Use a high quality dog shampoo. If parasites or skin infections are present, use an appropriate shampoo to address these issues. Lather, rinse, and repeat.
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Condition
Use a dog appropriate conditioner to address dry skin and hair conditions. Rinse well.
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Dry
Towel dry then blow dry your dog on a low heat setting. Do not let your dog air dry, as oils and microorganisms on his coat will have time to combine with water and create odor.
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Use scent
Use a dog perfume or cologne. You can spray with vinegar and water or use essential oils such as lavender on the coat to neutralize odor.
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Caution & Considerations

  • When using substances such as shampoo, vinegar, oils, cologne, baking soda, and cornstarch, be careful not to get products in the eyes, nose or mouth and to ensure your dog does not lick and ingest residue.

  • Using dog-appropriate shampoos, conditioners, and colognes is recommended to ensure your dog does not ingest substances that could make him sick.

  • If your dog is particularly foul smelling, take your dog to a veterinarian to check for any infections, parasites, or conditions that may be causing the odor.

  • When bathing, use restraints and non-slip surfaces and an assistant if needed to lift your dog in and out of tub and keep him secure during bathing.

Conclusion

Keeping your dog healthy and clean are the most important steps to minimizing dog odor. Remember, water is not always your friend in keeping dog smell at bay. When you bathe your dog, be sure to use the correct products and dry thoroughly afterward, so dampness does not become a contributing factor to doggy smell.  A little elbow grease, daily upkeep, and care will keep your mutt smelling marvelous.

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