We all recognize that dreaded smell — doggy odor. Just the sound of it makes you cringe whether it is the classic wet dog smell, evidence that they have rolled about in something unpleasant, or they are suffering from digestive challenges.
The thought alone makes most people want to plug their nose. And though it may just seem like a fact of life, most odor problems can be eliminated—or even better yet, prevented.
Sure, dogs have a tendency to stick, but a regular bath goes a long way in keeping your dog smelling his best. A shampoo that is deodorizing (usually contains baking soda) can be very helpful. Baking soda is famous for its odor-absorbing properties. Leave the shampoo on for the recommended time — or longer.Effectively neutralizing the smells makes a huge difference in just “ok” and really good.
Just like people need to clip their nails and color their hair, dog hygiene is more than an occasional bath. Help your dog be his best by brushing his coat. Brushing a dog’s coat removes dirt, dead hair and other debris that can cause odors.
Dog ears require special attention. Good ear hygiene iis critical to a well-kept, good smelling dog. Long-eared dogs can experience a peculiar, yeasty odor if they are not cleaned at least once a week.
Brushing your dog’s teeth will also help keep his mouth clean. Just like with people, plaque and tartar often lead to unpleasant odors (bad breathe).
More Than Perfume
Trendy canine perfumes might seem like a good option, but they don’t actually clean your pet; they just cover up the odor for a little while. The unpleasant smell is sure to come through again once the fragrance wears off. Also remember that your dog’s nose is much more sensitive than your own. A scent that you may find mild and pleasing may irritate or even harm your canine pet. If you do wish to use a scented spray on your dog between baths, be sure to select a product that is made for dogs. To make sure he isn’t bothered by the smell, take him with you to the pet supply store and let him sniff it before you buy it.
Without a doubt, the most important factor in a good-smelling dog it diet. A dog with tummy issues, toots, and gas isn’t just unpleasant it is embarrassing.
Take a long hard look at your dog’s diet. Most dog food offers dried, processed food devoid of enzymes or omega-3 fatty acids. Dogs need protein, but they also need fresh food and a diet rich in vitamins, enzymes, proteins can make a bigger impact than just smelling good. There are amazing supplements and diet plans that can reverse aging, disease and smells in your dog. Your dog can gain energy, reduce joint pain, a healthy coat and good teeth.
You dog could also suffer digestive problem from:
- Eating too quickly
- Consuming milk products
- Eating too much food (especially from the dinner table!)
- Consuming low-quality dog food
Keeping your dog clean (inside and out) is the beginning to a happy — and sweet smelling — pet! Keep working at it.