Spring breezes, garden-fresh floral arrangements, and fresh-cut grass – the aromas that Spring is in the air! But, these scents aren’t always how you describe a home with a dog odors.
We all know our cute little pup can bring some funny smells into our homes. It’s important to stay away from spraying a layer of perfume all over and instead to treat the problem at the source. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks to keep your home smelling lovely!
Tips for Eliminating Dog Odors
Clean up any messes promptly
When you realize your pup has had an accident, be sure to clean it with a specialized cleaner. Not all cleaners are created equal, either! Enzyme cleaners, particularly Only Natural Pet Organic Stain & Odor Remover, help destroy the enzymes in dog accidents, rather than just cleaning the surface and masking the odors.
Give your pup a wipe down
We all know wet dogs have a certain smell. Be sure to dry them as soon as you can to help eliminate the musk that may occur on their wet dander. A great tip is to use a Sham-Wow when drying them outdoors! It helps remove any excess moisture from their coat and limits what may be rubbed into your carpets or furniture.
A bath may seem like the best way to eliminate outdoor odors, however, bathing our canine can’t happen every day. In reality, dog baths should be limited to no more than once a week. Use specialized dog wipes that are PH balanced for dogs to clean off the parts of your pup that you come in contact with most – their faces and paws.
Brush them out
The next best thing is a brush! Brushing your pup every day makes a huge impact on the scents they leave around. After brushing, handheld vacuums, like Dust Busters, are great around the house to get rid of fur around the house.
Use an air purifier
Air purifiers are devices that will remove any contaminants from the air in a room. This is an easy way to keep your house fresh and clean. They will eliminate any odors and help with allergies, too!
Give them a spritz
If you want to still spray your pup, there are safe options. Mauro Pet Care has several Body Mists to help refresh and rehydrate your dog’s coat between baths. If it’s their bedding or toys that have an odor, throw them in the wash regularly. You can even spray them occasionally with Mauro’s My Space: An Aromatherapy Pet Bed Spray.
Essential Oils & Your Dog
Essential oils are wonderful ways to incorporate good, fragrance-free smells into your home. Whether you add them to cleaning agents, diffusers, or rollerballs, essential oils can energize any space.
If you have a home with pets, just be mindful that their noses are exponentially more powerful than ours. They transmit smells as information, so your dog is going to get a heavier dose of those oils than you are. Use diffusers in moderation, or open a window to let some fresh air incorporate.
Not all oils are good for your pups. Avoid using the following oils on your dog: cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang-ylang.
Tea tree oil is a popular treatment to kill bacteria and fungi or as insect repellents for humans. However, the Animal Poison Control Center has reported that dogs receive toxicity when exposed to tea tree oil. Symptoms most commonly reported were depression, lethargy, weakness, incoordination, muscle tremors, and increased salivation or drooling, vomiting, skin rashes, collapse, and coma.
Don’t fret though- you can still use essential oils on and around your dog in moderation! Talk to your veterinarian about how you can safely use essential oils around your dog.