If the body odor problem in the house is coming from your dog, you don't have to send it outside. While a foul-smelling dog can make you want to plug your nose, there are some simple things you can do to eliminate the odor. Here are four tips to help keep your dog smelling fresh and clean.
Monitor the Baths
When it comes to bath time, every dog is different. Some dogs will require weekly baths to stay clean, while other dogs can go an entire month between baths. Unfortunately, you won't know what type of bath schedule your dog needs until you conduct the smell test. Begin by monitoring the number of baths you give your dog each month. If you give it one bath, and it starts smelling after the first week, you should increase the number of baths to once a week. However, if you're giving your dog weekly baths and it's still smelling ripe, you might want to cut back on the baths. Too many baths can cause the oil glands to work overtime, which can lead to increased body odor.
If your dog has an odor problem, it could be in need of more frequent brushing. As oil and dirt builds up on the fur, your dog can develop an odor problem. Daily brushing helps get rid of the oils and dirt, leaving your dog smelling clean and fresh. It's important to note that if your dog has short hair, and stays in for the better part of most days, you can get away with brushing it about once a week.
Clean the Ears
If you're noticing a foul odor coming from your facial area, give its ears a quick sniff. It might have a buildup of gunk that's causing the foul odors. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe your pet's ears. To get rid of the gunk, mix two parts water with one-part white vinegar. Use a bulb syringe to carefully flush out the inside of your dog's ears. Gently run the ear to swish the solution around inside the ear and then wipe dry with a clean cloth or cotton ball.
See the Vet
If your dog continues to experience foul body odor, no matter what you do, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Serious odors that don't go away could be the sign of a more serious medical condition such as:
- Wound infections
- Ear infections
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Skin diseases
If your dog's body odor is making you plug your nose, take control of the odor. Use the tips provided here to keep your dog smelling clean. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about other ways to prevent dog odors.