Tips For Tackling Dog Smells

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When dogs are allowed to outdoors on a regular basis, they may come home smelling of skunk spray or decaying organic material. Here are some tips to help get rid of your pet’s undesirable scent before he is allowed inside the home.

• Skunk smell
Make a de-skunking solution using 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Remember that the prepared solution should be used straightaway while it’s still bubbly. Hydrogen peroxide can discolor dark-colored fur so avoid leaving the solution on your pet’s hair coat for more than a few minutes. Make sure to rinse your dog thoroughly to eliminate all residues.

• Decaying organic material
If your pet returns home smelling of decaying organic material, like dead fish, most of the stench can be washed off with dog shampoo and water. To remove any residual or persistent odors, saturate your pet’s hair coat with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Give it at least 5-10 minutes to soak through before rinsing. Apply shampoo again and rinse afterwards.

Be extra careful when applying any of these solutions to your pet because they can damage your pet’s eyes. Bring your pooch to your Ashburn, VA veterinary clinic if eye irritation occurs. Click here.

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