How To Make Your Dog Smell Good, The Natural Way
Ever got a whiff of your pup and thought that the dog has become a bit “doggy?” While healthy dogs shouldn’t smell really bad without a run in with something actually smelly, a regular bad odor might be the sign of an underlying health problem. SO it is always best to check with your vet.
However, there are some amazing natural ways to deodorize your dog without the use of harsh chemicals or shampoos that can be irritating to your pup’s sensitive skin.
Here are our favorites.
Brush Their Teeth
Your dog’s teeth can be a huge trap for old bits of food and a buildup of plaque, which harbors bacteria – both of which can be responsible for a pong from your pups mouth. And since they can’t clean their own teeth you will have to do it for them. Using a soft toothbrush, gently brush using a dog toothpaste (never human toothpaste) to remove any build up. Doing this regularly will help keep their breath fresh and their teeth healthy.
Long known as an effective natural deodorizer, baking soda is great to use on your dog’s coat to help make it smell fresh and odor free. Simply dust the powder onto your dog’s coat and work in with your hands or a brush. Be sure to avoid their eyes and snout. After a few minutes, give them a good brush to work the powder out of the coat. You might want to do this outside so you don’t end up with a house full of baking soda.
Vinegar really is a wonder liquid and is great at neutralizing foul smelling odors. Rub it into your dog’s coat for about 5-10 minutes and then rinse out thoroughly. For a really bad smell, such as skunk spray, mix the vinegar with dish soap which will help break down the oil in the spray, helping to loosen it from the coat.
Chlorophyll is the natural green pigment in plants and algae and is packed with vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to humans and animals alike. One of the relatively unknown benefits of the substance is it’s ability to eliminate toxins and bacteria – two things that can cause bad odors. For your furry friend, it can have a huge impact on the smell of both their breath and coat. Chlorophyll in liquid form can be added to your dog’s water making it an easy and beneficial addition to their diet.