There is data that indicates that last year there were 13 million pets registered in our country, of which 93% are dogs, 6%, cats, and the rest, rabbits, especially, among others. Loneliness, mainly among the elderly, causes this figure to increase every year and that is, having a pet is a great company. However, there are people who, although they adore their pets, suffer every day the odors that these animals give off naturally. Next, we are going to give you some tricks so that your house always smells good.
Why does my dog smell?
The first thing to find out is why your pet smells bad.
Animals, like people, have a distinctive odor which, at times, can be a bit unpleasant. In the case of dogs, for example, it may be due to a condition of the animal or be a sign of health problems.
In the first case, dogs have two small glands that secrete a brown or whitish fluid next to the anus, whose aroma is unpleasant. It’s about the way dogs communicate with each other. Your pads can also give off a bad smell or what is the same, the dog’s feet, since the sweat glands are concentrated in that area.
On the other hand, if the smell is a sign of some health problem, it could be a skin infection from scratching too much due to an allergy, an excess of oil on the skin that could oxidize and smell musty, a Ear infection or excess wax, a wound, excess dead hair, dental problems or flatulence due to eating problems, among others. Always in these cases, it is advisable to go to the vet.
Clean all your objects
First of all, you should know that the aroma that invades a house may not be perceived in the same way by the people who live in it as by those who come to visit. But, the truth is that the smell of dogs at home can be too noticeable if we do not carry out a proper cleaning method.
Above all, remember the importance of maintain cleaning and hygiene routines for your pets. Sweep or vacuum floors and carpets and wash blankets frequently to remove accumulation of hairs or debris that they can bring from abroad.
Also, it is important wash each of your objectsWhether it’s toys, cushions, pillows, the mattress, blankets or the bed itself. Dry your dog well after each bath.
Home air freshener
If, even so, you notice that there are still odors, you can try making your own homemade air freshener with natural ingredients that neutralize the smell of animals. Mix in a bottle one liter of water, five tablespoons of brown sugar and several orange and lemon peels. After a couple of days of rest, mix it well and steam your home, you will see how wonderful.
Another air freshener to remove stains that dogs can leave around our house, such as sofas or carpets, and therefore generate a bad smell, is one based on vinegar and baking soda. Both ingredients are widely used in household cleaning. For this case, mix two cups of warm water, three of white vinegar, and three of baking soda.
Another option is include a cup of apple cider vinegar in your dog’s regular shampoo. Without a doubt, a great odor neutralizer.
You can also use a air purifier with which, in addition to eliminating the bad smell, we will eliminate bacteria.
With all these tips, your nose will thank you and your pet will too.