Anyone who has a dog knows that he or she doesn’t always smell like a bed of roses.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to bathe Fido. Frequent bathing can cause the dog’s skin to dry out. Weather can dictate the frequency of bathing – especially if you have to do it outdoors. Relying on a commercial dog wash can be costly. So your scratch your head and wonder what you can do to get rid of your dog’s odor.
Do not fret. There are some good alternatives for keeping a dog clean between baths without breaking the bank.
Cornstarch is one natural product that can help minimize doggie odors. It is very absorbent and can also help relieve dry itchy skin. Simply rub a generous amount of cornstarch into the dog’ coat. Use caution to keep the cornstarch out of the dog’s eyes and nose. Once you have distributed the cornstarch through the hair down to the skin, brush the dog thoroughly to remove the powdery substance.
A doggie powder can be made by mixing one cup of cornstarch with one-quarter cup of baking soda. Apply as you would cornstarch and brush thoroughly to remove. Again, use caution around the face area.
Baking soda can also be used on its own. Apply a generous amount and brush the baking soda into the hair.
If you want to add a nice scent to the doggie powder, add a little baby powder to the mix.
Another alternative is commercial pet wipes which can be rather expensive. Most pet stores offer a variety to choose from.
You can also make your own pet wipes by adding a few simple ingredients to sensitive skin baby wipes. Choose a soothing essential oil and add a few drops to aloe vera juice. Pour the mixture over the wipes. Seal them in container with a tight-fitting lid or a plastic baggie. Use as needed.
There are dry shampoos made especially for dogs. These products may cost more than homemade ones, but they do eliminate the need for mixing.
Another option for keeping Fido smelling his best is an ionic brush that emits positive ions in the form of ozone, which is known to neutralize odors. The brushes, which are fast gaining in popularity, serve multiple purposes. In addition to ridding the dog of odors, ionic brushes let you remove mats and tangles from the fur. Ionic brushes are available for about $10.
Clean bedding is essential to keeping Fido smelling fresh and clean. It is a good idea to launder pet bedding once a week. Use hot water and a high quality detergent. Try adding one-half cup of white vinegar to the load of wash. Vinegar is known for removing odors.
Beds that cannot be laundered can be wiped off with antibacterial soap. You may want to apply some white vinegar to a cloth and wipe the surface. Follow up by wiping everything with plain hot water to remove any soap residue.
Keeping Fido smelling good doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. Your family and friends will appreciate your efforts!