Dog Odour: Natural and Unnatural

Dog odour can be unwelcoming and overpowering presence in your home. Two types of odour can emanate from your dog: natural odour and unnatural odour. Natural dog odour mostly comes from near your dog’s ears and its paw pads. Secretions which are for identification of your dog’s scent are a crucial bodily function common to all dogs. Other odorous secretions may come from apocrine glands in your dog’s external ear glands. When these become infected it results in a pungent smell. Dogs also have two anal sacs, or scent glands, which mark faecal deposits with their individual scent. Without being expressed by a vet or a professional groomer, these may become swollen and built up. Unkept, ungroomed and corded hair can be a source of unnatural unpleasant dog odour. Skin diseases, ear diseases, dental disease and flatulence all cause unnatural dog odour.

Dog Odour Removal Tips

– First thing’s first, check your dog to see if it is suffering from any problems which may be causing an odour more pungent than usual. If in doubt, seek the advice of a qualified vet.

– Gently sweep all your home’s hardwood floors, so as not to spread odour causing particles from one area to another.

– Mopping with a pet-safe antibacterial cleaner will help neutralise dog odour.

– Your frequency of vacuuming will depend on your dog’s hair-shedding patterns. Do your research and set up a robust vacuuming timetable. After your carpets, don’t forget your upholstery and furniture.

– Steam cleaning around the home will do wonders to neutralise dog odour.

– Wash your pet’s bed regularly! Dogs will deposit all manner of odorous substances in their beds, from saliva to urine! A regular thorough washing will help eliminate the smells.

– If you’ve tried all of this, and your odour problem persists, then you might want to turn forensic! Under a black light, urine, saliva and other bodily fluids will glow. If you’ve missed any areas, they will stick out like a sore thumb, under black light.