Stinky-dog syndrome. We all know a furry friend with it, and luckily, those pongs are all worth it when you see their tail wag or they wander over for a cuddle, but you can take action and banish bad smells.
The first place to start is a good-quality dog shampoo. It needs to get their coat sparkling clean and have a lovely fragrance too. Find out which is the best smelling dog shampoo, the reasons your pet might have bad BO and the best way to dry them.
What’s the best smelling dog shampoo?
The best smelling dog shampoo should use natural, organic ingredients to leave behind a subtle fragrance. Plant-based extracts and herbal oils will create a scent that’ll make you want to snuggle your furry friend even more. You don’t want a harsh or artificial perfume that gets sickly over time. Plus, formulas without additives and chemicals are better for your dog’s sensitive skin. The ingredients and levels need to match their delicate pH balance, which is much less acidic than ours. We’ve got an all-natural pet care range coming soon – which includes a shampoo. Check our website over the next few weeks for updates, or sign up to our newsletter for product updates and offers.
Why does my dog stink even after a bath?
If you’ve thoroughly washed your mucky mutt and there’s still a lingering odour – there might be something else going on. There are a few things that can affect their body odour:
What your pooch puts in their mouth affects their bodily functions. They need to eat the right mix of food groups full of vitamins and minerals to feed the good bacteria in their gut. Ultra-processed dog food, that’s bulked out or filled with additives, does the opposite. The same goes for intolerances or allergies. Their digestive system reacts which causes stinky gas, poos and breath.
An infection or allergy might be the cause of a bad stink. Problems with their ears, skin or external bugs can lead to inflamed, smelly skin. Keep an eye out for self-grooming. If they excessively scratch or lick themselves, don’t try and bathe them yourself. Take them to the vet who can prescribe the right medication or products.
When you’ve gone to the effort of cleansing your canine companion, you don’t want a bad-smelling bed to rub off on them. If you can, pop their bedding or any fabrics they snuggle, into the wash at the same time as their bath. That way, they’ll smell fresh and anything they interact with will too.
How do I make my dog smell better between washing?
Dogs love getting mucky. But if you can, try and only bathe them once every few months. In the meantime, you can use a dry shampoo. With a quick spray, they gently remove dirt and grease, leaving behind a fresh scent. Dry shampoos are perfect for dog’s who hate the bath too. That’s why we’ll be including one as part of our upcoming product range.
How should I dry my dog after a bath?
Even with the best products in the world, a damp dog, is a smelly dog. So if you want a fresh pup, make sure they’re fully dry before they run off into the garden for playtime.
Groomers don’t give their doggy clients that ‘just walked out of an expensive salon’ look by giving up after the bath. A hairdryer speeds up the drying process, helps prevent tangles and gives volume. Whatever you do, it’s important you don’t burn them. Only use a tool with a low heat setting, hold it a few inches away from them and keep the nozzle moving.
If your dog’s hair isn’t too long, a quick towel dry might be enough. It’s also a good way of quickly removing moisture before an all-out blow-out. It’s tempting to vigorously rub them but you’re more likely to end up with tangles. Instead, try dabbing into their fur. Press the towel down, soak up the water and repeat. Keep plenty of towels on hand – you’ll probably get through one, two or three…
Air dry is the low-effort option. But it’s probably only suitable for dogs with short-coats. If their fur is long, thick or double-layered, it’s not a good idea. It’ll take too long to fully dry and too much moisture can result in mats or hot spots (red, inflamed lesions). If your furry friend hates the other methods, they might get on better at the groomers.
What are enzymes?
Don’t be fooled to think that because enzymes are natural they are less effective than chemical cleaners. Enzymes are nature’s very own powerful cleaning tools. Making them the go to choice for pet owners who do not want to spray harmful chemicals around their pets and their home.
Simply put, enzymes are all around us performing millions of important tasks in our bodies and in nature every single day. They are a type of protein that act like a biological catalyst to speed up the break down of organic compounds.
Similarly to how saliva, (which contains enzymes), initiates the digestion process by breaking down food in our mouths, cleaning enzymes use the same ‘enzymatic digestion’ to effectively break down and eradicate the organic proteins present in urine, faeces, vomit, drool, dirt, food, and more.
This process not only makes cleaning easier but also prevents the growth of bad bacteria – the root cause of those unpleasant odours – in the air, on surfaces, and within the fibres of your soft furnishings.
Try out Bio one today, vomit and the other nasties is what nature created enzymes for.
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