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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

How to eliminate dog smell.

Dog ownership can bring numerous benefits, such as companionship, security and joy. Taking long walks, tossing a ball, and enjoying relaxation with a pet are all pastimes many dog owners share. Just as important, though not always as fun, is a proper hygiene ritual. Keeping your dog's coat and skin clean will help to reduce that "doggy smell" so many people dislike; in addition, cleanliness is the best way to effectively "deodorize" your favorite canine companion. Apart from proper cleaning, you can employ a few tricks and products to help reduce your pet's doggy smell.

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Things you will need:

Dog brush  
Dog shampoo  
3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1 quart  
1/4 cup baking soda  
1 teaspoon dog shampoo  
Soft, absorbent towel  
Lanolin hand cream  
Anti-bacterial mouthwash  
Spray bottle  
All-natural chlorophyll  
Doggie perfume or cologne

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1.  Brush your dog thoroughly with a good dog brush. Brushing our your dog's fur not only gets rid of dead hair that may cause knots and matting, it helps loosen dirt particles that may be stuck to your dog's coat that may contribute to any unwelcome odors.

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2. Keep your dog's ears clean. A buildup of earwax in your dog's ear can lead not only to bad odors, but ear infections as well. Keeping this area of your dog's body clean can help reduce the chances of a bad-smelling dog.
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 3. Establish a washing schedule. It may seem simple, but properly cleaning your dog on a regular basis can help neutralize some of the causes of doggy stink.

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4. Incorporate a shampoo specifically designed for dogs into your dog-washing routine. Human shampoos can leave a dog's skin dry and flaky, which may also increase body odor. By using a shampoo specially designed for dogs, you can be sure that you are addressing the specific needs of your canine's coat and skin.
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5. Dry your dog after bathing. Some types of bacteria are attracted to moisture, and wet fur on a living dog is a very hospitable habitat for bacteria to live and reproduce, contributing to dog smell. Dry your dog thoroughly with a soft absorbent towel when she gets wet to help reduce the chances of bacteria taking up home on your dog's coat.
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6. Mix together one part water, one part lanolin hand cream and one part anti-bacterial mouthwash in a spray bottle to create a simple and safe home solution that will help prevent odor in between baths. Shake the mixture vigorously until well-mixed and then spray it onto your dog's coat; rub it in. The anti-bacterial mouthwash will help to eliminate any bacteria that did find its way onto and into your dog's fur, while the lanolin will help soften and protect the individual hairs of the coat.
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7. Feed your dog healthy meals. Remember that just as the type of food humans consume affects our body's biological functions -- like sweat production and gland excrement -- so does a dog's diet affect its functions. Feeding your dog a healthy, well-balanced diet, as prescribed by his veterinarian, will help to keep your dog healthy inside and out.
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8. Add a drop of all-natural liquid chlorophyll to your dog's drinking water. Liquid chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer and can help to reduce odors that are produced during digestion -- including bowel production -- in the bodies of both humans and animals.
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9. Purchase a doggie perfume. Numerous colognes are made specifically for dogs that you can find at your local pet store or even online through doggie boutiques. Check with your vet or groomer for any specific recommendations; always follow the manufacturer's directions to avoid any dermal irritations.
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10. Visit your vet. The bad smell emanating from your dog may be related to an internal issue; perhaps an anal gland is clogged or something else is within your dog that's causing the odor. Having your dog checked out by a vet may help to discover a possible health problem that needs medical attention.

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