As warm temperatures settle in for the Summer months, pet odors may start to become much more prominent, as our furry loved ones start to sweat and play in the hot sun. Not only are pet odors unpleasant, they can also be embarrassing, especially if your playing host to guests who notice.
We’re all familiar with that all too distinct smell; the odor can cling to furnishings, floorings and linger in the air of your home. As a result, controlling the smell in your home can be quite the challenge. For many pet owners, it’s a daily battle of the senses as we continuously struggle to stay on top of odor issues. That’s why the best way to stay ahead of it is to develop a strategy. Here’s what you can do:
Keep Pets Clean
This is an easy enough concept, though not always the easiest to execute. Although pets have a natural odor, they pick up other foreign odors throughout their day from going outside, urinating and defecating, rolling around in who knows what or playing with other animals. That is why you should have a regular bathing routine, especially if your pets are cuddly and like to sleep in your bed or on your furniture.
Practice Preventive Measures
The practice of cleaning your pet’s ears and teeth contributes to more than just their general well-being, it also helps to control pet odor. Dogs with hanging ears need regular cleanings since there is less air circulation, which can lead to infection and odor. Also, consider that a pet without regular dental cleanings will develop bad breath (not to mention periodontal disease). Be sure to ask your veterinarian about what preventive measures you should be taking with your pet to prevent odor.
Wash Bedding Often
Pet odor goes where the pet goes, and that includes to bed. Pet bedding can smell and should be laundered often (as should your bedding if your pet sleeps with you). One secret that can help cut down on odor, is to wash your pet’s bed in hot water, then add white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Dealing with Litter Box Odors
One of the toughest odor issues that pet owners face is undoubtedly the litter box. The ammonia gasses are so strong and move around your house so quickly that it can feel impossible to get rid of. Other than scooping and cleaning the box every day, consider using a product that can eliminate the odor before it even leaves the litter box area. However, be sure that the product you use is something that is safe and non-toxic for your pets, and preferably without perfumes or scents since animals are very sensitive to fragrance.
Confine Odor Causing Activities
To help reduce pet odors in your home, feed your pet(s) in one room and be sure to wash food and water dishes at least once a day. It also helps to change out their water a few times a day; this keeps it clean and free of dust and debris, which can lead to odor.
If you have young pets in your home that are potty training, or if you keep a kitty litter box, again, keep all potty areas confined to one room so that smells don’t travel. You may also want to keep an air filter running in your pet’s potty area.
Although we all deal with house odors and issues on a regular basis pet odors always seem to be the worst. Developing a maintenance routine for your pet and their health will greatly reduce odor in your home. Just remember that no matter how you tackle this issue, make sure that you are not exposing your pet (or you) to toxic chemical solutions.