With temperatures on the rise, it’s that time of year where those pesky pet odors start to become more prominent in the home. As our pets start spending more time playing and sweating outdoors in the sun, they track those unpleasant smells indoors, spreading unwanted scents that cling to our carpets, furniture, and linger in the air. And, as any pet owner knows, it can be terribly embarrassing when guests walk in and start to notice.
It can be a real challenge to control these smells. In fact, for many, it’s a daily battle to stay on top of things. So, what exactly can you do to prevent pet odor from taking over your home? Well, the key, really, is to stay ahead of odors before they start to linger. Here are some things you can do to keep the stench at bay:
- Bathe – A major part of odor prevention happens with implementing a regular bathing routine with your pet. Sure, keeping them clean isn’t the easiest task, as they carry natural odors and pick up other odors throughout their days, from using the bathroom, to playing with other animals, to rolling around in the mud, but that’s exactly why you need to make a point to regularly bathe your pet.
- Wash bedding – All pet owners know that pet odor goes wherever your pet goes, including in their own bed. So, be sure to wash bedding often. And, don’t forget to wash your own if your pet likes to snuggle in there too!
- Stay on top of litter boxes – Litter box odors tend to leave nasty, lingering smells that drift all throughout your living space. The ammonia gasses are strong and one of the toughest odors pet owners have to combat. One of the best ways around this is to simply clean out your pet’s litter box every day, and try using a pet-friendly product to eliminate the smell before it has the chance to leave the box.
- Designate “activity” areas – To help confine odor causing activities, like eating, set designated areas. This at least limits odors from travelling around your home (as long as you keep them clean, of course). To cut down on odors from meal time, in particular, be sure to wash food and water dishes at least once a day. You should also set a designated bathroom area for litter boxes or potty training pads for younger pets.
- Pay attention to overall health – It’s important to practice preventive measures with your pet when it comes to their overall health, but these care practices also help to control pet odor. Make a point to regularly clean your pet’s ears and teeth, as these things can actually contribute to the problem. For instance, if your pup has long, hanging ears that drag, they’ll need to be cleaned more often since there’s less air circulation, and this can not only lead to odor but infection. It’s also important to pay attention to your pet’s dental health, as periodontal disease can lead to bad breath. For more information on these preventive measures and more, talk to your veterinarian.
Pet owners have to constantly take measures to combat pesky odors. But, if you make a point to stick to a maintenance routine to keep your pet and their designated areas clean and healthy, you can easily reduce foul odors from lingering in your home.