In order to address this question, it is helpful to understand why our beloved pets can smell so disgusting with just a little water. The reason is relatively simple, though not exactly pleasant. Our four legged friends who we snuggle, kiss and let sleep in our beds are home to various kinds of yeasts and bacteria. As if that’s not bad enough, that nasty bacteria is leaving behind “micro excreta”in your dog’s fur that you love to nuzzle with your nose. When water is added to the equation and begins to evaporate, the moisture carries the chemicals from the micro excreta into the air with it and, ultimately, into your nostrils!
But fear not! There are several methods to cope with your dog’s odor. In order to prevent or at least lessen the odor, try using a blow dryer on your pup’s fur after bath time. Towel drying your dog cannot get all the way down to the skin and therefore doesn’t get to the root of the problem! Even dogs with extremely short fur need more than a towel to be fully dry. Just be careful when using a blow dryer, as the sound can be alarming to a dog that isn’t expecting it. Also, be sure to use low heat in case your pup has sensitive skin.
Another prevention tool is bathing your dog regularly every couple of weeks. Too much bathing could dry out their skin and result in itching, but giving your dog regular baths will help to prevent the bacteria from building up. When you do bath your dog, use quality shampoo, rinse well and blow dry (just like you would for yourself)!
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Last but certainly not least, what is the first thing a dog loves to do after a bath? You guessed it – roll around on the carpet and furniture like a mad man! In order to eliminate wet dog smell from lingering in your home, fill a spray bottle with 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar to spritz on the furniture and in the air. White vinegar is a great natural remedy that is safe to use around dogs. Also, try dumping a little baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming to help neutralize the odor.
Now go enjoy the summer and get to swimming!