Pet Odors and Odor Control


  • Blot up as much as possible if wet.
  • Apply vinegar solution and blot
  • Apply detergent solution and blot
  • Apply ammonia solution and blot
  • Rinse with water and blot until dry
  • Cover spot with ½ inch pad of paper towels and weigh it down to dry for 6-8 hours
  • If stain remains, professional help is recommended. Urine may cause dye removal
  • If large areas of carpeting are involved a carpet cleaning machine could help


  • Follow above steps for stain removal then if odor is still present
  • Wait until ammonia smell disappears and spot dries then
  • Purchase a “bacterial enzymatic odor eating product” from the pet store. Ask them which product they consider the most effective. Follow the directions on the package. With bacterial enzymatic products it is often the case that the smell will get worse before it gets better because the bacteria enzymes digest the urea in the urine and produce a volatile gas.


  1. Mix together the following in a bucket
    • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
    • ½ cup baking soda
    • 1 teaspoonful liquid soap
  2. Soak animal with this solution
  3. Rinse off with tap water
  4. A tomato juice rinse is also helpful
  5. If available, obtain a product called “Skunk Off” from the pet store.

    Both dogs and cats have small sacs on either side of the anus that lie under the skin and contain a foul smelling material that is usually expressed when the animal is frightened. The actual material that oozes out of these sacs can vary in consistency from watery to pasty. Anal gland odor can be very difficult to wash off the pet or off rugs and furniture with just soap and water but there are pet odor elimination products that are effective at neutralizing the smell. Animals that lick or chew at themselves due to allergies will cause the coat to become moist and smelly. Avoiding the offending allergen, if possible, and relieving the itching with antihistamines, natural hydro cortisone, licorice root, and Beta thyme will often eliminate this type of odor .


    Yeast and bacterial ear infections can produce a very obnoxious odor that pervades the house and causes it to reak. If your pet’s ears smell stinky and the animal is rubbing or scratching his or her ears then it is time to see your veterinarian who can determine the exact cause of the problem and prescribe an antibiotic and ear cleaner that will alleviate the problem. If the ears are extremely dirty and full of wax and infection a professional ear flush may be necessary.


    Dogs and cats that have heavy tartar on their teeth along with gum or periodontal disease will have extremely bad breath. When these same animals lick themselves and groom their coat they spread the mouth odor all over their bodies. To alleviate this odor have the animal get a professional dental prophylaxis which will remove the odor promoting tartar and greatly reduce the oral bacterial population. A thorough medicated deodorant bath will help wash off the mouth odor from the hair coat. If a teeth cleaning does not solve the problem then the odor may be eminating from the stomach. If this is the case then changing the food to a more digestible one while adding digestive enzymes and probiotics may make your life more pleasant. An easy to apply dentifrice will also help to reduce the bacterial population in the mouth and keep it smelling sweet.


    Bacterial and yeast infections are common causes of skin and coat odors. Another cause of skin odor is the nasty habit dogs have of rolling in fox urine or the stool of other wild life. . Of course clearing up the skin infections with anti bacterial herbs or with antibiotics is an important part of the solution but immediate relief will require a anti bacterial, anti inflammatory deodorizing bath and oatmeal creme rinse or spraying the pet with a probiotic liquid called “Inner Garden”. This probiotic liquid contains a population of good bacteria which quickly destroys most any odor.

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