Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anyone have a "recipe" for a Natural Deodorizer for Dogs that really works?

When I bring my dog in from the outside after her walk, she has a very strong doggie odor. I realize that she is a dog, and she will smell to a degree, but it is very strong right after her walk (and even worse if it is hot, humid and/or damp/raining outside). I saw at the pet store, they have all kinds of deodorizers, but they all seem to be a perfume that would simply mask the odor.

I was wondering if any one out there knows of a natural deodorizer that can be made at home? I read about a natural deodorant for people that is made of baking soda (natural deodorizer) and corn starch (supposedly healthier because it does not contain talc). I wonder if some thing like that could be used with dogs?

I prefer not to put chemicals on my dog or make her smell like a perfume factory!!

I did read about using a fabric softener sheet, but I have to wonder how good that is since dogs do lick their fur, and I would think that the chemicals could be ingested.


Anyone have a %26quot;recipe%26quot; for a Natural Deodorizer for Dogs that really works?
There are baking soda sprays that can be purchased for peoples feet/shoes that will not harm your dog and will work (I%26#039;ve used it on my dog while we were camping and she got sprayed by a skunk, it helped until I could get home to bath her properly)
Reply:The fabric softener sheets do work and should not hurt your dog.
Reply:Try Earthbath Hypo Allergenic Shampoo. It is made from a blend of natural ingredients. It is mild, safe and non-irritating to the dogs skin. It will leave your dog with a clean, soft fresh smelling coat.

You might check to see if your dog has any skin irritations such as dermatitis which can be quite smelly. Licking and chewing can also cause an unpleasant smell.

Keeping your dog clean, brushing her teeth, and cleaning her ears should do the trick.
Reply:that is one weird question. sorry, cant help ya
Reply:put a %26#039;tree tea flea collar%26#039; on him, will have him smelling lovely. worked for my dog, hope this helps
Reply:Baking soda is the best and safest. Rub into your baby%26#039;s fur and brush out the excess--will aslo help remove excess oils too! :)
Reply:This may sound odd, but plain old vinegar mixed with ketchup can do wonders. Use about half and half mix.

Basically use it as a shampoo, and after she%26#039;s dry go back and sprinkle with baking soda, let it set for a couple of minutes, brush really well, and she should be deodorized %26#039;Au naturale%26#039;.

Just need a good place outdoors to do this, because the baking soda can make a mess. Good luck.
Reply:I use baking soda to get pet smells out of my carpet, though I doubt it should be applied to the dog. I would concider a trip to your vet to see if she has some sort of skin problem that is being flared up by the heat and humidity. What she has going on sounds like something a little worse than just doggie smells. If a trip is very inconvenient or too pricey, give a call to a vet%26#039;s office or your local humane society and see what they think it may be, or if there are any good remedies for over-the-top doggie stink. But it could be a skin problem.

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  1. you people with your "clinical" answers, sheesh! Some people just don't get into that dog smell, ok? When pooch comes in from outdoors, he/she REEKS --even if she/he had a bath on the day before at the pooodle-spa! It doesn't make her ill, skin conditioned, etc. It means that her owner smells her with her sensories because her owner's senses are that of like a dog's, but not akin to one.
    OK, I've made fun enough. I have just gone to another site which suggests some sprays, homemade: 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar and 15 drops of essential oils (I'm going for Tea Tree or Lavendar... some say Cedar, others say Vanilla but I haven't heard of Vanilla oil before, so I think it's synthetic.) I plan on using it on my doggie, he's a shorthair mutt, a short-haired, oily skinned German Shephard/Lab/Mastiff mix. I remember as a kid we had a shorthaired Terrier/Cocker who had the same problem. You love em, but you just can't stand reeking like them, nor your carpets, rugs, walls, furniture, hands, etc...

    My search began because in the past I have shelled out boku bucks for those "perfume" sprays at the Pet__ store and my dog hated it, but I loved how she smelled. I would snuggle deep into my hugs to her & she realized it was well worth it all. I just can't go for $12 for perfumed waters now. It's preposturous!

  2. How did the water/vinegar/essential oil work?????