The spirit of adventure is one of the things we love most about our pooches - but along with that does come a tendency to bring home all sorts of unwanted smells and fragrances!
First things first, try to work out where those bad smells are coming from. We all know a canine who loves to roll in stagnant water or horse manure - and if you can avoid those situations, all the better!
Ideally, dogs should be washed around every three months. Stinky pups can be cleaned more often, but it's essential to be conscious of sensitive skin, as excessive bathing can strip the natural oils from your dog's coat and cause all sorts of problems!
Try using a dual-purpose Dog Flea Cleansing Shampoo, to make your bath time work extra hard!
Why Do Dogs Get Smelly?
Most of the time, a whiffy pup has been in a spot of misadventure, and there isn't anything more suspicious to think about.
However, if your dog is continuously fragrant, a bath doesn't help, and particularly if you spot any other changes in their behaviour, it might be a sign of an underlying condition.
Here are some of the causes of smelly pooches:
- Problems with their skin - dogs can suffer from allergies and irritation just like us, and a smelly coat might indicate a condition that can be easily treated.
- Anal glands - very often a stinky pup needs a quick visit to the vet to help with clearing out any blocked glands!
- Ear infections - mites and infections in a dog's ear can give off a nasty whiff and are usually easy to treat with drops, cleaning and sometimes antibiotics.
- Dental issues - smelly breath is often solved with good oral hygiene and cleaning routine, and more serious dental health problems can be solved by the vet.
- Digestive issues - windy dogs aren't unusual, but severe problems can indicate a digestive problem, food allergy or sensitivity that a change in diet will calm down.
- Lack of grooming - some dogs aren't the best at looking after themselves and need a helping hand to keep their coat in good condition.
- Damp - we all know that damp dog smell, which should disappear when they dry out! If this sort of odour persists, your pup might be suffering from a yeast infection or bacteria caused by exposure to damp and wet conditions. This can be resolved with a good bath, and being thoroughly dried with a towel and hairdryer (if they'll allow it!).
What Dog Grooming Supplies Remove Smells Without a Bath?
If you're between baths, there are plenty of things you can do to keep up with dog grooming at home. Regular brushing and grooming with a dog grooming brush helps to keep tangles, dirt and dust at bay so is a great place to start.
Check out the Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush for the best dog brush for multi-purpose use. A Dematting Rake is also essential if your pup tends to bring half of the hedgerow home with them!
A dog deodorising spray like the Pet Head Dry Clean Spray is another great option; a grooming spray is a gentle way to clean your pup if it's a little too soon for their next bath time! We love the Ancol dog perfumes, which smell just as amazing as they look!
Advice for Dog Grooming at Home
Keeping your dog fresh and clean is all about getting used to a regular grooming routine. If you have an emergency on your hands, the Stink Bomb Refreshing dog grooming sprays are a lifesaver!
Choose gentle dog grooming products that don't irritate your dog, as some sensitive pooches react badly to chemicals. It's always wise to choose specific dog grooming supplies and never be tempted to use human shampoos or sprays!
If your grubby pup persists with their antics, investing in a home spray will ensure your family can still live in harmony with your paws - try the Clean 'n' Safe Pet Odour Spray for a quick fix to keep your house smelling fresh.