All about Animals: When the One You Love Smells like an Old Shoe

It’s winter, but I guess you already knew that. It’s cold and wet outside, but you probably already knew that, too. Your dog, your buddy, your pal is right by your side, out in the rain, getting wet, and in the house he troops. That wet dog odor becomes hard to ignore. You’ve tried the expensive “Odor be Gone” shampoos. You’ve bathed him and bathed him again, but still that “odor” returns. First, let’s be clear that you have ruled out any medical problems that could be causing this odor. Could it be mouth odor? Time for a dental exam. Ear odor? A possible ear infection. A fruity urine odor could indicate diabetes. All clear? Well, back to the doggy odor.

Surprisingly, frequent shampooing is not the answer. Too much bathing causes the oil glands to increase their output, causing overly oily skin. The more you bathe, the sooner your dog will need another bath. But don’t despair! I do have a few quick, easy and inexpensive home remedies that will make your best friend huggable again.

  • Regular brushing removes gunk and excess oil from the skin and hair.
  • When you shampoo, a tar based one is best. Baby shampoo would be my next choice.
  • Sprinkle your friend with baking soda or baby powder, rub in well, then brush. This can work wonders.
  • A spritzing with any mint flavored mouthwash diluted 1 capful to 1 cup of water might just do the trick.
  • Wiping his coat with dryer sheets or baby wipes is quick and easy, and leaves a nice smell to your pal’s coat.
  • Apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon diluted in 1 cup of water is an old remedy, spritz daily.
  • My favorite is a capful of Avon Skin-So-Soft oil to 2 cups water used as a spritz or bath – smells sooo good.

Now, after trying all of my home remedies, and the one you love still smells like an old shoe, it’s time to see the vet. Remember, please spay and neuter your family pets!

Chic Miller

Since 1990 Chic Miller and her husband, Bob, have owned and operated Bella Vista Farms Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal sanctuary on Gas Point Road in Cottonwood. The Millers care for hundreds of abused and neglected animals. Animals that come to this sanctuary remain there for the rest of their lives. Chic is a retired nurse and takes care of all the medical needs for the injured and ill animals. Aside from a few volunteers, Bob and Chic take care of all the daily chores. The Millers care for hundreds of animals, including dogs, horses, ponies, pigs, llamas, goats, cats, chickens and yes, even a one-legged turkey. Chic Miller can be reached at 530-347-0544. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to help support Bella Vista Farms Animal Sanctuary.

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