How to make your dog smell better with doggy deodorant.
I love my sweet new dog Wilson. Isn’t he simply adorable???
This lovable goofball thinks he’s a lap dog, which is ironic since he is the biggest dog we’ve ever owned.
He’s also the smelliest. Which is a total downer when he’s snuggled up on your lap.
His coat is long and just seems to retain the doggy stink. My girls remark all the time about his smell, so I knew I had to do something about it.
I’ve found using doggy deodorant helps him smell better.
This recipe uses essential oils that are all generally regarded as safe to use around dogs.
HOWEVER, please keep in mind the compounds present in essential oils are powerful.
You want to watch your dog’s reaction. If they give you any indication that the smell is too overpowering for them, you need to do one of two things:
#1 – Use far less the next time you apply it. It only takes a few spritz’s to help your dog smell better.
#2 – Use it to spritz the room instead of your dog. It won’t eliminate the smell as well as this non-toxic pet odor eliminator, but it smells soooo good it will freshen up your living spaces so ‘dog’ isn’t the overpowering smell.
The goal of doggy deodorant isn’t to leave your dog perfumed. The goal is to naturally eliminate the source of the smells so your dog smells better.
- Almost empty mustard jar (any type except yellow)
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red (or white) wine vinegar
- pinch salt and pepper
- Optional: One clove garlic, minced, or squeeze of honey to taste
- Mix together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add garlic OR add honey. Pour olive oil mixture into the almost empty mustard jar. Replace mustard jar lid and seal tightly. Shake to combine ingredients. Refrigerate.
Before each application, you’ll want to shake the bottle vigorously. Since the base of this formulation is water, the oil will not mix in.
How much doggy deodorant you use depends on the size of your dog.
Our dog Nina is significantly smaller than Wilson. I generally only use one or two sprays on her small body.
Remember, dogs have a keen sense of smell and using too much can irritate them.
For Wilson I use perhaps 6 to 8 sprays, making sure I always avoid the head and eye area.
Give this homemade doggy deodorant a try and see if it doesn’t help your dog smell better.
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