Getting Rid of that Dog Kennel Smell in Your Home

Getting Rid of that Dog Kennel Smell in Your Home

Face it – sometimes that doggie smell is more pervasive than we might think. Are you having trouble getting rid of that dog kennel smell in your home?  How often have you walked into someone’s home and knew right away that a dog lived there? Most dog owners don’t want their guests to smell ‘eau de kennel’ when they walk in the door, but sometimes, despite our vacuuming routine and air freshener additives, that odor still lingers. There, however are a few ways that you can help to minimize the odiferous effect that your has on the atmosphere within your home, and we’ll help you to sniff them out here.

First and foremost, you need to be quick on the draw when it comes to cleaning up. The biggest canine mess-makers are probably going to be young puppies or older dogs, so have supplies like old ratty towels, bags, and spray cleaner on hand to stay ahead of the game if your Frenchie friend falls into either of these categories. At this point, you’re ready to get down and dirty! Pick up the most solid parts of the mess immediately, and then blot the area well to soak up liquid and help further prevent seepage into the carpet or furniture fabric. The next step is to treat the area with a pet mess-cleaner, but I’m going to take a second to emphasize this, because it’s important – the cleaner must be an enzymatic-type agent. Enzymatic cleaners actually break down the organic, stink –causing components in pee, poop, barf and blood. Shampoo and water just aren’t going to cut it when it comes to getting rid of the smell.

Second, make a point of doing a weekly sniff and sweep around the house. Wash your dog’s dishes in soap and hot water every day or two, and throw away stinky chew treats when your pup is done with them. Toss your dog’s bed cover and fabric toys in the wash to get rid of dog hair, drool, and any funky smells, and sweep, Swiffer or mop the areas where your pup likes to relax. Excess skin oils or muck on your dog’s coat can contribute to the general household aroma as well, so consider a quick dunking for your furry friend every week or two, especially if they tend to be exuberant about rolling in unsavory items outdoors.

Finally, remember that prevention is often the best tool for keeping your home smelling clean! Regular grooming for your dog to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils is always a good place to start, and a home air filter can help to oust any airborne offensive odors. If your best buddy is a sofa sleeper, then consider covering your couch with an easily washable cover. Restrict your puppy or older, incontinent pup to a crate, pen, or area of the house that’s easy to clean when you’re not home to keep a close eye on them, remembering that confinement should be as minimal as possible for your pup’s happiness, too.

If your Frenchie’s particular essence seems to be getting worse, or persists even with regular care, it’s worth a quick call to your veterinarian. Believe it or not, some doggie odors can be a sign that something is wrong with your pup – health problems like dental disease, skin and ear issues, or anal glad impaction can all cause a change in the way your pet smells.

Our Frenchies are wonderful companions with unique quirks that enrich our lives every day – but although we love them wholeheartedly in return, please know that there are ways to say ‘no’ to the special gift of doggie stench, and you can get rid of that dog kennel smell in your home.

 

 

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