Pong Whiffy! Tips to deal with a stinky dog…

All dogs have have a bit of stank – but it shouldn’t be offensive or foul!

If you’ve got your very own Mr Stinky – don’t panic there are plenty of ways to address this unsavoury issue.

Sometimes the cause is obvious i.e. they just lurve to roll around in disgusting things – other times it’s a little more complicated due to poor diet, improper grooming or sometimes smelly dog tipsillness.

We’ll address diet in another article – in this one we’ll just concentrate on the grooming side of things…

The Usual Stinky Suspects:


Wet Dog Smell: If you’ve got a water loving furbaby – chances are you’ll be only too familiar with the funky smell that comes from a wet dog!

That smell is actually caused by an oil called Sebum which collects on the hair shafts to protect your dog’s skin against dehydration. When this oil mixes with water it creates a bacteria which creates the smell! 

What to do: There’s no way to prevent the build up of sebum – after all it’s there for a reason! However, a good quality shampoo, followed by thoroughly drying your dog (in natural sunlight if possible) followed by a vinegar spritz and perhaps some all natural doggy fragrance is the best way to deal with this pongy issue.


Vinegar Your Dogs Best Friend

Vinegar – Your other best friend!

An Ear-itating Odour:

Often a doggy stink can come from their ears.

By keeping dirt, wax and hair from building up in and around your dog’s ears, you will help eliminate odour and infection-causing bacteria.

Bathing your dog at least once a month with a gentle shampoo will keep dirt from building up around his ears. However, be careful to keep water from getting into the sensitive ear canals, as this can cause infections.

Choose a natural solution, such as mineral oil, peroxide or diluted vinegar to flush your dog’s ears, and wipe them with a soft cloth or cotton balls. Never go deeper than 1/2 inch into your dog’s ears. If your furry friend tends to have excess hair growth in his ears, a visit to a professional groomer will easily take care of the problem.

Quick Fixes: 

For a fast, cheap de-stinking remedy try sprinkling your dog down with baking soda – let it sit for a few minutes and then brush it off. Baking soda absorbs odors quite well and doesn’t have any harmful ingredients.

Dont forget the bed! Dog beds can be a heinously stinky environment however, you can easily mix up a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water and spray the bed each day. Don’t worry about the stench of vinegar hanging around either – once the mixture dries the vinegar smell will be gone and so will will the doggy pong.


For the more sophisticated snoopy – why not consider a dog deodoriser? These can be an absolute god-send for indoor dogs and there are some fantastic ones floating around which incorporate aromotherapy benefits. De-LISH!

Things to avoid:

Dryer Sheets for Stinky Dogs: Animals lick their fur and the areas on which they rest, so using dryer sheets to repel smells may needlessly expose your dog to health risks. Some owners have reported kidney issues from dogs exposed to dryer sheets – and while we have no idea how much weight this holds.. it’s better to be safe than sorry. Dont you agree?




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