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Help… my dog stinks! 12 tips to keep Fido fragrant

Even the most avid dog lover would have to admit they can sometimes be a bit “on the nose”.  Whether it’s bad breath that could strip paint or a really whiffy coat, here are some tips to help you keep those odours under control..

1.    Check for allergies
Itchy skin can lead to tiny fissures and tears which in turn can harbour odour-causing bacteria.  Pets are most commonly allergic to fleas, grasses and dust mites, so if you notice a lot of scratching going on, ask your vet about allergy testing.  You can also try to reduce allergens at home.  Keep up regular flea treatments, keep him inside when pollen counts are high or grass is being mowed, and wash pet bedding monthly with Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Dust Mite Wash, which kills 99% dust mites and removes their allergens from fabrics.

2.    Scrub a dub dub
To beat a bad “PO” (pet odour) problem your dog might need more frequent bathing – a bath can help wash away odour-causing bacteria.  (ps. Water-hating dog?  Here's how to change that!)

3.    .. But not too often
Don’t get too enthusiastic with the water works – bathing your dog once a fortnight is plenty.  Any more frequently and you will dry their skin out, allowing bacteria to flourish.

4.    Only ever use soap-free pet shampoos
Or, try this natural DIY dog shampoo you can make at home.  Note:  never use human shampoos on dogs as they can strip away essential skin oils or even burn their delicate skin.

5.    Don’t let pets sit around wet
The longer they’re wet the more time bugs have to breed and smells to develop.  If they get caught out in the rain, use towels (or a hair dryer on low) to soak up the moisture.

6.    Dentist time!
Bad breath is often a sign of dental issues, and, just like us their teeth need a regular clean.  Most vets also double as pet dentists and can quickly and painlessly clean and polish your pet’s pearly whites.

7.    Chew on this
Try dental chews (available from supermarkets, pet shops and vet clinics) or a pet mouthwash like Aquadent – don’t worry, he won’t have to gargle, it’s added to his drinking water!

8.    Don’t over feed
The more they eat the harder the digestive system has to work, meaning a greater chance of windy “tummy upsets”.

9.    Try dry food
It’s concentrated and tends to be easier to digest than canned foods.

10.    Avoid rich foods
Just like us, some foods create more gas for dogs than others. Foods to scrape into the bin instead of into your pet’s bowl include chilli, curries, and anything with lots of cream or cheese.

11.    Say no to fish & chips
FAT and FISH are the two biggest f-words in a stinky dog’s diet.  Keep these odour offenders to a minimum unless you want to clear a room, quick!

12.    Fresh air = fresh dog
Exercise has a number of wonderful benefits for dogs, including keeping the digestive system healthy and keeping weight under control – pets who are active and a healthy weight tend to have fewer tummy issues.