Winter is here in Vermont and New Hampshire and with it come the many challenges of winter odors, mud, snow, salt, and sand. Pet odors can also have a negative effect on your home by living in your carpets and furniture. Here are the top four culprits for offensive pet odors in your home.
1 Trapped Dirt
Dogs with long hair can get dirt trapped within their coats. This often happens when pets are not groomed on a regular basis. This typically happens with dogs with hair over 3 inches long. Don’t wait, brush your dog fur thoroughly before giving them a bath. Long-haired dogs should be brushed once or twice a week.
Bathing your dog once a month or every other week will cut down on the amount of dirt and dander they bring into the house too.
A simple rule of thumb for a pet owner is don’t let your pets sit or lay on the furniture. Once you allow them onto your furniture, this invites dirt, grime, pet dander, fleas and other odors you will have to combat annually.
Pet allergies can cause your pet to produce an irregular amount of apocrine sweat. This causes them to become more susceptible to both yeast and bacterial skin infections. You can tell if have one of these symptoms by looking for red blotches, pimply spots, and red rashes.
Common breeds that are prone to allergies are retrievers, setters, terriers, beagles, bichon frise, boxer, bulldog, dachshund, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Maltese, Poodle and Peruvian Hairless dogs. These dogs are often found to be allergic to pollen, dust, ragweed, dander, dust mites, grass, and mold. All the same, symptoms that people are allergic to.
What can you do about it? Friends of ours have found that these solutions for their dog.
- Bath your dog with a medicated shampoo for hot spots and rashes. Rinse very well and dry before you put the collar back on.
- A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and cider vinegar has worked to kill the bacteria safely and reduce the skin irritations on their dog.
- Omega 3 fatty acids have also been found to reduce this irritation over time. Sardines are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids.
3 Dog drool and dental disease
Dogs that develop bad breath (halitosis) can be prone to excessive drooling and spreading that lovely odor around your house. These can start with mouth ulcers that develop into halitosis. This drooling with bad breath can leave your furniture stinky and dirty. Once this happens, you will need to have a professional come in and deep clean the odors away.
4 Pet Flatulence
This odor is another area in your home that can cause your furniture and carpets to smell after a while. Frequent flatulence could be an indicator that your pet has a gastrointestinal problem. Common foods that cause this pet odor are beans, dog foods, cereal-based food, corn, wheat, cabbage, and soybeans.
This is best fixed by putting your dog on premium high-quality digestible dog food. Another way to combat this problem is to exercise your dog regularly.
These odors will get trapped in your furniture and carpets along with dander, hair, and dirt. Over time your carpets will start to smell stale and musky. You should clean your carpet once a year to keep these odors at bay.
These are just some of the odors that can cause your carpets to smell over time. We recommend professionally steam cleaning your carpets once per year in an upper valley residential home. Restaurants and office building should be cleaned once every three months because of the high traffic.
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