How to eliminate dog and cat odors

To control a pervasive odor of a dog or cat, establish a permanent sleeping place and wash any bedding regularly. Where a pet has slept on carpets, scatter baking soda or carpet deodorizer, then vacuum. Also, keep your pet well groomed.

Abnormal body odors

If your dog or cat has an extra strong body odor even when it is brushed and clean, consult a veterinarian. It may have a skin disorder known as seborrhea, an ear infection, or, in dogs, an impaction of the anal glands. Seborrhea can often be controlled by a medicated shampoo or, in mild cases, a human dandruff shampoo. Signs of a glandular problem are biting or licking abnormally at the rear end or scooting on it. This and ear infections require professional treatment.

An older animal may develop halitosis from deposits on its teeth. Prevention is the best course: give a dog a rawhide bone to chew on for short periods; occasionally feed a cat crunchy dry food. In addition, brush your pet’s teeth, using baking soda or toothpaste and a soft brush or a gauze square wrapped around your finger. Clean carefully along the gum line.

Cleaning up animal messes

Whenever an animal messes in the house, scoop up the deposit and blot the area with paper towels. Apply vinegar, lemon juice, or ammonia to neutralize the stain. Scrub the area with soap and water to remove the odor. Commercial preparations are available for applying directly to urine spots to neutralize the odor and the stain.