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Getting Rid of Pet Odors around Your Home

It’s not uncommon for a pet owner’s home to start smelling a bit, well… pet-like! If you’d like to try and get rid of some of that cat or dog odor permeating your furniture, try these suggestions from a Carmel veterinary professional.

Groom Your Pet

Step number one is to battle the odor at its source: your pet! Get a good-quality pet brush and use it on your cat or dog daily. Regular brushing removes loose and dead hair, cutting down on the amount that winds up on your furniture. Plus, brushing spreads essential skin oils throughout the coat, keeping it healthy and reducing the amount shed. Periodic baths will help, too, but don’t overdo it as overly-frequent bathing can actually dry out the skin.

Vacuum Regularly

Select a day out of the week as vacuuming day. Vacuuming regularly will pick up loose hair, dead skin flakes, and other pet-related dirt in your carpets and furniture. This is especially important if you have allergies, as your pet’s shedding may be contributing. You might even consider purchasing a vacuum specially-designed to pick up pet hair and reduce odors.

Shampoo Carpets

The occasional deep-clean carpet shampoo can remove a lot of the odors, keeping your house smelling fresher. Some pet owners prefer buying their own small carpet shampooer, and some like to call in the professionals. Either way, make sure your pet is safely secured in another room while a room is being shampooed.

Use Baking Soda

Try sprinkling a bit of baking soda on your couch cushions and carpets overnight, then vacuuming it up the next morning. This can work wonders to soak up pet odors. It’s also very effective in litter boxes! Of course, you’ll want to take steps to ensure your pet doesn’t come in contact with the baking soda before you vacuum it.

Air Fresheners

Choose non-toxic air fresheners that won’t pose a health risk to pets. Changing them when they’ve been depleted can keep your home smelling fresh all year round!

If you think your pet is particularly smelly, check with your Carmel veterinarian. It’s best to rule out any medical conditions or toxins that could be causing the odor.

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