Dog Odor Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 30, 2014

It's the rare dog owner that hasn't had to deal with strong dog odor at one point or another, and some dog breeds or particular dogs are simply more prone to being malodorous. On the other hand, there are times when a change in your pet's odor is a sign of more serious health conditions, so always be alert to other signs of ill health in your pet. Dogs are not always clear in indicating pain or discomfort, so pet owners need to be proactive.

If your dog begins to smell bad, obviously bathing is your first option. In many cases, though, this is ineffective or doesn't have a prolonged effect. A different pet shampoo may work. If not, analyzing your dog's diet and perhaps making changes to improve his digestion or remove odor-causing food items sometimes helps.

Natural Pet Remedies: Adding a raw egg or sweet potatoes to your dog's diet has been known to remedy dog odor.

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Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by Lucy (Orlando, Fl) on 04/03/2012

[YEA]  I just got a shitzue.. She is a 6 month puppy with a beautiful coat but cannot stand the dog smell. I searched EC and found out about Coconut Oil. I went and bought Organic 100% coconut oil. I mix two ts to the food and she loves it. I love it even more because she does not smell. Thanks EC

Posted by Rene
Concord, Nc
Wendy thank you so much for responding back about the coconut oil. Hope you have a blessed day.
Posted by Wendy
Columbus, Oh USA
Get the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined). Usually comes in a 14-ounce jar. You can find it in your local Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or health food section of your supermarket.
Posted by Rene
Concord, Nc
I seen people were using coconut oil for their dogs for odor and I was wondering what kind. The kind from the cooking section or one from a specialty shop. Thank you so much.
Posted by Lesley
High Springs, Florida
Coconut oil, the unrefined is more suitable for people, cause it actually has a coconut taste, versus the kind you get in the grocery store. However, the coconut oil you buy in a grocery, is usually not organic unrefined. This is what I give my dogs, the lauric acid repels fleas, helps with hot spots, and makes their skin and coat softer.

The unrefined organic coconut oil is more suited for people versus the coconut oil in the grocery store. But, it also depends on how much you want to spend.

Posted by Vicky
Shreveport La
How much coconut oil should we give for a 2 lbs pomeranian puppy? do I melt it 1st? thanks~
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
654 Posts
Hey Vicky!

I would start out with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. If you start with 1/4 teaspoon am and pm and your dog experiences loose stool, cut it back to 1/8 am and pm, and once your dog tolerates that amount gradually increase.

Most dogs love the taste and will take it right off the spoon. You can melt it and drip it over the food, or just plop it off the spoon on to the food and your dog will most likely lick it right up.

Liver   1  0   

Posted by Sharon (Tampa, Florida) on 03/15/2008

[YEA]  Liver works great to kill doggy odor. Beef, chicken, or calf liver- I just cook it in water till most of the pink is gone, cut it up and feed my 4 pomeranians 1/4 cup every second or third day. They sure do love it.

Raw Egg in Their Food   2  0   

Posted by Lacy (Many, Louisiana) on 03/10/2008

[YEA]  My short hair dog had a terrible oder due to flaky skin. I tried giving her oatmeal baths, oils nothing seemed to work and only made it worse. Then I started giving her a raw egg with her food every other day. Not only did she think it was a treat her skin issues are a thing of the past and she smells great. Also I started using coconut oil on her tender and red belly, worked like a charm and if she licks it no worries because it helps her doggy breath.

Posted by Tunesia
louisville, Ky
I put a teaspoon of coconut oil on my shih tzus food every feeding...his coat is beautiful. he had horrible skin allergies.

Posted by Pamela (Granite Falls, Washington) on 08/02/2007

[YEA]  I have 3 small indoor dogs and their pet odor was hard manage even with regular bathing. My sister shared that dogs won't smell bad if you blend a raw egg with a little water and add it to their dry food. I tried it...and it worked like a charm. No more stinky dogs...and my house smells better, too!!!

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Susan (Las Vegas, NV) on 08/28/2014

I'm boarding a 9-month old female West Highland Terrier in my home for a month or two. Her owner had her on a diet of commercial kibble, which of course was high in corn, by-products and other bad ingredients. A lot of various leftovers would be added to her kibble at dinnertime but I can't say what exactly she was getting beyond the constant diet of that kibble. Her skin was very itchy and driving her (and us) crazy.

I also learned that she'd been on Prednisone for her itchy skin but don't know for how long or what the dose was.

Within a few days after she'd arrived (about 17 days ago) the kibble was gone so I started feeding her organic plain yogurt and fresh ground turkey meat, fresh vegetables and other healthy foods. I don't expect to see immediate results from the change in diet (except that she now eats her meals with gusto! )

She needed a bath when she arrived so I used some dog shampoo on her. Even after a good scrub I could smell this swamp water smell emanating from her skin, especially after she goes out in the sun.

Two days later I gave her another bath with an "odor control" shampoo the owner gave me. Same results.

She is/was developing a hot spot on her back and I put some organic coconut oil on it. She licked it off and her back still itched.

Last night I put her in the tub, first soaping her up with the odor control shampoo. I rinsed her off completely then filled the tub again, adding colloidal oatmeal. She soaked in that mix for 10-15 mins then I rinsed it off. Finally, I rinsed her off with a 50/50 mix of organic ACV/purified water and dried her off.

I also added some ACV to her water. She likes it.

After the bath last night she smelled a little like a salad, but there wasn't that swampy water smell. Her constant itching has been reduced by at least 80% and I have sprayed the hot spot with the ACV/water mix and it seems to help with the itching.

However, today I took her outside for a few minutes and of course, being in Las Vegas the sun is shining. When I went to remove her halter there was that swamp water smell again, and it was very strong! It has been a couple hours since I brought her inside and I just smelled her fur/skin and now the smell is very, very faint, almost imperceptible.

I've never had a dog with skin problems before and really have no clue as to what this is all about. Can someone please clue me in?

Thank you in advance for your advice.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
654 Posts
Hey Susan!

It is entirely possible the swamp smell is the result of your westie detoxing from the kibble now that he is on upgraded groceries.

If this were my dog I would bath daily if needed in Ted's Anti-Fungal/Anti-Staph remedy.

You will need epsom salts, borax, Milk of Magnesia and hydrogen peroxide. You can get all these over the counter at the drug store. The hydrogen peroxide is very probably a 3% solution, so you will need to dilute it. So take 1 bottle of the hydrogen peroxide and add 2 bottles of plain water to it; you now have 48 ounces of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Now add 6 table spoons each of the Milk of Magnesia, epsom salts and borax. I mix it up in an empty white vinegar jug and then I fill the bath tub with warm water, and then sit the jug in the tub while I bathe my dog - this let's the solution get nice and warm. Bathe your dog and use your hands to squeeze out any water in his coat. I rinse any suds out of the tub and then put in the plug. I then pour the solution over the dog and use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub and pour it over the dog again and again. Do this for 10 minutes, and then put the dog in an empty crate - do not towel dry, and no bedding. Let him sit and air dry for the next half an hour. The wet solution will continue to work until it is dry. This is effective for 24 hours and you can use it daily.

Additionally, I would consider alkalizing her water with baking soda; a crisis dose is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have this as her only drinking water. After 5 days you can reduce to a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water.

Posted by Susan
Las Vegas, NV
Hey Theresa! Thank you for the remedy recipe. I am glad to know the remedy can be used daily. I will pick up the ingredients as soon as possible and try it out.

Earlier this evening while doing some chores I put her behind a puppy gate in the bedroom. She has some separation anxiety issues (we are working on eliminating them) and she went through her high-pitched squealing for quite awhile (stress).

Later when went into the room and picked her up that swampy smell was back again and it was strong enough to fill the bedroom.

She didn't have the smell before I put her behind the gate.

Her skin is still itchy but not like before when she was scratching herself 20 hours/day so I know that the food is starting to help her system.

When she was at her owner's house she was running and playing with another dog for days and before I started caring for her I'd noticed that smell. In fact it was so pungent I gave her a bath the same night she arrived.

Could that smell be caused by stress/anxiety and/or physical activity (playing with her dog buddy)?

Thank you!

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
654 Posts
Hey Susan!

The things that come to mind with a stinky dog are seborrhea and yeast. Seborrhea usually presents as a waxy, oily coat; yeast is chronic and super itchy. Stress may feed both of these conditions so you are spot on to note it.

At this point you are doing all the right things to treat both conditions. So give it some time - a week? - and report back!

Posted by Jan (Shelby Township, Michigan) on 04/16/2011

my 3 year old standard poodle, itches alot and has a very strong smell, we have had her at many vets and several medications and nothing works, her neck itching seems to be the area that bothers her the most, she gets bathed weekly, but the smell is always there, help

Posted by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx
Hello. I have 2 miniature Poodles and they both are shelter dogs. Since I have had them I feed them 100% homemade food and also add LOTS OF COCONUT OIL. You will be surprised at how well coconut oil works both inside and outside in a dog's body. It will take care of the dog odor and the itching. Also bathe your dog with Baby Hypoallergenic shampoo - 100% Soap free and then after drying apply coconut oil on the dog all over.

For feeding, give 4 Tablespoons full of coconut oil each day with food or just like that in the bowl and your dog will lick it! Dogs love coconut oil! Buy a good quality one plz.! You can get from health food store Virgin Coconut Oil - Organic.

The skin issues and the smell will be gone in a day or two! Good luck!

Also if you can feed homecooked meals, it wud be great as the dog food contains too many chemicals etc so that's why your dog is itching! Your dog is trying to tell you that he is miserable and NOT happy - plz. Help and plz. feed him a GOOD HOME COOKED DIET.

Posted by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx
Also I forgot to add if she is itching at her neck check the following-

1. Take off her collar. Only put it on her when going outside.

2. Wash her collar monthly. Wash in soap, borax and white vinegar.

3. Check her ears. It could be she has ear infection. Clean the insides with solution made of 40% white vinegar, 40% hydrogen peroxide and 10% water. Keep up with this every week for next months and I promise her ear infection would go away.

Posted by Melynda (Lancaster, Ca) on 01/25/2010

Dog Odor

My dog smells. 2 year old akita & maybe shepherd. We bathe her change, her bedding, have checked the backyard for something she is possibly rolling in, but nothing. Someone said she may have a yeast infection, or not eating quality food. Please help, she's stinking up my house.

Posted by Deirdre
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
Hi Melynda,

When I rescued one of our dogs a couple of years ago (he'd been abandoned), he too smelled terrible. Bathing him did little to help. In less than one week at our house, giving him a quality dog food (holistic, lamb and rice formula) as well as walking him 2-3 miles a day, we got rid of the smell. He did have worm issues and an ear infection we later discovered at the vet, but this didn't have much to do with his smell. I believe whoever had him before us most have fed him very bad dog food as well as mistreating him.

Posted by Patti
Warren, Mi
We have 3 female Labradors - when they are all shedding at once, or when they're wet, the doggy smell can be quite strong. Recently began giving each dog a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil daily - the dogs are virtually odorless now. Also began swabbing inside ear of the oldest dog, who has had chronic smelly ear infections for years - seems to have cleared this up as well. And their coats all look amazingly shiny!

Shampoo With Selenium Sulfide   0  0   

Posted by Tamar (Manassas, VA) on 05/09/2009

I spent a fortune trying to get rid of my northern breed's "pukie" smell. The vet dermatologist recommended a specific type of head and shoulders shampoo: that contains selenium sulfide. It worked, even when my dog went wading - as long as I dried him well. There are other shampoos with selenium sulfide. That is the key.

Sweet Potato   3  0   

Posted by Tunesia (Louisville, KY) on 04/28/2009

[YEA]  I tried the sweet potato and It works, plus my dog loves it.

Posted by Sp
Nashville, Tn
[YEA]   Thank you for your suggestion on the sweet potato. We give both our dogs sweet potato almost everyday for 7 months now and it has helped with the smell, it is especially great for their "dog breathe". We prick the sweet potato with a fork and put in the microwave for 5-7 minutes. Everything the microwave comes on, our dogs sit and wait for their sweet potato.

Posted by Marilyn (Queensbury, New York) on 11/19/2007

[YEA]  My newfie has always had goopy ears and a slight doggy odor about her. At her last chiropractic visit, the chiropractor said that for some reason the big fluffy dogs are more prone to doggy odor and to give her 1/2 of a sweet potato every other day. She said just fix the sweet potato the way that I normally would and give it to her. So, I baked it in the microwave (poke some holes all around, nuke on high for 10 minutes, when done, immediately wrap in aluminum foil and let sit for at least 5 minutes), mashed it up with a little butter and gave it to her. Almost immediately I noticed a big difference - no more doggy odor and BONUS her normally goopy ears were clear and dry!!! Now she gets her sweet potato as prescribed - and they don't cost a fortune.

Posted by Katie
Anchorage, AK
08/25/2008 the following story is at the cite above.

Microwaved blood kills patient. In 1991, there was a lawsuit in Oklahoma concerning the hospital use of a microwave oven to warm blood needed in a transfusion. The case involved a hip surgery patient, Norma Levitt, who died from a simple blood transfusion.

It seems the nurse had warmed the blood in a microwave oven. This tragedy makes it very apparent that there's much more to "heating" with microwaves than we've been led to believe. Blood for transfusions is routinely warmed, but not in microwave ovens. In the case of Mrs. Levitt, the microwaving altered the blood and it killed her.

It's very obvious that this form of microwave radiation "heating" does something to the substances it heats. It's also becoming quite apparent that people who process food in a microwave oven are also ingesting these "unknowns".

Because the body is electrochemical in nature, any force that disrupts or changes human electrochemical events will affect the physiology of the body. This is further described in Robert O. Becker's book, The Body Electric, and in Ellen Sugarman's book, Warning, the Electricity Around You May Be Hazardous to Your Health.
expirement to try,get 2 plants and water them over time 1 plant gets microwaved water and the other gets reg.water.the one with micro.water should die.

Posted by Giulietta
Gandia, Spain
Please be aware everyone, that microwaving food or water renders it unrecogniseable to the body and carcinogenic and it causes irreversible brain damage and early aging. It is frightening to see microwaving acceptable on a site like this. If anyone would like scientific data and proof then I can send it.
Posted by Janice
Vonore, Tennessee
This is in response to Giulietta from Gandia, Spain who states that they can provide proof of microwave dangers. I believe there are extremely dangerous consequences? to using a microwave but my family and friends do not believe this to be true. I would love to be able to show them proof so they will stop using a microwave. Is there any way I can contact this person or at least find out how to acquire this proof?
Posted by Martin
Nashville, TN
To Janice from Vonore: Believing there are negative health aspects or dangers from using a microwave is nothing but paranoia that stems from WWII-era media hype that persists through ignorance.

If you take the time to research how a microwave works, you'll find that all it does is utilize magnetism (a natural phenomenon) and electricity (a natural phenomenon) to cause a process called ionization, which produces heat.

Microwaves (not just the ovens but the actual microwaves produced by them) don't have enough energy to alter the chemical components of any object. So the claim from the poster above that they "render food and water unrecognizable to the body" or that it produces carcinogens is false.

Microwaves have been used in homes and restaurants for over 50 years and no viable research by any respectable member of the scientific community has shown them to be harmful.

A lot of paranoia surrounding microwave ovens comes from the fact that items in a microwave are heated by radiation. But it's important not to confuse "radiation" with "radioactive", two totally separate phenomena. In a microwave, "radiation" simply refers to the fact that heat is produced by waves and rays (same as the sun or an EZBake Oven), and has NOTHING in common with the obviously harmful "radioactive".

Posted by Doggieman
Atl, Ga
Really? Microwaves? Why don't we argue about Abortion or Israel or, or the lunar landing hoax. I thought this thread was about dogs. Thanks to everyone for the SMELLY DOG advice it has already helped. Surprisingly the other stuff doesn't.
Posted by Mrs. Swanson
Interlachen, Florida
never give raw egg to dogs or humans. It will destroy the biotin in the body and nake you very sick. Better to use the coconut oil or seet potato or other such ways to deal with bad odor(including dental exam and cleaning) than to use this dangerous method.
Posted by Sandy
Seminole, Florida
Started my bull dog on sweet potatoes. I micro ONE every day... Give half in the A. M. and the rest as treat through out the day....The microwave nonsense..... What a load.... Why is it that some people will find any means possible to remain in the dark ages. If you don't like or don't have a microwave oven, reasting the potatoes for one hour in a conventional oven will achieve the same results.
Posted by Sharon
39 Posts
For everyone looking for an easy way to cook sweet potatoes, consider your crock pot. You can "bake" several spuds at a time on high for an hour or 3, or on low for 6-8 hours, then feed at your convenience. Some crockpots take a little longer to cook. My dogs will eat cold spuds.
Posted by Jeanne
Mn, US
Can you use "canned" sweet potatoes for doggy odor or do they have to be fresh?
Posted by Amy
Green Bay, Wi
Thanks for the crock pot tip! What a great idea.

Can anyone suggest other foods for a balanced diet for my puppy and older chihuahua?

Posted by Diamond
Ma., US
It's best not to give anyone, especially pets, anything from a can, it has preservatives in it.

I give our dog regular natural oatmeal/great mixed with sweet potato; also make sure the oatmeal is not in small packets (instant) as it has sugar. The plain kind you cook is better.

Good Luck

Posted by Diamond
It's best not to give anyone, especially pets, anything from a can, it has preservatives in it.

I give our dog regular natural oatmeal/great mixed with sweet potato; also make sure the oatmeal is not in small packets (instant) as it has sugar. The plain kind you cook is better.

Good Luck


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