Dogs can really complete a family. They’re cuddly, cute, happy to see you when you get home from work. There’s nothing like a night relaxing in front of the TV, petting good old Sparky. You lift your hand up to smooth back your hair and — EW! What is that? Why does it smell like good old Sparky has been rolling around in something, well, good and old?

You have a smelly dog and need to remove pet odour — and fast. But there’s no reason to send Sparky to the dog shed. You can remove pet odour and stop a smelly dog the natural way — by using essential oils.

First things first when using essential oils for dogs. You want to use an essential oil that is antibacterial. We love eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, pure peppermint oil, or pure tea tree oil. These will eliminate germs and bacteria.

You may also want to choose an oil that is antiviral. Tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus are all great choices. You can use these oils to clean a spot on the rug or floor that may have been contaminated — either by a “gift” your pet left behind or one that absorbed some of the smell.

If it’s more a musk that’s hanging around the house, you can also use essential oils to purify the air. Eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint are all great for this, depending on the scent you’re craving. You can create a natural air freshener, use a diffuser, or make a DIY odour absorbent using baking soda. This can be a good one to keep around a litter box or rabbit/hamster cage.

Pets are more sensitive to essential oils than humans as they are smaller and have lower body weights. Some tips to make sure they stay safe while you clean:

  • Don’t let them ingest essential oils. Even if it’s well-diluted, it could still be harmful.
  • Don’t use your essential oils undiluted. Even if it can be used topically on human skin, it may be too potent for your pet.
  • Don’t diffuse essential oils for too long in closed spaces.

The next time Sparky comes home smelling like the dog he is, you’ll be armed with an arsenal of natural, great-smelling tricks to keep your home fresh.

Thursday Plantation Canada has the essential oils you need to keep your home fresh and free of smelly dogs.

Get yours today by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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