Let’s face it – some dogs smell bad!
The common cause of a strong, unpleasant doggy odor is usually an overabundance of yeast or bacteria on the skin, which is commonly caused by an underlying condition, such as an allergy.
There are a number of home remedies to treat this problem.
First, try a shampoo containing selenium sulfide. This is a common ingredient in human dandruff shampoo, as dandruff is commonly caused by an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria.
Wet the dog fairly well, and work the lather into his fur, paying particular attention to areas where the skin folds, as these places are where the offending bacteria and yeast tend to grow and multiply.
Look specifically for areas that may appear darkened. Allow the lather to sit for ten minutes, then rinse. Apply this treatment no more than once a week.
Apple cider vinegar can be used to arrest the growth of odor-causing yeast or bacteria.
Apply a fifty/fifty mix of vinegar and water, working completely into your pet’s fur down to the skin, and allow it to stand on the dog for ten minutes before rinsing completely.
Apple cider vinegar can also be given internally, either as an additive to your pet’s water or in a fifty/fifty mix of green tea and vinegar.
You can also try mixing your very own shampoo as a remedy, using a combination of water, castile soap, and essential oils such as lavender and mint.
The essential fatty acids contained in oils such as flaxseed oil can be beneficial in reducing doggy odor when added to your pet’s diet by simply adding a bit to his meals.
Lastly, licorice can be used to control odor and itch as well This plant is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory, often referred to as natural prednisone. Licorice should only be considered for short term use.