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cavalicious
11th April 2007, 07:27 AM
Ok so I read in a magazine that baking soda eliminates dog smells so just sprinkle some on them and give them a brush. Thats great! :D I thought. So I chucked some on Ollie and brushed it in. I later read on the internet that if you use Baking Soda on pets for fleas you should always wash it off as to not cause skin problems.

What do you think? :confused:

Caraline
11th April 2007, 07:37 AM
Oh my goodness :eek: I thought baking soda was strongly alkaline. Might be good for the carpet, but I don't think I'd be putting it on the dog in concentrated form.

I'm back! Did a Google on it and seems folk are using it on the skin, so I guess it isn't as alkaline as I thought. I'd probably still play it safe though and rinse it off.

cavalicious
11th April 2007, 08:12 AM
Thanks Caraline, I'll see how he is tomorrow! It actually is helping his doggy smells, which can get pretty bad

Nicki
11th April 2007, 09:28 AM
Cavaliers don't normally smell "bad", what are you feeding him?

I'd look for the cause and try to resolve that, rather than putting things on him to eliminate odours...

Ginger's Mom
11th April 2007, 09:42 AM
Every now and then I put some baking soda around Ginger's eyes to get rid of her tear stains, but I wipe them off immediately... I don't think it's a good idea to leave them on their skin...

inca
11th April 2007, 10:57 AM
i thought it was bicarbonate of soda that eliminated bad smells ...?

cavalicious
11th April 2007, 12:02 PM
It is bicarbonate soda.. also known as baking soda right?

He smells bad because his always in the garden I think and gets all the dirt in his fur.

Barbara Nixon
11th April 2007, 12:03 PM
They are the same thing. I would be very wary of putting powder near the eyes as it could cause irritation. My boys don't smell, but I like to spray them, now and then, with 8in1's grooming spray, which smells of honeysuckle. Days, later, if they get a little wet, they smell as though they have been rolling in flowers.

Caraline
11th April 2007, 12:25 PM
He smells bad because his always in the garden I think and gets all the dirt in his fur.

I don't think garden dirt should make him stink unless he is rolling around in something repulsive :eek:

Some dogs do seem to have a strong body odour. We had a Labrador that no matter what I did with him he just had this really strong dog smell. Thankfull my Boxers are odourless & the Cavaliers only have a little odour, but not offensive.

When we first adopted Sonny, he had a strong (but not offensive) doggy smell. At the time he was on a food we have here called Supercoat, but I changed him over to what the rest of the dogs were eating (for convenience sake), and his doggy smell went away. I am not sure if it really was the change in diet, or maybe he just smelled a bit because he was a bit stressed about coming to a new home, but maybe you could try changing his diet just in case this is causing him to smell.

Is it a doggy smell or something else?


Days, later, if they get a little wet, they smell as though they have been rolling in flowers.

Awwwww too sweet! :flwr:

Karlin
11th April 2007, 01:15 PM
I've been told labs often have a strong dog smell anyway because of the coating on their hairs that help keep them getting cold when in water... I guess kind of like lanolin on sheep hair! None of my dogs has a strong dog odour or maybe you just get used to your own. :lol: I do ask friends to be blunt though on whether the house smells strongly of dogs/cats and they say it does not. At any rate I wouldn't change much if it did!

Caraline
11th April 2007, 01:22 PM
I've been told labs often have a strong dog smell anyway because of the coating on their hairs that help keep them getting cold when in water... I guess kind of like lanolin on sheep hair!

Ah, now that makes sense. :cool:


At any rate I wouldn't change much if it did!

Yer! Love me, love my dogs... or get out of my house! :xctly:

Shay
11th April 2007, 02:09 PM
They are the same thing. I would be very wary of putting powder near the eyes as it could cause irritation. My boys don't smell, but I like to spray them, now and then, with 8in1's grooming spray, which smells of honeysuckle. Days, later, if they get a little wet, they smell as though they have been rolling in flowers.

Hi Barbara.....That sounds great. What I spray on Lily doesn't last very long. She doesn't really have an odor, but I like her to smell fresh. Where can I find what you are using?

Joanne M
11th April 2007, 02:41 PM
Hi Em. I love baking soda because it's inexpensive and a good household freshener and cleaner, and it's not poison. However, I would not put it directly on Tucker. I have sprinkled it on his crate bed, and brushed it off. My grandfather used to dissolve a tsp of it in water and drink it for indigestion (we're talking more than 40 yrs ago). It can be used to whiten teeth, by sprinkling some on your tooth brush. I use it to wash my refrigerator, and an open box in the fridge and freezer keeps things smelling fresh. The baking soda absorbs the odors. I'm curious could the smell on Ollie be coming from his eyes, or ears? This seems to be the only place Tucker smells from time to time.

Barbara Nixon
11th April 2007, 02:57 PM
8 in 1 is a US company, so the products should be easily available over there.

www.eightinonepet.com. I use the product at the top , but I notice you can get scents like baby powder and apple , too.

Crazy Dog spray used to add a sheen and a lovely scent, but it became unavailable over here, for a while, and when it came back, with more varieties the perfume wasn't as strong or lasting.

Shay
11th April 2007, 03:00 PM
8 in 1 is a US company, so the products should be easily available over there.

www.eightinonepet.com (http://www.eightinonepet.com). I use the product at the top , but I notice you can get scents like baby powder and apple , too.

Crazy Dog spray used to add a sheen and a lovely scent, but it became unavailable over here, for a while, and when it came back, with more varieties the perfume wasn't as strong or lasting.

:thnx: !!!

Spencer'sMom
11th April 2007, 03:49 PM
Shay- You can get both 8 in 1 and Crazy Dog at PetCo or PetsMart. I have the Crazy Dog spray in baby powder scent and it lasts a while. The scent is a bit strong the first few hours but it gets lighter and actually lasts a few days.

Shay
11th April 2007, 04:13 PM
Shay- You can get both 8 in 1 and Crazy Dog at PetCo or PetsMart. I have the Crazy Dog spray in baby powder scent and it lasts a while. The scent is a bit strong the first few hours but it gets lighter and actually lasts a few days.


Thanks Whitney! I currently have "Fresh n Clean" baby powder scent. I love the smell, but it doesn't last at all.

What shampoo is a good one that you can buy at Petsmart? I don't care for the one I'm using now. It smells good, but is so thick, it is hard to work with. Not sure of the brand, it is in the downstairs bathroom, where I bath her, but it is a tear-less puppy shampoo.

Spencer'sMom
11th April 2007, 05:13 PM
Thanks Whitney! I currently have "Fresh n Clean" baby powder scent. I love the smell, but it doesn't last at all.

What shampoo is a good one that you can buy at Petsmart? I don't care for the one I'm using now. It smells good, but is so thick, it is hard to work with. Not sure of the brand, it is in the downstairs bathroom, where I bath her, but it is a tear-less puppy shampoo.


I use some stuff called Wags. They also have it at both PetsMart and PetCo. It's in a green bottle and it smells wonderful. I alternate using that and Pet Silk.

moniechris
11th April 2007, 05:16 PM
cavalicious: perhaps a baking soda solution would be better (diluting it with water and put it in a spray bottle). It might be less irritating, if he has any issue to it at all.

Cody and Wesley get that "outdoor dog" smell after playing outside for long periods of time. Usually if I just brush them out, it does away.;)

Barbara Nixon
11th April 2007, 07:00 PM
Shay- You can get both 8 in 1 and Crazy Dog at PetCo or PetsMart. I have the Crazy Dog spray in baby powder scent and it lasts a while. The scent is a bit strong the first few hours but it gets lighter and actually lasts a few days.

Compared with a few years ago, product dosn't even smell as strong when still in the container.

natalieandmike
11th April 2007, 08:14 PM
Shay, that "coconut" one I was talking about is also by 8 and 1 (at Petsmart, etc). It's the coconut pineapple scent. Problem is, it makes me hungry!;) -Natalie

Shay
11th April 2007, 08:19 PM
Thanks Natalie!

Kodee
11th April 2007, 09:11 PM
I've been told labs often have a strong dog smell anyway because of the coating on their hairs that help keep them getting cold when in water... I guess kind of like lanolin on sheep hair! None of my dogs has a strong dog odour or maybe you just get used to your own. :lol: I do ask friends to be blunt though on whether the house smells strongly of dogs/cats and they say it does not. At any rate I wouldn't change much if it did!OH boy do you have it there! Our lab could have a bath and smell great, then after a good workout either walk or run in the garden the b.o. would clear a room and you'd wonder why you bothered with the bath.

With Kodee I just use daily pet wipes (puppy non irrating type) and she freshens right up, plus they have lanolin so her fur is soft and it seems to lessen her dry flakey skin she can sometimes be prone too. they are cheap in a 50 pack pull sheet jar.

She had her first bath on the weekend - thought she'd freak out, but she just stood in the bath while i dumped giant glasses of water on her. But after her head still was stinky. so the next night at the vets I had her ears checked - nope, clear but the vet did notice a smell too, checked her eyes - nope smell not from there - checked her breath :grnyuk: We finally figured she shoves her face in her food and the area under her chin stunk and tips of ears.

Zippy
11th April 2007, 10:01 PM
Joanne, you are so right, it's a great household cleaner.....takes up the odor of all kinds of things. If you sprinkle some on your carpet and leave it for 1/2 hour it freshens very well. :)

Remali
11th April 2007, 10:13 PM
Well that is true, some breeds don't seem to have an odor no matter what they get into, my Poodle never smells, and Bentley doesn't either. But my friend's dog just reeks all he time, he is some kind of hound/Lab mix.

casshon
12th April 2007, 09:26 AM
I found this:

Sprinkle your dog liberally with baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes (as long as you can keep your dog still is probably long enough) and then brush out the baking soda thoroughly. This is safe for your dog’s skin, but don’t let your dog lick at it; they can not digest large quantities of baking soda.
This will remove excess oil from your dog’s coat, without stripping it the way shampoos and soaps can. It will also reduce dog odour.
http://www.pets4life.com/index.php?p=research/articles/12#odor

I'm going to try this with Molly + Bella as they do have a certain odor. It's weird because none of other cavaliers had this smell.

angie
12th April 2007, 01:45 PM
jadan gets smeely if he pees on his legs too often.....which is a lot actually!!! i keep wet wipes handy if he gets too excited and doesnt sprinkle properly (he and my hubby both miss the spot!!!) maybe the odour is his dry pee on his legs, even though jadan has been done it does still wiff......well it is pee:0 :)