Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Stinky Pets – Avoiding Pet Odors

If you are looking for a pet for your home, and want to avoid getting something that will cause household odor, popular pets that are low on odors include chinchillas, rats, hermit crabs, and fish. If you already have a pet at home that is causing unpleasant odors, it’s best to educate yourself on the most effective methods of removing pet odor. The four most common offenders are dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits, and according to the 2007/2008 U.S Pet Owners Survey , more than 171 million American households have one or more of these pets.


Dogs – Cocker spaniels, shar peis, basset hounds, and bloodhounds have a reputation for being among the smelliest of dogs. While different breeds of dogs can be smellier than others, all dogs, especially outdoor dogs, can develop an unpleasant smell from playing, eating, rolling, getting wet, or relieving themselves.

Get Rid of Dog Odor:
• Bathe with dog shampoo (mix in some EM•1® at about 1oz per quart of shampoo) and conditioner and then dry thoroughly
• Clean out ears (this is especially important for dogs like cocker spaniels that are more prone to ear infections)
• Brush teeth with dog toothpaste
• Groom and trim matted fur
• Switch to natural dog food to avoid preservatives or ingredients that can upset dogs’ stomachs
• Try fatty-acid supplements like fish oil to aid in digestion
•Spray your dog with a mixture of EM•1® and water at a rate of 1 ounce EM•1® per quart of water. Spray till moist.
• Clean carpets and furniture with EM•1® to remove pet odors
If odor still persists consult a veterinarian, as this can signal a skin infection or other serious disease.

Cats– Domestic cats are descendants of desert dwelling cats, so their bodies are well adapted to avoid dehydration- meaning that their urine is highly concentrated. While cats themselves do not smell as strongly as dogs (due to different behaviors and grooming habits), cat urine has a pungent unmistakable odor.

Get Rid of Cat Odor:
• Scoop litter boxes frequently
• Clean litter box out completely at least once a month with EM•1® Microbial Inoculant
•Add 1 cup of EM•1® Bokashi to the fresh litter to control odors
• Clean up accidents on rugs immediately to avoid lingering pet odor. Use a strong solution of EM•1® and water (1 part EM•1® to 10 parts water) and soak the area. Repeat if necessary
• Vacuum up cat hair and dander regularly
• Older cats may have trouble cleaning themselves so wiping them down with a damp facecloth with some EM•1® can help them to get their fur clean

Ferrets– Ferrets belong to the same family as skunks, which means that in the wild they can have a seriously strong odor. Ferrets sold in pet stores almost always have these glands at the rear removed so they cannot spray, but the glands behind their ears remain, and can emit a musky smell.

Get Rid of Ferret Odor:
• Spay/neuter
• Avoid foods with fish oil
• Bathe with ferret shampoo and conditioner and EM•1® at about 1oz per quart of shampoo
• Add 1 cup of EM•1® Bokashi to the fresh litter to control odors
• Clean out cage to remove musk and ammonia odor from urine
• Deodorize with EM•1® to remove pet odor from carpet in the room where the ferret cage is located, as carpets and fabrics can easily absorb smells

Rabbits–Rabbits produce a kind of two types of feces. Their “night feces” are called cecotropes, and are known for a potent smell and sticky texture. Cecotropes can easily become stuck in a rabbit’s fur and cause the rabbit to have the same strong odor.

Get Rid of Rabbit Odor:
• Amend diet (cutting out fruits and vegetables for a day or two) if excrement is runny
• Powder fur with cornflower to remove stuck-on feces
• Wash cage with EM•1®, which uses natural beneficial bacteria to break down fecal matter
• Do not bathe rabbits, as they are severely hydrophobic
• Spray cage with a solution of EM•1® and water (1:32) a couple times per week. Spraying the metal on the cages is good as the antioxidants in the EM•1® also help prevent rust.

1 comment:

Robert Sweeney said...

Great article Eric, keep up the good work.

 
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