8 Genius Ways to Remove Stinky Dog Odors

Can people tell you’re a dog owner the minute they walk into your home? (No, not because of the wiggle-butts and barking … because of that stinky dog smell!)

What’s scary about smelly dog odors is that we as the homeowners don’t always know how bad the problem really is. We become a bit immune to the odors because we’re around them all the time. (So if we CAN smell how bad it is, we know it’s serious!)

Don’t worry though – we’ve got you covered with these 8 genius ways to remove stinky dog odors. In no time at all, you can breathe easy and always be ready for guests.

8 Easy Tips to Get Rid of “Stinky Dog” Smell in Your Home

1. Stop the Procrastination Game

I’ll get the corners next time. We’re all guilty of playing the vacuum-procrastination game. Rather than fussing with attachments or moving furniture out of the way, we just do the “main areas” and vow to do a better job in the future. This is not helping us win the battle against pet odors. Pet hair is stinky, and it LOVES to hide out in corners, especially near where the pet sleeps. Do a thorough vacuuming to get rid of dog odors, including corners, couch cushions and drapes.

2. Wash That Stinky Dog Bed

If prizes were awarded for “stinkiest dog item in the house,” the clear winner would be that dirty dog bed! Dog beds harbor hair, dander, dirt, saliva, outside muck and other stuff we’d rather not think about. Look at the label on your dog’s bed … you likely just need to throw the outside cover in the wash to get it all fresh and clean.

How often should you wash your dog’s bedding? Once a week is ideal to keep bad pet odors at bay.

PRO TIP: Did you know that allergies can make a dog’s skin smell? Use a detergent that’s free of dyes when you wash their things to prevent irritation.

3. Don’t Be a Speedy Sweeper

Sweeping is a not-so-fun household chore that we all try to race through as quickly as possible. But being a speedy sweeper can work against us in the fight against dog odors. Because hair and pet dander particles are so light, they can easily get scattered into the air with vigorous sweeping, along with toting around the dustpan to different areas without emptying it out.

How to Make a Clean Sweep:

  • Start with a clean broom. If it just needs the dust cleaned off, take it outside and give it a good whack against a tree. If your broom is particularly nasty, soak it in a bucket of warm soapy water for 30 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and place it bristle-side up in the tub or shower until it’s dry.
  • Sweep gently.
  • Start from the perimeter and work your way to the center of the room.
  • Empty the dustpan frequently.
  • Place a paper towel on top of the debris that you empty into the trash to keep it from billowing into the air.

4. Change Your Home’s Air Filter

We get it … life gets busy, and sometimes changing out the air filter is the last thing on your mind! Remembering to do this important task (just set a reminder on your calendar) will make a big difference in ridding your home of dog odors. How often should you change your air filter? Here are some average guidelines:

  • Homes without pets: change every 90 days
  • Homes with 1 dog or cat: change every 60 days
  • Homes with more than one pet: change every 30 days

5. Wash the Dog Collar

It’s easy to be diligent about washing our pets, but we often forget about those stinky collars! (Consider it the equivalent to humans wearing the same pair of socks each day for weeks on end!) Collars have to be cleaned because they soak up stinky skin oils and attract dirt and other grime.

The same gentle dog shampoo you use to wash your dog can also be used to wash the collar. Simply squirt a teaspoon of dog shampoo into a bowl and then fill it up with hot water. Soak the collar for 20 minutes. Be sure to rub it together to remove stuck-on dirt. Then rinse the collar under cold water and hang it up to dry. Voilá! No more stinky dog collar.

6. Add Green to Your Scene

Nature’s got your back when it comes to removing smelly dog odors from the house. Many plants are superb at detoxifying and purifying the air, plus they just add a nice touch to any room. Important: you’ll want to purchase pet-friendly plants in case you have a mischievous little explorer on your hands that likes to chew. Check out these low maintenance, pet-friendly detoxifying plants.

7. Bust Out the Baking Soda

Good old-fashioned baking soda is a great, non-toxic way to deodorize carpets and furniture. Important: Make sure you use a fresh box and not the one that’s been hiding out in the nether reaches of your fridge for the past two years – it will have lost its effectiveness.

  • Sprinkle baking soda liberally on all the surfaces you want to deodorize
  • Spread it around with a cleaning brush to work it in
  • Let the baking soda sit overnight
  • Vacuum it all up (yes, even the corners!)

8. Do Your Dog’s Dishes

We can all agree: old food smells gross … especially when it’s mixed with dog slobber and crusted around the food bowl. This can quickly spread odors through the kitchen and beyond. To stop the spread of odors (and more importantly, bacteria), aim to wash your dog’s food bowl with hot, soapy water after every meal (or at least give it a good rinse.) Water bowls should be washed a couple times a week.

P.S. Don’t forget to wipe down the wall and baseboards in the vicinity where your pet eats. This can be a big odor-inducing area in the home!

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WARNING: Are You Compromising Your Home’s Air Quality?

Did you know that the air quality inside the average home is 10 times more polluted than the outside air? Scary but true fact! That’s why it’s important to look before you leap when buying an air freshener or pet deodorizer. Many commercial air fresheners/deodorizers play a major role in home air pollution.

Why are air fresheners dangerous? Because of how toxic their fragrances are. Those “enticing” smells are nothing more than chemical concoctions featuring ingredients like formaldehyde, phthalates and synthetic musks. Of course, you won’t see these chemicals listed on the label because “fragrances” are protected under trade secret law. To learn more, check out “Everything You Need to Know About Pet Deodorizers.”

Fortunately, there’s a safe, vet-recommended, 100% non-toxic doggy deodorizer that’s safe for EVERYONE in your pack … tail or no tail.

Introducing Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer …

This innovate doggy deodorizer has changed the pet-odor game. Rather than masking odors through harsh fragrances, Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer completely neutralizes odorous molecules at the source through the gentle process of oxidation. No harsh chemicals. No fragrances. No byproducts.

  • Eliminates Odors Every Time – Give us 60 seconds to unleash some serious freshness as our proprietary Oxygene® formula completely neutralizes bad dog odors.
  • Solves the Toughest Odors – Eliminates urine, skunk, litter box, cage and kennel odors on a molecular level, leaving everything smelling fresh and clean.
  • Safe and Non-Toxic – We use only the best non-toxic ingredients that are safe for the entire family – can even be sprayed directly on pets to eliminate odors.

This is the QUICK AND EASY way to get rid of dog odors wherever they’re a problem … without harsh chemicals and fragrances.

Get your paws on Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer today!

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Cat Halitosis: What You Need to Know

Ahh, it’s a relaxing evening at home.

Blanket, check.
TV remote, check.
Cat on your lap, check.
Stinky breath, ch … wait, noooo!

To be fair to our cats, it’s not like their breath should smell like a cool minty breeze. But if the smell is something other than a mild fishy scent, it may be time to do a little digging into cat halitosis.

Fortunately, we’ve put together everything you need to know about cat halitosis right here …  including the easiest way to get rid of cat bad breath each day.

2 Distinct Types of Cat Halitosis … And What They Could Mean

Just like in humans, certain diseases will give the breath a distinct smell. If you smell either of these distinct types of “cat bad breath,” it’s important to make an appointment with your cat’s veterinarian right away. Early treatment of health conditions is vital to ensure those nine lives are healthy and happy.

1. Fruity Smell

Cat breath that has a distinct fruity odor is a sign of diabetes. Although this disease is more common in obese cats, it can affect cats of normal weight too. What are others clues that could lead you to suspect that your cat has diabetes?

  • Cat is drinking more water than usual
  • More frequent urination
  • Ravenous appetite (even though cat may be losing weight)

2. Urine or Ammonia Smell

Kidney disease in cats will make the breath smell like urine or ammonia. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 cats will be affected by kidney disease at some point in their lives, usually at 8 years or older. Other signs to watch for include:

  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Increased thirst
  • More frequent urination and in greater quantity

Other Causes of Cat Halitosis

Liver disease, tumors, bacterial infections and food allergies can all make a cat’s breath smell bad.

Also, be sure to take a peek inside your cat’s mouth. If it’s unusual for your cat to have bad breath, it could be that your cat has a piece of string or food lodged in the teeth or gums. If you have a young cat, sometimes baby teeth can get stuck in the mouth and produce a stinky smell.

As protective cat parents ourselves, we get that googling health questions can sometimes lead to sheer panic. Please know that, oftentimes, cat halitosis can have a more innocent cause, such as a change in diet or eating a potent-scented treat. A good rule of thumb is the more potent a food going in (like tuna fish), the more potent the smell can be going out.

Bad breath could also be your cat’s way of telling you that it’s time to adopt a home dental routine.

#1 Cause of Cat Halitosis: Gum Disease

More often than not, gum disease is to blame for cat halitosis. It starts with a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque naturally forms whenever a cat eats, as food particles and saliva mix and mingle. If the plaque isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar, which inflames and irritates the gums. Plaque begins to harden into tartar within 48 hours.

Eventually, tartar buildup can cause the teeth to separate from the gums. This is called periodontal disease, which is the destruction of a tooth’s supporting bone structure. (This is as painful as it sounds, yet a cat’s instinct is to hide its pain. Sometimes the only message they send to us that there’s a problem is their bad breath.)

Here’s the good news: in its early stages, gum disease is easily reversed.

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The 4 Stages of Periodontal Disease in Cats

Stage 1:

“Gingivitis” stage. The gums surrounding the teeth become red and slightly swollen. (Gums should normally be a light-pink color.) No bone loss yet. Proper oral care can reverse gingivitis.

Stage 2:

“Early periodontitis” stage. You may or may not see visible signs of redness and swelling. 0–25% bone loss at this stage. A professional dental cleaning to remove tartar can help save the teeth, along with a regular home-care routine.

Stage 3:

“Moderate periodontitis” stage. Cats will experience 25–30 percent tooth attachment loss. Treatment is often the same as stage 2.

Stage 4:

“Advanced Periodontal Disease.” This is marked by a 50 percent or greater attachment loss. Tooth extractions are usually needed at this point.

Once bacteria from infected gums circulate throughout a cat’s body, it can affect the health of a number of vital organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys. Ultimately, periodontal disease can take years off a cat’s life.

The best way to prevent gum disease in cats is by having a home dental routine and scheduling regular checkups at the vet.

Water Additive for Cats … for Clean Teeth & Gums Minus the “Catitude”

Teeth brushing is a surefire way to keep cats’ teeth and gums healthy. BUT … if you think the fur will be flying if you attempt to introduce a toothbrush into your cat’s daily routine, there is another solution.

A water additive provides the same benefits of tooth brushing without the struggles or time commitment.

Oxyfresh Pet Dental Water Additive is a favorite among cat owners because it’s proven to reduce plaque and tartar, eliminate harmful bacteria, and get rid of stinky cat breath. Plus it’s tasteless and odorless to outsmart even the most finicky feline. All you do is add 1 capful into the cat’s water bowl each day. Seriously, that’s it! Fighting plaque buildup and bad breath has never been easier.

We love pets, so like all Oxyfresh products, our Pet Dental Water Additive is 100% non-toxic and recommended by veterinarians.

For additional ways to freshen your cat’s breath, check out 5 secrets to fighting cat bad breath.

Got more questions about cat halitosis? We have answers for you – just send us a comment below.

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How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth … Without Losing Your Sanity

You already know why you should brush your dog’s teeth.

But the HOW? That’s a completely different story.

If you feel totally lost (or just really nervous) about brushing your dog’s teeth, we can help!

We’ve put together some top-secret tips to teach you how to brush your dog’s teeth … without losing your sanity!

7 Secrets to Make Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Easy

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1. Make a Plan, Stan

Mark it on your calendar: you’ll want to brush your dog’s teeth 2 weeks from today.

Wait, what?! I want to start now!

Don’t worry – you’re going to be busy during this time! Over the next 2 weeks, you’ll be getting your dog used to you handling his mouth. This will pay off big-time when you introduce the toothbrush!

Here’s your assignment: each day, dip your finger into broth, tuna juice or some other treat, then rub your finger on your dog’s teeth and gums. Try to increase your time with each session. At first, it’s fine if your dog just wants to keep his jaws closed. As your sessions progress, try to open your dog’s mouth to reach the back upper molars.

Pointer: If you have a “chomper” and are worried about handling your dog’s mouth, practice teaching your dog to take treats gently before you start this process.

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2. Praise Your Pup

Dogs are natural people-pleasers. Your calm and steady praise as you touch your dog’s mouth will reassure your pup that he’s doing a great job.

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3. Grab a Partner

When you embark down the path of dog tooth brushing, it’s a lot easier to have a partner to help you. One of you can praise and pet the dog while the other handles the brushing duties. Once you get the hang of it, doggy toothbrushing will be a one-person job.

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4. TREAT!

Every time you brush or handle your dog’s mouth, give a treat afterwards. If your dog is food motivated, bust out the biscuits. If your dog is motivated by play, have the tennis ball close by. Treat your dog even if things didn’t go well so that a positive association with tooth brushing is developed.

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5. Don’t Try to Be a Hero

As you begin dog tooth brushing, try to keep your expectations under control. It may not go well at first, and you may only be able to brush for a few seconds.

That’s OK. Keep at it. The ultimate goal is to brush each tooth for about 5 seconds. Just focus on the outside (cheek-facing) surfaces of the teeth. This is where dog periodontal (gum) disease is most common.

How often should you brush your dog’s teeth? Daily is best or at least 3 times a week.

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6. Select a Dog Toothbrush.

The dog toothbrush you choose will really depend on the size of your dog and what works best for you both. For small dogs, you can use a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger or a cotton swab. Finger brushes are also a great choice for dogs of all sizes. You can find them in the baby aisle at most stores. If you want to use a toothbrush, make sure it’s a doggy toothbrush (they’re designed to fit a dog’s mouth better). You can find dog toothbrushes at any pet store.

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7. Buy a Dog Toothpaste.

Fluoride, sweeteners and baking soda in human toothpaste can give your pet an upset stomach or worse. There are many dog toothpastes on the market in different flavors, ranging from bacon to poultry. Many owners prefer an unflavored pet toothpaste so that their dogs sit still and don’t try to chew up the toothbrush.

Now You’re Ready to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

OK, you’re armed with all those great tips … now it’s time to brush your dog’s teeth. YOU CAN DO IT!

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6 Simple Steps for Doggy Tooth Brushing

Step 1: Choose a time of day when your dog is relaxed.

Step 2: Have all your supplies ready to go.

Step 3: Kneel or sit in front of your dog. Never hold your dog down or hover above, as this body language is threatening to a dog.

Step 4: Put toothpaste on the brush or gauze. (Psst … Oxyfresh Pet Dental Gel is our favorite.)

Step 5: Gently lift the lips of your dog’s mouth with one hand. With the other hand, gently brush each tooth at a 45-degree angle using circular strokes. Remember – just focus on the outside tooth surfaces.

Step 6: TREAT!

Congrats on starting the journey of dog tooth brushing. It really is one of the best things we can do for our furry friends’ health and happiness. Want more great info on caring for your pet’s teeth? Check out Must-Know Dog Dental Care FAQ.

We love to see all those awesome doggy smiles! Share a pic of your cutie patootie below. 

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Why You Need A Cat Toothpaste: 3 Surprising Facts

We’ve all been there … brushing our teeth when we catch our cat staring at us in the mirror.

They’re either plotting world domination or wondering, “Why isn’t my human brushing MY teeth?”

If you haven’t given much thought to cat teeth cleaning before now, that’s OK. It’s never too late to teach an old dog (or cat) owner new tricks!

Keep reading because we put together 3 surprising facts about why you need a cat toothpaste.

Oxyfresh - Cat ToothbrushFact # 1: Cat Teeth Cleaning Can Help Prevent Resorptive Lesions

Tooth resorption in cats is a painful dental condition marked by lesions that cause the loss of a tooth’s bone structure. Often, owners have no idea their cats have this condition until they notice some missing teeth from their otherwise adorable smiles.

Resorptive lesions start with the loss of enamel, most often right at the gum line. Then the tooth’s dentin begins to erode. Dentin is the bulk of a tooth’s structure. It’s also the gateway to the pulp of the tooth, where the nerves are stored. That’s why tooth resorption is so painful for our feline friends!

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The Scoop on Tooth Resorption in Cats

  • Affects 20–60% of all cats
  • Leading cause of tooth loss in cats
  • Most often affects cats over 5 years old
  • More common in purebred cats, particularly Siamese and Abyssinians
  • Lesions most often found in the molars and premolars
  • Signs include irritation and aggression
  • Cats may express a change in appetite or foods they’ll eat, difficulty chewing, increased salivation, oral bleeding, or showing pain when their jaws are touched.

 

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Controlling plaque buildup with a cat toothpaste, either applied straight to the gums or on a toothbrush, plays an important role in protecting tooth enamel.

Whether you suspect your cat has tooth resorption or not, be sure to have your vet examine your cat’s teeth at your next appointment.

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Fact #2: Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth Can Help Your Cat Live Longer

One of the best ways we can count on more years with our cats is to take care of their teeth.

This can help our cats avoid periodontal disease (advanced gum disease), which can literally take years off their lives. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats have some evidence of periodontal disease by age 3.

Preventing periodontal disease is all about controlling plaque and tartar buildup. (Check out The Truth About Tartar Buildup on My Cat’s Teeth.)

A tried-and-true way to care for cats’ teeth is by brushing them. We think this cat toothpaste is the cat’s meow because it has the proven, recommended-by-vets, totally non-toxic Oxygene® as the star ingredient to fight plaque and freshen their breath. Plus, if our cats have swollen or sore gums, they’re sure to appreciate the soothing aloe in this formula.

P.S. If you try toothbrushing and it does not go well, you can always use a Pet Dental Water Additive. It will give you the same benefits without all the claw marks. 😉

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Fact #3: Cat Teeth Cleaning = Save $$

Taking care of our cats’ teeth now, can save us money later! According to Pet Life Today, the average cost to have a tooth extraction done on cats is $300–$1500.

Many cat owners report that having a regular, at-home teeth cleaning routine has diminished their need to have their cats’ teeth cleaned professionally, saving them green.

Just imagine all the extra balls of string we could buy!

Got any questions about cat teeth cleaning or the cat dental products you just read about? Comment below and when we’re done with our rousing game of flashlight tag, we’ll get right back to you!

 

Must-Know Dog Dental Care FAQs

Did you know that dogs are five times more likely to get gum disease than us mere humans?

This begs the question: how can we take better care of our dogs’ teeth?

As you embark down the uncharted path of dog dental care, it can quickly get overwhelming with all the technical info out there.

Fortunately, we’ve put everything you need to know in one place with easy answers to your Dog Dental Care FAQs.

So go grab a snack (Spot says grab one for him too) and dive in!

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Q: Do I Really Need to Worry About Dog Teeth Cleaning?

A: The biggest reason for adopting a dog teeth-cleaning routine is it helps keep your dog’s entire body healthy. In the advanced stages of gum disease (periodontal disease), bacteria can systematically spread from a dog’s mouth to the rest of the body, affecting the heart, liver and kidneys. Ultimately, this affects their lifespan.

Dr. Jan Bellows, a board-certified veterinary dentist, “said it all” in this petMD article on oral hygiene: “When a client asks me how long their puppy will live, I usually respond 15-17 years if you brush their teeth daily … 11-13 years if you don’t.”

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Q: How Do Dogs Get Gum Disease?

A: After a dog eats, plaque naturally forms on the teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that’s packed with bacteria. As the immune system works to fight the bacteria, enzymes break down the gum tissue, causing inflammation known as gingivitis. If the cycle continues uninterrupted, the dog’s oral health will get worse and worse as plaque hardens into tartar.

Tartar is what you absolutely don’t want on your dog’s teeth. Tartar is easy to spot … it’s yellowish-brown and most often builds up on the surface of the teeth, near the gum line. As tartar makes its way under the gums, it can lead to root exposure, infections, abscesses and eventual tooth loss.

Plaque is easily removed. Tartar is not. If your dog gets to the tartar stage, only a vet can remove this rock-hard substance.

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Q: How Can I Tell if My Dog Already Has Gum Disease?

A: Gum disease is known as “the silent killer.” That’s because the first sign is usually no sign at all. As dental disease progresses in your dog’s mouth, here are the symptoms to watch out for …

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7 Signs of Gum Disease in Dogs

  • Bad Breath
  • Loose Teeth
  • Red, Swollen Gums
  • Difficulty Eating
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Pawing at the Mouth
  • Blood in Water Bowl or on Chew Toys

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Q: How Do I Brush My Dog’s Teeth? 

A: (Gulp.) For many dog owners, teeth brushing is even more intimidating than leash training. But take heart—with practice, you can be a bona-fide teeth-brushing machine in no time! The biggest secret here is to be consistent. Brushing once in a blue moon will make zero difference. Daily is best, but if that’s not realistic, shoot for at least 3 days a week. Here’s how to do it …

Step 1: Get Your Dog Used to Having His Mouth Handled

Before you introduce the toothbrush, every day for a week, you’ll want to spend some time rubbing the outside of your dog’s lips, teeth and gums with your finger, praising your pup and giving a treat afterwards. This will set you up for success.

Step 2: Get in Position

Have all your supplies ready to go and kneel or sit in front of your dog. (Never hold your dog down, as this will make him feel threatened.) Remember to pour on the praise the whole time!

Step 3: Brush! 

Place one hand over the top of your dog’s muzzle and gently lift the lips. With your other hand, brush a few teeth in a circular motion at a 45-degree angle. Just focus on the outside surfaces of the teeth. The inside part does not collect as much plaque.The more you start tooth brushing, the longer your sessions will be – just be patient. And be sure to end each session with a treat, even if it did not go well!

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Q: What Else Can I Do to Remove Plaque From My Dog’s Teeth … Besides Brushing?

A: No judgments. Dog tooth brushing is not for everyone. A great alternative is to use a daily water additive. Oxyfresh Pet Dental Water Additive is vet-recommended, non-toxic and proven to reduce plaque and bacteria. Plus, it’s tasteless and odorless. Just add a capful to your dog’s water bowl, and you’re good to go.

For more plaque-fighting ideas, check out 4 foolproof ways to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth.

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Q: Is Gum Disease in Dogs Painful?

A: Gum disease in dogs can be painful, especially in the later stages as the teeth start to separate from the gums. Yet our faithful friends have the instinct to hide their pain. Unless your dog cries out when he eats or gets a head scratch from you, you likely won’t know if your dog is suffering.

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Q: Isn’t Gum Disease Just a Problem for “Senior Pups”?

A: Actually, periodontal studies show that a surprising 80 percent of dogs already have
signs of gum disease by age 3. Early intervention is key to make sure plaque doesn’t harden into tartar and cause more serious problems in your pet’s mouth. Talk to your vet about an at-home dental action plan to ensure your dog gets the care he needs. (Dental routine now means less expenses later.)

Did we miss anything on our Dog Dental Care FAQ list? If so, comment below and we’ll send you a quick answer.

10 Spooktacular Cat Halloween Costumes

Hang on to your (witch) hats! Halloween season is in full swing, and that means it’s time to start thinking about a costume … yes, even a costume for your cat!
Don’t let that ghoulish glare scare you …. your cat will feel like a bona-fide cutie all dressed up.

Without further delay, check out these 10 spooktacular cat Halloween costumes. They’re sure to inspire some great ideas … or just make you laugh till you’re coffin. 😉

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1. Darth Vader

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The most powerful cat costume in the galaxy.

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2. Cheesy Pizza

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We love cats and we love pizza. So, you know, this costume is kind of cheesy yet perfect.

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3. Mouse-Cat

$9.99Petco

“Enough with the cat-and-mouse games. Let’s go trick-or-treating … for cans of tuna fish!”

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4. Teddy Bear

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“Paddington ain’t got nothin’ on me.”

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5. Dinosaur

$19.00Meowingtons

The cuteness will never go extinct!

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6. Cat Doctor

$32.00Meowingtons

“Trust me, I’m a doctor.”

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7. Cowboy Kitty

$10.99Amazon

There’s a new sheriff in town and he goes by the name of Mr. Friskers. (What, you got a problem with that?)

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8. Ewok

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Ehshtee ee chee wa maa! (That’s Ewok-speak for “Give me all your candy.”)

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9. Puss In Boots

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“OK, this time Mom’s gone too far.”

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10. Sushi Roll

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Is it weird that our mouths are watering right now?

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Will you be dressing up your cat for Halloween?

If so, we want to see the picture! Post it below with a fun caption.

Purchases That Will Make Your Life as a Cat Owner Easier

It may be hard to remember your life without your precious cat – before your little ball of fluff stole your heart and gave you so many memorable moments. Likewise, it may be difficult to remember a time when you didn’t need to manage all of the not-so-nice things that come part and parcel with being a cat owner.

Yes, we’re talking about all of the messes and smells (and all of the time and energy it takes to deal with them!). Needless to say, the tradeoff is well worth it – but that doesn’t mean that you need to make things harder for yourself! There are many purchases designed to make your life as a cat owner easier.

We’ve selected 3 items below that will make a significant difference to your life, but won’t break the bank. Read on, to discover the 3 purchases that you’ll be wondering how you did without!

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1. Pet deodorizer

One thing you would learn by now is that pets can come with certain unpleasant odors. While cats make some of the least-smelly pets, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t without their moments! This is where a pet deodorizer comes in. If you’re looking for an ideal choice, you can’t go past Oxyfresh’s Pet Deodorizer. The formula is free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, making it non-toxic to both people and pets. That means it is safe for you to use it directly on your cat if you choose to.

This pet deodorizer is made with Oxyfresh’s exclusive Oxygene® formula, which is highly-effective in completely neutralizing odors. This is notable because many other formulas simply mask smells, and don’t actually neutralize them…meaning you could get a nasty surprise when they unexpectedly come back!

And it’s not just us who think the Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer is the best on the market, many satisfied customers have given it a 5-star rating. It’s also been featured on Today, Pet Age, and even The Oscars! If you’d like to try it out for yourself without risk and 100% money back guarantee.

Oxyfresh - Freshen stinky cat litter box

2. Cat litter box

There’s no doubt that you’ve already bought a litter box for your kitty. But did you know that not all litter boxes were created equal? As this guide to the best cat litter boxes highlights, “The litter box you should use varies depending on the size of your cat, their litter habits, your preferences, and aesthetics, which makes finding the right one a challenge.”

Fortunately, there are so many varieties of litter boxes to choose from that you’re bound to find a suitable one with a bit of homework. Keep an eye out for such features as durability, size, whether the box is easy to clean, and how comfortable it is for your cat to use.

Cat litter boxes are getting more sophisticated by the day, so you’ll find many even come with multiple functions. For example, there are some that double as a plant (so as to enhance, not disrupt your room’s aesthetics), and others that provide a cozy hiding place for your feline. Just remember first and foremost keep your cat’s particular needs at the forefront of your mind.

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3. A cat brush

While dogs may get the brunt of the blame for leaving their hair around the house, cats are equally guilty of making unwanted fur carpets! You may have resolved yourself to putting up with little hairballs here and there and everywhere, however, there’s actually something practical you can do to reduce them. We recommend that you buy a well-designed cat brush.

If by now you’re thinking, “Don’t cats clean themselves?” you’re right – cats spend 15% to 50% of their day grooming themselves. Nevertheless, it is still recommended that cat owners brush their cats once a week. As this cat grooming guide points, “Regular brushing helps to prevent mats and tangles, plus it will reduce the amount of fur your cat sheds.”

Similar to the above purchases, cat brushes come in all variety of functions and aesthetics, so it’s important to pick the right one for your kitty. For example, some brushes are optimized for long or short hair, while others offer a dual option. Some are simple brushes, while others come in a kit that offers all kinds of bells and whistles like a pin brush, metal slicker brush, dematter tool, and grooming comb.

 


 

Guest post by Author Cynthia Lopez
Cynthia is the managing editor and a frequent contributor at Pet Life Today. She’s been writing about pet-focused topics and trends since 2014.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

Dog versus skunk.

If you’re reading this, we can pretty much guess how that one turned out! So how can you escape the stinky situation and get rid of skunk smell, fast?

Before you raid your pantry for copious quantities of tomato juice, know that this old-time skunk smell remedy doesn’t actually work.

At best, your dog will smell like skunk mixed with crockpot chili for a few days … and worse, it could give your dog’s coat an unsightly pink hue. (Seriously, his pals at the dog park would never let him live it down!)

Instead, try these 5 ways to get rid of skunk smell.

Oxyfresh - 5 ways to get rid of skunk smell infographic

1. Focus on YOU Time

OK, by “YOU” time, we’re not talking about a good book and a long soak in the tub. (We wish!) We’re talking about keeping the odor off yourself and everything in the house to prevent the skunk smell from lingering for days and even months. Seriously, it can happen!

To avoid a bigger stink, follow these deskunking tips:

  • Although tempting, don’t reach for the hose and start spraying your dog down right away with plain water. This can “set” the skunk smell into your dog and make it harder to remove!
  • Keep your dog outside for the deskunking to avoid getting the smell on your carpets and furniture. (If this isn’t possible, deodorize the air by placing some bowls of white vinegar throughout the house or spray a non-toxic room deodorizer.)
  • Wear latex or rubber gloves when you bathe your dog.
  • Wear clothes you can just throw out later – skunk smell can easily invade the washing machine!

Oxyfresh - Deskunking a dog

2. Make a Homemade Skunk Smell Remover

Making your own skunk smell remover is actually pretty easy because chances are, you already have these items lying around the house. Warning: if that bottle of hydrogen peroxide expired back when you were still wearing shoulder pads, make a quick trip to the store for a new bottle to ensure its effectiveness.

Mix together: 

  • 1 qt. 3% hydrogen peroxide (don’t use a higher concentration, as it could sting your pup)
  • ¼ c. baking soda
  • 1 t. liquid dishwashing soap

Rub the solution into the area where your dog was sprayed using a sponge or rag. Be careful to avoid the eye area. Don’t leave the solution on too long; peroxide can bleach the fur. Repeat the process if needed, then give your pet a bath with your fave doggie shampoo.

Safety Tip: Mix your de-skunking concoction in an OPEN container to avoid making a small explosion. Also, do NOT make ahead of time and store in a closed container for the same reason.

Oxyfresh - Skunk smell remover

3. Use Vinegar to Remove Skunk Smell

Your favorite pantry staple can be used to get rid of skunk smell from your dog. Simply mix 2 parts water with 1 part apple cider vinegar. Wet your dog’s coat and then rub the mix into its fur. Sit for 5 minutes (you can use this time to reflect on how much you love skunks ;)). Rinse thoroughly. As with the prior skunk solution, take care to avoid the eyes.

4. Spray Your Dog with a Pet Deodorizer

If you’re a super-prepared pet owner, you can save a lot of time and mess by just using Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer to remove skunk smell. (Yes, this is the same product savvy dog groomers use for skunk odors.)

Why it works: Skunk spray is made of oils called thiols, which contain sulfur. This powerful Pet Deodorizer is unique because it contains Oxygene®, a non-toxic ingredient specifically designed to quickly and completely break sulfur bonds, hence eliminating the odor.

Skunk 0, You 1.  

Oxyfresh - Get rid of skunk smell

5. Prevent Future Skunk Spray Incidents

Ironically, skunks don’t like strong smells. So if your dog was sprayed in its own backyard, you can take preventive measures by stringing up a scented bar of soap near your garden shed, outbuilding, or wherever you suspect the incident occurred. This will make that cute, yet stinky, little critter find a new (and safer) hangout spot.

For more odor-fighting tips for the home, check out 5 Foolproof Ways to Fight Household Odors.

Got your own skunk smell remedy you swear by? Comment below and tell us about it! 

9 Ways That Owning a Dog can be Mentally and Physically Beneficial

It’s often claimed by passionate pet owners how dogs help with our mental and physical health, but it’s understandable if you are puzzled by such statements. After all, how can a dog help you with your health, whether physical or mental? It’s clear how they may improve our mood, but after all, it’s a dog, not a doctor. Unless the dog is a Saint Bernard and it’s currently saving you from underneath an avalanche, how can it possibly help with improving general well-being of a person?

Turns out there are a lot of ways how owning a dog can be beneficial to you, and scientists have studied the benefits of dog ownership for decades. Let’s go over some of the major benefits and reasons why owning a dog will actually improve your physical and mental health as proven in studies.

1. Dogs improve our mood.

We’ve all heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine”, but we’re used to viewing this as nothing more than just a phrase. After all, how important is it really for your health to be in a good mood?

Well, it’s very important. You can look at it this way – having a dog doesn’t just mean the occasional chuckle. Having a dog means 5, 10 or 15 years of incalculable and daily positive emotions and laughter. 365 days in the year for 15 years, this is a drastic lifestyle change.

2. Dogs help with depression.

Dogs can do more for your mood than just make you laugh. Studies done one the matter show that dogs are exceptionally helpful with anxiety, depression and a lot of other mental problems. Dogs are also very beneficial for patients with learning disabilities and other related disorders.

3. Dogs relieve stress.

You don’t need to have a clinical depression to benefit from a dog. Dogs are great even just at relieving our everyday stress, and this has been shown both in adults and children. Especially in today’s overly busy and hectic Western lifestyle where stress is pretty much a constant part of our workdays, a dog can be of immense help. Sure, they also add a little more responsibilities to our days, but the joy, fun and mental comfort of having a faithful and loving friend at home far outweigh having to walk your dog even when you’re short on time.

4. Dogs increase our levels of oxytocin.

It’s likely you’ve already heard plenty of claims how dogs do this or do that for our health. A lot of those may be myths and nothing more than that. However, the bond between humans and canines, and its effect on our hormones has been thoroughly researched and proven in more ways than one. The well-known “love hormone” oxytocin is responsible for the feelings of trust and reduction of fear, among other things. And dogs have a major impact on the release of it. Oxytocin helps both you and your dog to relax and have a much calmer and more positive everyday experience.

5. Dogs help people battle addiction.

Dogs aren’t used just to help with depression and anxiety, but they are also frequently used to help addicts get rid of their addictions. Getting a dog, more so than any other pet or other lifestyle change, is one of the best ways anyone can help themselves combat addiction, be it addiction to narcotics and alcohol, to something like gambling, or just a nasty, harmful and unpleasant habit. The right dog can provide you with the perfect amount of distraction, positive emotions and support to get you through a situation like this. While there are specially trained therapy dogs for this job, any untrained canine will still provide you with most of these benefits.

6. Dogs help us exercise.

Dogs don’t help us just with our psyche, however. Simply owning a dog has a drastic effect on our physical fitness as well. Dog owners are statistically shown to be more active in their day-to-day life than people without dogs. And it should go without saying that being more physically active has a huge positive effect on your overall physical health. And the exact difference is not difficult to calculate either – dog owners walk an average of 2,760 more steps per day than people that don’t have a dog.

7. Dogs reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Heart disease is one of the major health concerns in the modern world and dogs offer a great help in that regard as well. Dogs are proven to help their owners avoid significantly more heart problems than people that don’t own a dog. This is not just because of the extra exercise that having a dog comes with, although even just that alone is significant. The reduced risk of heart problems is also due to the overall improvement of our mood and psyche, the reduced alcohol and narcotics abuse, and other of the points we covered above.

8. Dogs can detect cancer.

Some dogs have also been shown to be able to detect the development and growth of cancerous tumors in people. Not all cancer, of course, but some breeds are able to sniff out skin, bladder, breast, colon, lung, and ovarian cancer and alert you of the problem, and they’re extremely effective at this, according to studies. Now more than ever dogs are being specially trained to do this, and some breeds can also detect and bite off skin moles.

9. Dogs improve the health of growing children.

Probably even more important is the effect that dogs have on children’s health. While some parents still believe the myth that pets are responsible for the development of allergies in kids, the opposite is actually true. Studies have proven how dogs actually help reduce the risk of kids developing allergies. In fact, the younger the child is when you get a dog, the higher the health benefits. And allergies are not the only thing that dogs can help your child with – the reduced risk of eczema is also an important factor, as is increasing the amount of exercise your child gets from the earliest age.

The Truth About Tartar Buildup on My Cat’s Teeth

Guest Blogger: Happy Customer Mary M.

When I moved out of my parent’s house, I did what every sensible 19-year-old single lady does: I adopted a cat.

Admittedly, there were a few things I wasn’t prepared for in my newfound role as cat mom.

The first was the sheer number of “crazy cat lady” jokes I’d have to endure around my family. ALL. THE. TIME.

The second was all the cat gifts. From fridge magnets to fluffy socks, it wasn’t long before my apartment looked like a wall-to-wall cat gift shop. (This didn’t exactly help my “I’m not a crazy cat lady” defense.)

But the biggest surprise was in caring for my cat, Simon. Sure, I had the litter box drill down pat and I was a beast at playing flashlight tag, but I wasn’t prepared when I first smelled my cat’s super-stinky breath.

I’ll be honest: I’d never given cat dental care a second thought before then (even as Simon would perch on the edge of the tub and glare at me while I brushed my own teeth). It was that bad cat breath that made me take a closer look at my cat’s smile … and when I did, I was shocked to see how much yellowish-brown tartar buildup was on his teeth.

And so just like that, my journey into cat dental cleaning began …

The Truth About Tartar Buildup and Cat Dental Care

Here’s what I discovered right away (through a hefty hit on my wallet): tartar is like the point of no return when it comes to cat dental care. It’s when you can’t clean your cat’s teeth at home any longer and you gotta call in the professionals (the vet) to take care of it.

Why is that? Tartar is a totally rock-hard substance, so it needs special scaling tools to remove it.

The danger with tartar buildup is it causes gingivitis, which is simply a fancy term for gum disease.

If you look, you can actually see gingivitis inside your cat’s mouth. Normal cat gums should be a nice healthy pink with no swelling. If they’re red and inflamed, that’s gingivitis.

Did you know? According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats (70%) have evidence of gum disease by age 3!

Here’s the good news: gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it’s easily remedied. Left untreated, gingivitis advances into periodontal disease, which is NOT reversible. (To learn more about the stages of gum disease, check out this blog post: The 4 Stages of Periodontal Disease in Pets.)

Additional signs of gingivitis in cats: 

  • Bad breath
  • Cat is dropping food from its mouth
  • Cat is only chewing on one side of its mouth
  • Weight loss

Cat Dental Care 101: Stop the Plaque Attack

Not gonna sugarcoat it: cat teeth cleaning isn’t cheap! (The average cost today is $400!).

That makes the saying “prevention is the best measure” a literal gem of advice … and it all starts with removing plaque from your cat’s teeth.

Plaque is a sticky, clear substance that naturally forms after your cat eats. When plaque isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar within a matter of days.

Removing plaque from your cat’s teeth is the KEY to keeping your cat’s teeth and gums in good health, preventing tartar buildup, and avoiding the sting of expensive cleanings.

The Pawsitives of Cat Dental Cleaning

  • Bye-bye, Cat Bad Breath: Bad breath is often the first warning sign of gingivitis in cats. A mild, fishy scent is normal. Anything stronger than that is not.
  • Pain: Inflamed gums hurt! Sadly, it’s a cat’s instinct to hide its pain, so you may not even know if your cat is suffering.
  • Cat Teeth Problems: As gum disease progresses, the teeth can actually pull away from the gums, leading to tooth loss.
  • Shorter Lifespan: Bacteria from periodontal disease can travel from the cat’s mouth to the bloodstream, affecting organs like the heart, liver and kidneys. That’s why periodontal disease is known to decrease a pet’s lifespan by 2–5 years!

2 Options for Cat Dental Cleaning

1. Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

This is the tried-and-true, old-school way to keep plaque off your cat’s teeth. And while cat tooth brushing may seem like it would be Scratch n’ Hiss Fest 2018, when you take it slow, it really can be something your cat gets used to, and even looks forward to! Check out this blog post to get the easy-peasy steps for brushing your cat’s teeth.

Word to the wise: don’t use your own toothpaste. Ingredients in it, like fluoride, can make your cat sick. You’ll want to have a special toothpaste just for your feline friend. This cat toothpaste is awesome because it’s non-toxic and soothing on inflamed gums.

2. Give Your Cat a Plaque-Fighting Water Additive

I have no shame in saying it: I opted for the easy, new-school route in caring for my cat’s teeth. I simply put a water additive into his water bowl each day for the same benefits of brushing in way less time. It’s tasteless, odorless and my cat is none the wiser about what I’m doing for his health.

OK, shameless plug: I love Oxyfresh’s Fresh Breath Pet Oral Care Solution because it’s powered by their PROVEN ingredient Oxygene® that fights plaque and bacteria. (Vets use and recommend it too, so you know it’s good stuff.)

Your Cat Will Thank You …

All those years ago, I made a choice: to just spend a few minutes a day on dental cleaning for my cat. I knew if it meant my cat could have more years, ones that were pain-free, it would be so worth it … and it was!Whether you brush your cat’s teeth or opt for a daily water additive, the point is, in taking care of your cat’s teeth, it can be one of the best gifts you ever give your pet.

Cat lady, out!

P.S. It’d be a little bit crazy not to share this post with your fellow-cat lovers, don’t you think?