Is argan oil good for dogs?
(Los Angeles, CA, US)
Question by: Jocelyn
I was wondering if there is a way to improve the smell of my dogs coat. They have been on flea and tick collars for a few years, but their coats smell very strong, especially after getting out of the tub, or sweating.
When I use the flea collar, does the odor come from the oils in the collar? Also, I wash and rinse the collar at least once a week, is there any other type of oil that could be used in place of the flea collar to improve the smell? My dog has long, curly hr and is white. Thank you for any help!
Answer by: JH
In your case, the reason your dog's coat is soiled is the flea and tick collar you're using. The oils of the flea and tick collar actually attract and trap dirt and moisture to the skin so the coat will be soiled quicker. I can't see how you're supposed to avoid this situation by washing the collar.
When you rinse the collar after using it, it's simply spreading the odor onto your hands and clothes. To improve the smell, you would need to use an appropriate product in the first place. My preferred solution to dog hr/sweat smell is a combination of baking soda and baking powder. A simple application of water makes the baking soda release the ammonia and the baking powder works to trap and trap the smell. The baking soda/baking powder combination absorbs moisture on the dog's coat (from sweat or steam) and converts it to ammonia. Since the ammonia can't go back into the dog's coat, it's expelled in its normal state, leaving the coat smelling fresh and clean. I wouldn't recommend using a flea collar with baking soda and baking powder in any case, though. The only effect it'll have is to add more ammonia to your hands. If you're really struggling to get a clean coat, you could try a product like Zote-n-Scent or Zote-n-Soot, which are specially designed for cleaning the coat with mild, natural extracts.
You can find out more about canine odor control products in my free dog tips book, which I'm making avlable for download from the link on my website. You can also order the book from Amazon and other retlers. If you like, you can even post about the book to Amazon.com (or any other retler, for that matter).
Hope that helps!
Answer by: Janice
I believe the reason your dog is soiled is that he urinated in the area. With dogs being nocturnal creatures, I would agree with you that it is not a problem. It is when they are nocturnal (sleeping) that they poop on their coats and will do so agn during the night.
An area is clean when you remove dirt, if you have not washed your dog yet, then remove the dirt you can. For example, remove your dog's dirty hr. This can be done in several ways, depending on your preference. You can use a wet comb, wash them with a shampoo and rinse them in a sink or bath. They can also be washed in the microwave, on a towel or washcloth. The idea is to get all the dirt out. You can also use the wet/dry vacuum method.
Once the dog is clean, you will want to shampoo him or her. There are shampoo/conditioners made specifically for dogs. If you want to do it yourself, get a conditioner made for dogs and follow the directions for use. I will only provide the shampoo or conditioner made specifically for the dogs because I have never used the human shampoo/conditioner on a dog. If you choose to use a shampoo/conditioner made for dogs, then you can wash your dog in the sink and rinse them in cold water. The shampoo/conditioner should contn water and some kind of cleansing detergent.
To shampoo a dog, you will need warm water, a shampoo and conditioner. You can choose to use either a hand shampoo or a shampoo and conditioner, both work. To shampoo a dog, get a bucket of warm water. I have a large tub for my dogs, I use a hand pump to keep it filled.
Use the dog shampoo or conditioner, and wet the dog thoroughly. For the shampoo, it is best to put the conditioner on first so you do not need to wash out the conditioner. If you are using the shampoo and conditioner, just use the conditioner.
Get the shampoo and pour some into your bucket. Add a couple of cups of water. If you want to add a little dish soap, you can add a cup of dish soap. Remember that these are dog shampoos, so they have a stronger smell, be sure your dog can handle it.
Put the shampoo or conditioner on your dog, get them wet. I like to use a hand shower, since I do not have a dog bathtub I use my hand shower. The first thing you will want to do is wash their face and ears.
Use your hands to apply the shampoo or conditioner on your dog's head. Make sure you get the whole head and their ears. Wash their head and their ears until you can see the shampoo on their fur. Remember that it is for a shampoo and conditioner, so you should use them both. The shampoo is usually stronger and the conditioner will help soften the shampoo. You do not need to get both shampoos on them.
Once you have a good amount of shampoo on your dog, gently rub it in. You should feel it between their skin and the shampoo. The more you use it, the better it will feel.
Repeat step 4 and step 5 until the entire head is wet. This is especially important for when they are wet. If you are washing their hr after they have been outside, you want to use as much product as you can. You do not need to get on their head, just rub them down. Make sure to get the shampoo or conditioner into their fur and ears. It will make it easier for them to get used to the smell.
Now you are done. You can either just let them sit and wash their fur over the course of the next couple of days or you can add some conditioner. I usually add conditioner while they are still wet.
Once the shampoo is fully dry, wash your dog with a different towel and do not brush their fur. Wt until the next day and wash them agn with a different towel.
When you are doing this, you will start to notice a different feeling in the fur. Some dogs love this and others do not. If it is too harsh, they will not be able to smell it or anything.
If it feels fine, you are done!
That's it! You did it. You shampooed your dog.
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