If you've got a stinky pooch, you might instantly reach for the shampoo. However, overbathing your dog can lead to skin troubles. Therefore, a puppy perfume might just be the answer. Whipping one up at home is quicker than you might think.
Before you start covering up any doggie odors with perfume, make sure there isn't an underlying cause for your puppy's bad smell. A dog might be a bit musky-smelling, but a healthy puppy shouldn't smell terrible. Causes of bad odors can include gum disease, ear infections, skin diseases or abscesses. If in doubt, take your pup for a checkup to rule out any illnesses.
You can make a perfume for your puppy out of a mixture of essential oils. Make sure you use cosmetic or therapeutic grade essential oils, as lower quality kinds could irritate the skin. Once you've decided which essential oils you're going with, you need to combine them with a base of mild oil, such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. The essential oils should make up no more than 5 percent of the total volume of the perfume -- with the rest made up of your base oil -- to avoid irritating your pooch's skin. For instance, use 19 ounces of your base oil and 1 ounce of your chosen essential oils.
If you'd prefer to just deodorize your pup, rather than giving him a scent, vinegar can work wonders. Apply either neat or diluted white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to your puppy's coat and allow it to dry completely. Once his coat is dry, the majority of his doggy odors will have disappeared. Don't worry, the vinegar smell doesn't linger.
What to Avoid
When applying either perfume or vinegar to your puppy, make sure you stick to his body and don't get it anywhere near his eyes, nose or mouth. Most essential oils are safe for dogs, but avoid using the hotter or spicier kinds, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, as these could cause discomfort. If in doubt, stick to the gentlest of essential oils, including lavender, geranium, frankincense and rose. If you also have a cat, be aware that they're much more sensitive to essential oils and many kinds are unsafe for them.