In this article, we will be taking a look at how to make your labrador smell good. There’s nothing worse than having a smelly dog. Not only does the smell transfer to you, your clothes, and your furniture but it can also often linger on you when you go to work. It can also be off-putting for any visitors who come to your house.
These tips and tricks should be able to get your labrador smelling good again in no time. We will be taking a look at the causes of some common smells as well as how best to treat them. We have some commercial treatments lined up as well as some homemade ones you can use from common household items.
How To Make Your Labrador Smell Good
Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can make your labrador retriever smell good without too much additional effort. All dogs should be bathed regularly but how regularly you bath your dog depends on a number of factors. These include:-
- It coat type
- It’s activity level
- It’s daily activities
The bottom line is that you as the owner can use a simple visual or sniff tests to decide if your dog needs a bath. If your dog has been out playing in mud puddles then you will be able to see the signs of needing a bath before you smell it. If your dog comes to greet you and you get a sudden harsh scent from your dog then it needs a bath.
One problem with some dogs is that they hate taking baths and will do everything they can to avoid them. If your dog is like this then our article on getting your dog to enjoy baths may be helpful to you.
Using Doggy Shampoo On Your Labrador
Although using nothing but water for your dog’s baths is a common practice, it will rarely do much against embedded smells. A high-quality doggy shampoo can make all the difference. Not only will it’s scent help your labrador smell better but its active enzymes can also help tackle the cause of the smell.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a doggy shampoo. This is because different brands use different ingredients that are required to be used in slightly different ways.
Using Doggy Deodorant On Your Labrador
One of the best ways to make your dog smell good between baths is to use a doggy deodorant. A high-quality doggy deodorant spray is a quick, easy, and cheap way for you to make your dog smell nice. There are also products on the market with active enzyme ingredients to help remove bad smells and their causes from your dogs.
Again, always follow the manufacturers instructions when using a doggy deodorant on your lab. Although usually very similar, different brands will advise different amounts of their product be used at any one time.
The Best Shampoo For Labradors
If you can smell dog odor even after a bath on your labrador then we advise you pick up a high-quality doggy shampoo. Our recommendation for doggy shampoo is Paws & Pals Natural Dog-Shampoo And Conditioner.
It is a 100% vegan-friendly, natural, and organic premium dog shampoo specifically designed to nourish and clean both your Labradors coat and skin. It has been specifically designed to have a friendly, tear-free formula to make bath time as easy as possible.
Different dog owners have reported being able to pick up different scents from the shampoo with Cherry being the most popular one. Others report hints of coconut, almond, and aloe vera. A number of dog owners have also reported this product outperforming their old doggy shampoo by up to two weeks.
How Often Should You Bathe A Labrador
As we already touched on earlier in the article, there are a number of factors that come into play when deciding how often to bathe your labrador. This article offers more specific guidance but in our opinion, the best way is the visual or sniff tests already explained.
The Best Dog Deodorant Spray For Labradors
Home Remedies For A Smelly Labrador
Thankfully, there are a number of different common household items that you can also use to deal with your smelly labrador if needed. Although these are usually less effective than their commercially designed equivalents above, they also tend to be much cheaper.
Essential Oils For Your Labrador
Essential oils are common in most households and have a number of different uses. In this case, we are going to use them as a substitute for a doggy deodorant. The best essential oils to do this are:-
Although there are plenty of other essential oils you can choose from, we feel that the these four have the strongest and most pleasant smell to both humans and dogs. One thing we would like to mention is to avoid any citrus-based essential oils and dogs tend to dislike the smell.
When using an essential oil on your dog, we advise you use 3-5 drops and dilute it with water before applying it directly to your dog’s coat. For more information, you can read this article on using essential oils with dogs.
Apple Cider Vinegar For A Smelly Labrador
ACV has a number of different uses around the house but in this case, we will be using it as a doggy shampoo substitute. Simply rub it into your dog’s coat during bath time and then rinse it off. Another added benefit of apple cider vinegar with dogs is that it will kill any fleas in your dog’s coat. You can read this article for more on how to use apple cider vinegar on your dog.
My Labrador Smells Sour
If your labrador has sour smelling dog fur then we advise you take your dog to the vets. The most common cause of a labrador smelling sour is after swimming. This is usually due to your dog picking up one of the various fungal infections while in the water and it taking hold on your dog.
A quick trip to the vets to get the required medication and prescription doggy shampoo and your dog should be back to normal in 5-10 days. Please note, off the shelf doggy shampoos will NOT treat this condition. You need a prescription strength doggy shampoo with specific ingredients. To read more about labs smelling sour check out this forum thread.
My Labrador Has Body Odor
If you are looking at how to get rid of a smelly dog odor then any of the above methods should do the trick. That said, there are a few medical conditions that can make your labrador smell bad. If you have tried the above methods then we recommend you see the assistance of your local vet.
The most common problem requiring assistance from your veterinarian is a block scent gland. A trip to your vets will have it drained in no time helping to deal with the scent. You can read this article for more information on specific dog body odor problems.
My Labrador Smells Like Vomit
Most commonly, the smell of vomit will come from your dog’s ears rather than its mouth. The cause also has nothing to do with vomit, it is usually due to a yeast infection in your dog’s ear. Again, there are no off the shelf treatments available so a trip to the vets is usually in order.
With the correct prescribed medication, your Labrador can be back to smelling normal in as little as three days! You can read this article for more information on dogs smelling of vomit.