How to Get Rid of the Smell of Pet Urine
In every pet parent’s life, a little pee must fall. If your pets are prone to indoor accidents, these tips can help get things tidied up and odor-free.
Soak it up
The first step in any urine-related situation is to use a paper towel to soak up excess liquid. Sop it up and put the wet towel in a place where it is appropriate for your pet to do their business (a litter box, a yard). Hopefully this will send him the message that the carpet is not their designated pee place.
Blast the baking soda
If a spot in your home smells like urine, your pet may conclude that it’s OK to pee there again. Baking soda is a natural deodorant and can be used to remove stains and smells from carpet made of cotton, wool or synthetic fabric. Mix a solution of baking soda, vinegar and water and spray or dab it on the area. Be careful, though — sometimes when a pet smells a strong scent like vinegar, he feels like he has to pee on it again to even things out. Use a room spray or other air fresheners to keep the spot from smelling like a pickle jar.
Ask a vet
Anyone who works with animals on the daily is an expert on how to get rid of pee smells. Ask your vet what she uses when someone leaves a puddle in her office and see if your local pet store stocks her recommendation. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
Suck it up with a vacuum
Once you’ve treated the affected area, either with store-bought or a DIY spray, run a vacuum over it. This will help dry the area and will suck up any excess solution to really keep the smell away.
Once you’ve tidied up, it may be a good idea to try and investigate the reason why your furry friend is so accident-prone lately. Are they sick? Are they just being ornery? Or are they trying to tell you they need more outdoor time? See what our animal behavior expert, Dr. Jill, has to say on the topic and book a vet visit if necessary.
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