Best Dog Shampoos for Odor
Our dogs can be so friendly, attentive and loveable!
But let’s be real, dogs can smell. The smell can permeate the whole house, and strangers in the street visibly back away from the smell. Frankly, it can be embarrassing.
But you know what? Regular dog shampoo doesn’t always cut it. Sure they can sometimes mask the smell a little, but they don’t always neutralize the scent.
Thankfully however, there are solutions at hand! And better yet, there’s no need to go Googling for home remedies and turning your kitchen or bathroom to a pharmacy.
In this article, we show you 5 of what we believe are the best dog shampoos for odor control that are out on the market today. We’ve done the homework for you, and our honest reviews that follow should help you decide which dog shampoos for odor control best suits your needs.
And if these product reviews still leave you feeling spoilt for choice, then if you scroll a bit further down you will find our buying guide which tackles the topic further still and comes complete with answers to your most frequently asked questions.
It’s worth noting at this point that you can get odor control products for your dog that aren’t strictly shampoos. You can get special sprays and gels. In the interest of brevity however, this article is only going to look at shampoos.
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OK, so here’s a few things you might want to think about before deciding which dog shampoo to buy for odor.
We mentioned this in our introduction, but it’s certainly worth repeating here. You should go for a dog shampoo that neutralizes the dog’s odor, and does not merely mask it. It’s about treating the cause, not just the symptom.
And please be careful not to bath the dog too frequently as this can make the problem worse as our FAQ section later explains.
Value for Money
Sometimes you can get a good dog shampoo for odor at about the same price you’d [ay for a human shampoo, under $4. And that will last you longer than a human shampoo because you won’t be using it quite as frequently. But some choices can provide you with even better value for money.
If possible, get a large bottle of shampoo rather than a standard sized one, as this will save you money in the long run. But that’s not our biggest money saving tip, no. We recommend that you go for shampoo in a concentrated formula. This way you can get substantially more washes from the bottle than from a regular dog shampoo bottle.
If value for money is of particular importance to you, then we recommend our Number Pick, the Green Groom Odor Eliminator Dog Shampoo, because although there’s a one off charge of about $32, it’s such a big bottle, and is so highly concentrated, we don’t even consider it to be a repeat purchase item.
Lack of harsh chemicals
You’ve got to be careful about what substances and chemicals you put on your dog. We recommend that you use shampoos and other grooming products that are as natural as possible.
But to be honest it’s very rare to find dog shampoos that use only natural ingredients. However many dog shampoo manufacturers take great care to ensure that there are no nasty chemicals in their product.
Examples of harsh chemicals you should try to avoid include: soap, alcohol, parabens, phthalates, and to a lesser extent, sodium lauryl sulfates.
It’s important to note at this point however that many dogs can have allergic reactions to natural ingredients. So if possible, we recommend that you try to find out if your dog is allergic to oatmeal before buying a huge bottle of oatmeal shampoo.
We think it’s always a good idea to check out genuine customer reviews before buying pet grooming products such as these. We’re not saying that you need to read every review necessarily, but rather just get a feel for what people are saying about the particular item you’re interested in.
We find that Amazon is a good site for checking out customer reviews, not just because there’s usually a good amount of reviews to look at, but also because the manufacturer’s website will typically only show positive reviews, whereas Amazon will show both positive and critical reviews, and presents a far fairer picture.
Sometimes a dog shampoo that’s great for dealing with odors can also be great for other things too.
For example, you can get ones that are also anti-itch like our Number 1 Pick, the Paws & Pals 5-In-1 Oatmeal Dog Shampoo. Or there are also anti-shedding, or coat whitening, or just for puppies shampoos, like those in the Nature’s Miracle brand we showed you earlier.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my dog smell?
When your dog smells bad it is often because of seasonal or food allergies which can cause inflammation of the skin, which then in turn leads to excessive secretion of oil from glands in the skin, to produce that common musty wet dog smell.
Sometimes dogs smell even if they have very frequent baths. This is because such bathing depletes natural oils from the dog’s skin and coat, which signals to the dog’s glands to secrete even more oils, and these oils are magnets for dirt, grime, and odor-inducing bacteria.
If however your dog smells significantly different from normal, then this could be an indicator of poor health, such as a yeast infection. If in doubt it’s often worth seeking a second opinion from a veterinarian rather than simply washing your dog with a good dog shampoo for odor control and hoping for the best.
How often should you wash your dog?
Regardless of who you believe when it comes to how often you should bathe your dog, you should always bath a dirty dog, or a dog that has become particularly smelly.
As to how often to bathe a healthy and relatively clean dog, the general consensus is that a dog should be bathed at least once every 3 months, although this does vary from breed to breed.
Remember there are consequences to bathing your dog too often, as we made reference to earlier in the answer to the question “Why does my dog smell?”.
Can I use human shampoo on my dog?
We strongly advise against using human shampoo on your furry friends. The difference in the shampoo’s pH (acidity level) can cause your dog irritation and harm both their coat and their skin, even if it’s soap free. Don’t risk it.
Can I treat my dog’s odor without shampoo?
You can apply special gels to neutralize a dog’s odor, but these will have to be washed off at some point, so you will still need to bath and shampoo the dog.
You can also get odor neutralizing sprays which are super easy to apply, and can be applied at any time. Or alternatively you can get dry shampoo (much like human dry shampoo) which again is something that you can apply at any time, but should be brushed through with an appropriate grooming brush for your dog’s particular coat.
Which dog shampoo has the best smell?
This is kind of a tricky one because everyone has different preferences when it comes to smell. But out of the dog shampoos in our Top 5 Picks, we think the ones with the best smells are our Number 4 Pick Arm & Hammer Super Deodorizing Shampoo for Dogs.