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Getting rid of animal smells

A number of simple precautions can control the smells of cat and dogs. First of all, keep the pet well-groomed. Provide a warm sleeping place, and wash any bedding regularly. If it has slept on carpets, sprinkle baking soda, then vacuum thoroughly.

If your pet still has a very strong body odour after brushing and cleaning, see a vet. The pet may have a skin disorder known as seborrhoea. This can be controlled with a medicated shampoo, or in mild cases, a human dandruff shampoo.

If its anal glands are impacted, the pet will bite or lick its backside more than usual, or rub it along the ground. Anal gland trouble and other possible causes of smells, such as ear infection, need immediate treatment by a vet.

If an animal makes a mess inside the house, scoop up the deposit and blot the area with paper towels, then apply lemon juice or ammonia to deal with the stain. Scrub the area with soap and water to remove the odour.

By the way

Cleaning and polishing furniture

Furniture that has accumulated a layer of grime over the years can be cleaned with a solution of one part each of linseed oil, vinegar and turpentine and a quarter part of methylated spirit. Shake the mixture well each time before using it and apply with a soft cloth.



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