If you think life with an incontinent dog means living in a home with the lingering smell of urine; you’re going to love this story. I have step-by-step instructions from experts on the subject with tips to keep your home free of urine odors. Each shared their favorite remedies to safely eliminate this unwanted and unhealthy scent.
My experts come from the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog Facebook page which is made up of pet owners with at least one disabled dog or cat. (Some have many more.) I found out a long time ago, they’re a wealth of great information. They never fail to amaze me with their practical solutions to everyday problems people face when they live with a paralyzed animal.
Note: This post contains some affiliate links which means I receive a small fee at no additional charge to you. Each of the products in this story are recommendations by LFPD Facebook readers.
Before we talk about remedies, I want to share how dog and cat pee can hurt your health
All human and animal waste carries bacteria and ammonia. And both have the potential to make you sick. You see, even if you clean an area after your pet’s had an accident, the lingering odor of urine is actually microscopic particles that can be inhaled into your lungs.
These particles can aggravate the respiratory system and cause health problems for people with asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). They can even irritate healthy lungs if a person is exposed for a long period of time.
Ammonia can cause your throat and nose to burn or make your eyes and skin feel miserable.
So, it’s vitally important that you:
- Clean up quickly and thoroughly.
- Wear rubber gloves while cleaning
- Open a window to ventilate the room
- Be sure the urine hasn’t reached any sub-flooring
- Clean mops, sponges and rags completely
Pet parents’ favorite tips to keep your home free of urine odors
Melody – This pet mom uses 1 cup distilled vinegar, 1 cup Oxiclean® and 1 cup Febreeze®
Sarah – Uses a biological laundry powder to clean urine messes. The enzymes in the detergent eat away at the residue of urine and its odor.
Lori – Likes Peroxide and lemon oil mixed together. Then she uses her Hoover® Floormate all-in-one vacuum/mop.
Stacy – When there’s a tough mess to clean, Stacy calls her local Stanley Steemer carpet cleaner. She said they have a professional formula that cleans up blood, urine and other tough messes. Stacy said, “There’s no smell except the smell of bliss.” The company also makes Pet-Mess Solution Kit for every day cleaning.
Chrissy – Recommends Furry Freshness. She said the premium pet stain works” like magic.” There are separate formulas for cats and dogs.
Charlene – SCOE 10x Super Concentrated Odor Eliminator. She calls it the “single best product.”
Kelly, Sam and Glenn – All of these pet parents swear by Nature’s Miracle For Dogs and Nature’s Miracle For Cats. The product uses bio-enzymes to eat away odors.
Cheyeanne – Loves her Bissell® Carpet Cleaner to remove urine problems. She adds the Bissell 2X Pet Stain & Odor cleaner to the home steamer.
Marian – Recommends Richsoil with diatomaceous earth.
Linda – This pet mom likes Odor Neutralizer to clean cat urine.
Valerie – Swears by Wee Cleaner products. The company makes 4 different products.
Miriam – Uses a homemade mixture of Baking Soda with a cleaning solution or detergent.
Judy J. – Mixes vinegar and F10 Veterinary Disinfectant.
April – Uses Odoban products. The company has Pet Solutions and concentrates.
Angela – This pet mom combines regular rubbing alcohol and dilutes it with water for every day cleaning. It’s an inexpensive solution.
Missy – If you don’t own a steam cleaner, do what this pet mom does. She rents one from Sam’s Club to clean up urine odors and stains.
Leanne – Recommends adding hydrogen peroxide to her steam cleaner.
Linda & Pam – Both of these pet moms use KOE Kennel Odor Eliminator. The product comes in a concentrate and is used kennel owners.
Michelle – BioKleen makes a variety of gentle and safe plant-based laundry products. This pet mom likes the BioKleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator to clean urine messes.
You can read more about all of these products by clicking on the product name. The majority can be ordered online.
The one common thread I noticed in each urine cleaning formula is they all include a bacteria-reducing enzyme ingredient. I think that’s important to keep in mind when you go to purchase a cleaner for your home.
Accidents will happen, but please consider learning how to manually express your incontinent pet
I sometimes sound like a broken record, but the number one way to keep urine accidents to a minimum is to keep your incontinent dog or cat on a strict pee schedule.
That means manually expressing their bladder 3-6 times a day. My dog Sophie was on a 4 times-a-day routine: first thing in the morning, midafternoon, after dinner and before bed. Some dogs need more times and some need less.
There are several ways to express your dog, but with a little patience most pet owners find the one that works best. If you haven’t already, please ask your veterinarian to give you a “hands-on” lesson.
Here’s our video that demonstrates the common methods to express your dog’s bladder
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