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Home cures for smelly feet in dogs

Updated April 17, 2017

If your dog's feet smell, it might make spending time with your pet less enjoyable. If simply washing your dog's feet with soap and water doesn't get rid of its foot odour, however, it's still possible you have the right ingredients for a cure already sitting in your kitchen. Many objects commonly found in the home are natural deodorisers, and, if used correctly, may cure your dog's smelly feet.

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Juices: Radish, Turnip

Juice roughly 1.13kg. of radishes or turnips. Add 1/4 tsp glycerine to the vegetable juice. Mix well. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Wash your dog's feet with soap and water. Spray a layer of the vegetable juice mixture onto your dog's feet. Repeat as often as desired.

Tea: Green Tea, Black Tea

Boil a pint of water. Soak two tea bags in the water for at least 10 minutes. Allow the water to cool until it is a comfortable temperature for your dog. Soak the dog's feet in the water for a half-hour. Repeat the process once a day for a week. Use either black tea or green tea to equal effect; both release tannins into the water, which have gentle astringent and antibacterial properties.

Diluted Baths: Vinegar, Salt

Pour one part water into a container holding either one part vinegar or one part salt. Mix the solution to dissolve the salt or to spread the vinegar throughout the water. Pour it into either a small bath or bowls and have the dog rest its paws in the bath or bowls. Soak the dog's paws in the liquid for a half-hour. Rinse the dog's paws off with water. Repeat only when the dog's foot odour is especially strong, to avoid drying out your dog's skin.

Rubs: Cornflour, Baking Soda, Talcum Powder

Rub the powder on the dog's feet. Watch the powder darken as it soaks up the dog's body oils and the dirt on its feet. Sprinkle with water, if the powder doesn't seem to be absorbing enough oil and dirt. Brush excess powder out of the fur using a grooming brush, and brush excess powder off the footpads using your hands. Repeat only when the smell seems unusually strong again, because frequent use of this method could dry out your dog's skin.

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About the Author

Sasha Rousseau began writing in 2003. She won the best fiction award from "Thoroughfare Literary Magazine," placed in the Sir Martin Gilbert Churchill National Essay Competition and has been published in the "Washington Post." She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in writing seminars and English from Johns Hopkins University.

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