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Dog P.U.
updated: Feb 08, 2013, 8:07 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What do folks do for build-up of dog smell and sand in their car from frequent trips to the beach? Is it better to get a car cleaned more often, or go for more costly but less frequent detailing?. Also, are there any non- toxic products that keep smell to a minimum or absorb moisture? At this point I'm ready to buy the dogs a horse trailer my car smells so bad!

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 COMMENT 372461 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 08:26 PM

There are many enzymatic stain and odor removers on the market. Nutri-Vet, Odor Zyme, and Bissell are just a few. These are available at hardware stores, pet stores, and even some drugstores.


 COMMENT 372464 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 08:29 PM

Step number one: remove dog from vehicle...


 COMMENT 372472P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 10:31 PM

Is this a serious question? I used to haul around a 110-lb malamute/wolf mix, a Queensland heeler and other dogs, to beach and back. My car never smelled of dog.

You need to bathe your dogs more often. Also: Be sure to rinse them off, either at the doggy bath kiosk at Hendry's or when you get home. Don't leave the salt water/sand on them.

Maybe you should consider feeding them better dog food, if they really continue to smell. And you probably ought to go to the self-wash carwash at Cota & Anacapa to vacuum your vehicle more often.

Don't blame it on the dogs. This is you not keeping your companions and their ride clean enough.


 COMMENT 372481P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 10:57 PM

Another suggestion. If you park your car in the garage, why not roll down the windows or crack the sunroof ... that might help dissipate the damp-fur smell.


 COMMENT 372491 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:40 AM

I have a station wagon that my mother used to haul her dog around. Even after removing and scrubbing the carpets the dog smell remained, especially on hot days. I found that a couple of dryer sheets tucked under the carpet in the cargo area eliminates the odor. I replace them every 3 or 4 months.


 COMMENT 372494P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:55 AM

I agree with 372472P - Also, consider buying waterproof seat covers- I used Solvit brand for my dog and they worked great! You can take them off and just throw them in the washer and hang dry (they dry quickly).


 COMMENT 372495 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:55 AM

I have the back end of my car covered with towels which are washed every couple of days. The car is self washed and vacuumed each week. Also, I have micro fiber towels to pick up extra hair and dirt. My dog is rinsed each time he goes to the beach and toweled off each time I walk him in high weeds. He's also brushed every other day. I feed him Taste of the Wild, a good, no grain food.


 COMMENT 372505 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 07:37 AM

I want a self washed car too! The hatchback is covered with muddy paw prints from loading dogs.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 07:43 AM

Good for you, taking your dogs to the beach! I'm sure they love you with all their hearts. A couple of good ideas here for dealing with the odor problem.


 COMMENT 372528 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 08:34 AM

I bought the "Pledge 3 pack" at Costco for $7. It comes with two cans of regular Pledge and one can of "Multi-Cleaner"... I vacuum first and then use the multi cleaner with rags. I spray Pledge ON A CLEAN RAG, not directly on the material, as a final clean.
Works great. I take my dog to beaches and parks via vehicle all the time and do this once a month.


 COMMENT 372536 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 08:55 AM

get rid of the dog.


 COMMENT 372539 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 09:14 AM

Dog Delight! I love the smell of my dog leaves in the car. It's his scent! It has nothing to do with odor or not bathing enough. We all have a scent people! Leave town and let your loved one smell your pillow when you're gone. Did you not bathe enough? Wow... Enjoy the smell, don't choose chemicals to get rid of natural odors, (your dog can smell that stuff 100x more than you) don't believe the people who say there car has no odor, they have no sense of smell perhaps. Just air your vehicle out more often, vacuum, etc. Enjoy!


 COMMENT 372542 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 09:19 AM

Go to the thrift store and buy yourself some blankets/sheets/bedspreads, throw 'em down in your car where the dog hangs out,then toss the things out when they're at the end of their useful purpose. Dog smell is a problem and that's why many rentals do not allow dogs (or cats). We used to rent to pet owners, but when given a choice between a smoker/non-smoker or pet owner/non-pet owner, well....it's easy (and I have two dogs and an indoor cat!).


 COMMENT 372545 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 09:24 AM

There once was a company in SB called Dog Covers(?) off of Gutierrez. I am sure there are alternatives. A canvas cover, washable and they work well. Of course one has to groom the dog after the outing and keep things washed and cleaned.


 COMMENT 372556 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 09:59 AM

542, I would suggest washing that bedding before throwing it your car.


 COMMENT 372563 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 10:26 AM

I agree that bathing the dog more often means less doggie oils are left behind in the fibres of the carpeting or upholstery. But if the oils have been soaked into the upholstery and carpeting you will need to find a way to soak them OUT. Use carpet/upholstery cleaners, damp rags and lots of elbow grease... and lots of damp rags (not wet). There is no quick fix, short of replacing every fabric or fibre the dog(s) has been in contact with.

Repeat the degreasing of the upholstery and eventually the smells will go away... but remember, they will return if you bring dirty dogs back into the car. Put down old towels for them to lie on and wash those regularly, which is way easier than doing the upholstery as you'll soon find out. And bathe the dogs more regularly too, especially after a beach romp.

Good luck.


 COMMENT 372569 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 10:48 AM

We used to transport 3 dogs to the beach. No dog smell. Dogs had regular baths. However it is possible that some breeds exude an odour more than others. I think it is a mixture of skin and oils. Ask your vet. We had a neighbour whom I know bathed her dog, a very fat Spaniel, very frequently, but I swear we needed gas masks when the poor thing came by.


 COMMENT 372571P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 10:55 AM

I never could figure out the dog washing station at hendry's. The directions seem complicated and it seems a pretty expensive way to just hose off your dog.


 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 11:19 AM



 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 11:20 AM

One more tip:

ALWAYS crate your dogs during transport. Its a safety issue, that should be addressed, no differently than restraining a child in a moving vehicle!

ART. Inc.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 11:54 AM

Covering the seats sounds like a great solution. Bathing dogs too often isn't good for their skin, check w/your vet for how often.


 COMMENT 372626 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 02:30 PM

I use beach towels tucked into the seats for our dog and change them every few weeks. Take the car to Woody's on Chapala and have him get out the built up dog oils, sand, and deordorize the car. Once professionally done, it will be easily to maintain. Western Exterminator has "earth bags" which are beans that adsorb odor. A few cottonballs under the seat with your favorite oils help too.


 COMMENT 373216 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 11:01 AM

If the pup is getting in you car wet (or damp enough to soak through a towel), buy a cheap shower curtain, put that on the seats first, then layer towels or a cheap (thrift store?) blanket. Wash them whenever they stink. And to get rid of the smell, buy a carpet cleaner vacuum thing & do the seats & floors, if needed. 539 has a point that dog noses are especially sensitive, so soaking the seats they use with febreeze might not be the best for your furry friend.


 COMMENT 373732 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 01:02 PM

8x6 tarp from hardware store covers the seats and is waterproof. Easy to spray off when dirty. Works for my wonder dogs.


 COMMENT 375797 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:19 PM

Smell should be proceeded by the smell of gun powder residue. Solved, brah


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