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Simple spray to freshen up a stinky dog

Life is great with a dog.  But a stinky one can make life less enjoyable.  If your dog smells less than fresh, give this simple spray a go. 

While bathing your pooch seems like the solution to their smell, it can actually make the problem worse and cause the sebum production to go into hyper-overdrive. So rather than giving them a bath all the time, try this spray.

It’s especially good if your dog coat or skin feels greasy. There are several reasons why a dog will get stinky.  An over production of the sebum and yeast on their skin (called seborrhea) can create a sort of stinky, musty, cheesey smell.  Allergies (seasonal or food) can also cause their skin to smell. 

Simple stinky dog spray

  • Mix 50:50 water & apple cider vinegar into a clean spray bottle.
  • Shake to mix and spray your dog. 
    It's seriously that simple!  

A few tips: 

  • Make sure you avoid their eyes and any raw or open skin.
  • If your dog has a long coat, you may need to part the hair and spray so the solution gets to the skin.
  • We suggest using it daily until you notice a difference (often only a few days) and then use as required.  
  • It can also help deter fleas and ticks.  

Don’t worry – the vinegar smell disappears as it dries and leaves their coat glossy and shiny. 


If you are tempted to jazz it up with essential oils, we recommend you leave them out.  The simplicity of this spray is what makes it so effective. Oils may also interfere with the skins balance (which is already out of whack) and create more problems.  


Disclaimer:  The information presented here has been written to the best of our knowledge. However, the information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you or for your pet. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted.  All health ailments, conditions or concerns should be treated by a qualified health professional. If in doubt, please take your dog to the vet.