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Cleaning Up After Accidents

Accidents happen. If you're a new pet parent, you know they just come with territory of training a young, developing pup. While consistent potty training can help you keep accidents to a minimum, thorough knowledge of pet odor removal will not only keep your home smelling fresh, but it will also help discourage a pet from marking the same spot again...

Avoid chemical-based cleaners

The goal of cleaning up after an accident is not only to clean the area, but neutralize the odor, too. Because dogs have a keen sense of smell, they will often go back to the same spot to eliminate. That's why it's important not to rely on chemical cleaners to clean up after accidents. These products may remove stains, but they may not fully remove the odor that's left behind.

In fact, using a chemical cleaner to clean up an accident can sometimes do more harm than good-especially if you use an ammonia-based cleaner. Ammonia is a component of urine and may actually make an area more attractive for a pet to eliminate - encouraging new pet messes!

Enzyme-based cleaners are best

To eliminate pet odor and stains, the best choice is an enzyme-based cleaner. There are many enzymatic cleaners on the market today, and these enzymes offer an effective, natural solution to pet odor removal. These products treat stains and odors simultaneously on a variety of surfaces from carpets, furniture fabrics, floors, car interiors, pet beds, and hardwoods to clothing and even stone surfaces. Just check the label to find out what surfaces the product treats and be sure to follow instructions for effective use.

If you have pet odor problem, but are not sure where it's coming from, consider investing in a black light. Black lights illuminate urine stains that would otherwise be difficult to see.

Training pads are a helpful tool in potty training

Training pads are a convenient and helpful way to teach your puppy where it's appropriate to go. Many have pheromone scents or attractants to appeal to your pet. They feature plastic backing and sealed edges to protect the floors of your home. Training pads are ideal for puppies, indoor dogs, or sick dogs that can't be walked during the day.

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