photoIf a potty accident does take place, the cleanup can be a nasty job. Scooping up poop and getting the stain out of the carpet can be a bit tricky, but getting rid of the smell is the trick itself. The smell of urine is especially attractive to a pup, and if you don’t get rid of it, they may return for another round.

A pet odor digester is required for the job. The stain may be gone, but even the slightest hint of urine will catch that sensitive pup nose. The use of bacteria killing agents such as bleach based products may harm your carpet, and ammonia is probably not a good idea. Ammonia gives off a scent similar to urine so you may just end up making the situation worse. A pet odor digester contains enzymes that are formulated to break down urine and its bacteria to prevent any smell. When choosing an odor remover, make sure that the label specifically includes that the product contains these enzymes for dogs.

After you get the stain out, and soak up the mess, it is time to deodorize. The product will usually explain the application and it is best to follow recommended directions. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly after wards. A fancy recommendation is to mix a few drops of lavender oil into a cup of baking soda and sprinkle the mixture across the area. This creates a nice smell and covers any remaining odors to prevent your pups from returning to the spot.

These enzyme eaters work for poop too. Although poop is not as inviting as urine is, it still can attract your pup to the spot again. Remember though, that the longer an accident sits, the more difficult it will be to get out. If urine sits too long, it may soak into the matting under carpet and be permanent. Sometimes the only solution to this would be to actually remove the carpet spot and replace it. If you keep an eye on your pup, and catch the act early enough, you shouldn’t have to go this far.

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