What’s That Smell?! Best Pet Odor Neutralizer

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Finger Spritzing SprayDoes your dog smell a little “ripe” in between baths? It’s not easy to bathe your dog every day, let alone once a week. Sometimes bath schedules get spread out more than we’d like but how can we eliminate some of that odor until we have time to bathe them? There are scented and unscented dog odor eliminators that work great!

I don’t know about you, but I always notice a dog’s scent after we’ve gone for a walk or played outside. He didn’t jump in a lake, and it didn’t rain, but somehow he obtained that infamous “wet dog” smell. It never fails, this always happens shortly after a bath (read our dog bathing tips). Check out our top picks for pet odor removal below.

Locate The Stain

But wait, before you can treat the pee odor, you will need to know exactly where it is! You can use a UV flashlight to clearly identify the location. Ok, now you’re ready to get rid of that nasty smell with these effective odor-clearing products.

Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray For Pets Review

Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray For Pets#1

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This Aromatherapy Freshening Spray will not only remove that odor from your dog’s coat, but it also has aromatherapy benefits. Among the list of ingredients is lavender oil which fights against bacteria, chamomile oil which is good for dogs with eczema and aloe vera which is an anti-inflammatory agent and soothes irritated skin.

This spray has a great scent and is cruelty-free, which are reasons why it’s our pick for the best pet odor eliminator.



  • Made in the USA
  • Paraben-free, dye-free and cruelty-free
  • Cleans coat and leaves it shiny
  • Rehydrates sensitive, dry skin
  • Some pet parents say it helps calm their dog
  • Should not use on cats (spray bed instead)


Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo Review

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Unlike our #1 pick, this Paw Choice Dry Dog Shampoo is a pomegranate, mango-scented foam mousse that you massage into your dog’s coat and let air dry. There is no water required, but it does require a little more work than the typical spray bottle.

However, pet parents are pleased with the performance of this mousse. Paw Choice claims that this mousse is better than a spray or cologne because it eliminates the odor and doesn’t just mask it.



  • Made in the USA
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Cruelty free
  • Removes odor-causing bacteria
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Unsure about use on cats, it says not for internal ingestion on the bottle
  • Not as quick to apply as a spray is


FURminator Deodorizing Waterless Dog Spray Review

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Are you looking for a solution to keep your pup smelling good in between baths? This waterless dog spray will do the trick. It can be used for both cats and dogs and is made in the United States. The biggest complaint is that this spray is not scent-free.

Some customers describe it as they would Febreze, it masks the odor with another scent. And similar to Febreze, it isn’t a long-term solution, only temporary.



  • Made in the USA
  • Paraben-free, chemical-free
  • Loosens dead undercoat
  • Can be used on cats
  • Doesn’t last as long as others
  • Masks the odor


Other Pet Odor Neutralizer Reviews

We reviewed some other pet odor eliminator products that didn’t make one a best dog deodorizing spray but are popular among consumers.

American Kennel Club | Sofee & Co.

American Kennel Club Gold Dog Body Deodorizer Review

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The AKC is a commonly viewed as an expert on anything dog-related. They offer this dog deodorizer that can be sprayed on the dog directly or on any surface that is water-safe including dog beddings, carpet, couches, etc. Why isn’t this product the best pet odor remover?

The AKC doesn’t list much about this product including where it’s made, and we found very little consumer feedback.



  • Non-toxic, biodegradable and cruelty-free
  • Can spray on dogs, carpets and dog beds
  • Little consumer feedback


Sofee & Co. Dog Deodorizing Spray Review

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This deodorizing spray could make our top three in the future. Wondering why it didn’t make it this year? It’s just not as popular as our other choices, which leads us to rank others higher because there is more feedback from consumers.

From what we can tell, this is still a good option to consider.



  • Made in the USA
  • Can be used on bedding, couches and dogs
  • Cruelty-free
  • Can be used on cats
  • Not as much consumer feedback

Video: How To Get Rid Of Wet Dog Smell

Ever wondered why “wet dog smell” is so bad? This video explains why yeast and bacteria cause this raunchy smell.

A Fresh Smelling Home Is A Happy Home

Now that you’ve read our review of the best spray for dog smell, you might want to consider checking out how to get dog pee out of the carpet in case your pup is prone to peeing where they shouldn’t.

Do you have any tricks on how to get rid of your dog’s stench?

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Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She and her husband adopted Sally, a four-year-old hound mix, in early 2017, and she has brought so much joy into their lives. Life as pet parents has been very rewarding.

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I am a dog sitter for a pup a few times a week regularly and I’ve noticed that even long after the dog is gone I still smell its scent. I’ve tried regular air freshers like Fabreeze but still no luck getting it to go away. I’m desperate for anything!