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Posted by Pure Paws on June 26, 2018
How to Safely Remove Odors
The scent of an object is caused by molecules floating into your nose and attach to hair-like fibers called cilia. When an odor molecule attaches to the cilia, neurons trigger, and you perceive smell. This can be enticing scents like freshly baked bread or a vanilla candle; it can also come from bacteria and urine on your pet.
This little nose is the cutest!
It goes without saying that a good old fashioned bathe is always great solution for solving the smelly dog issue. However, if you’re like most people, you may find that a few more days go by in between batches than intended. A great interim, is to give your dog mini-baths to help keep him or her smelling clean.
One way to do this is with no-rinse products that contain odor eliminating properties often called deodorizers.
Deodorizers are different and more effective that simply bathing with a shampoo or spritzing a perfume. The secret lies in the science.
Deodorizers use (molecules?) which actually encapsulate and eliminate odor molecules. This is why they are great to use not just in between batches but also, as pre-shampoo before your regular shampoo, and conditioner regimen––additionally helping to remove that “doggy odor.”
The Pure Paws No RinseExpress is formulated with deodorizers and a lovely plumeria fragrance. If you are using thePure Paws Bio-Enzymatic Sprayto whiten your dog, we recommend spraying the yellow/orange-ish areas with the No Rinse first, following with a damp cloth, and then applying the Bio-Enzymatic Spray. This is because salts from urine can kill the live enzymes in the Bio-Enzyme spray, thus lessening its effect.
So, if you are looking to whiten dingy areas on your dog’s coat white removing odor, follow these steps.
According to encyclopedia.com, enzymes are biological catalysts, or chemicals that speed up the rate of reaction between substances without themselves being consumed in the reaction. As such, they are vital to such bodily functions as digestion, and they make possible processes that normally could not occur.
So, a catalyst is simply anything that speeds up the process of something else. In our bodies enzymes help with all sorts of things like copying out DNA, energy production and extracting nutrients from food through. Pepsin and trypsin are particularly helpful in digesting dietary proteins.
Commonly stained areas include close to the eyes, also knowing as tear staining, around the mouth and feet from saliva and of course, urine staining.
One possible cause of this staining is from naturally occurring molecules called Porphyrins. Thee molecules contain iron which is a waste products from the breakdown of red blood cells. They are mostly removed from the body in the usual way (in poop). However, in dogs and cats, porphyrin can also be excreted through tears, saliva, and urine.
Another possible reason for staining is the oxidation of proteins left behind from the saliva.
Finally, for urine particularly, uric crystals, stay behind once urine has dried. These crystals lead to both staining and odor.
So what can you do to remove these stains?
Tokeya Standard Poodle
For tear, saliva and urine staining, Biological Enzymes help to speed up the process of breaking down the proteins that cause discoloration and odor. While washing the affected area could remove the staining over time, bio-enzymes help to speed up the process dramatically. They do this by reacting to specific substances, and only those substances – like fitting of a puzzle together.
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At Pure Paws, our Star Line contains our Bio-Enzymatic Pretreatment Spray. This spray has been formulated using a mixture of various enzymes to treat the various stains that are products of tears, saliva, and urine. So if you’re wanting a whiter, healthier looking coat, try our Bio-Enzymatic Pretreatment Spray. You’ll love the results!