REVIEW: When Your Pup Raises a Stink, Dog Smog Can Help Quell the Smell

Spray remedy gets to the root of any pet's unpleasant gaseous emissions

It’s an issue most dog owners deal with at one time or another – those unpleasant gaseous emissions. My dog, Luther, a Dalmatian and lab mix, is one of the foremost flatulence offenders.

Luther’s carrot, lettuce, and cucumber cravings are legendary. But, as a veterinarian friend once told me, “He’s a good boy to be eating all his fruits and vegetables. Just remember, however, that it means he’ll have lots and lots of gas!”

Indeed. I needed something that would counteract the nasty aromas coming from both ends of my gassy pup. So when I found Happy Tails’ Dog Smog Remedy ($14 for a 7.6 oz. bottle), a breath freshener and digestive aid in spray form, it had Luther’s name all over it. In fact, the name itself made the product too good to pass up; who doesn’t enjoy a bit of adolescent, scatological humor now and then?

Made of natural aromatherapy ingredients, including fennel for improved digestion and dill to soothe the stomach, Dog Smog also had a host of plant-based enzymes such as papain and bromelain – plus parsley, ginger, grapefruit seed, peppermint, spearmint, goldenseal, sage, marshmallow, celery and papaya. Happy Tails co-founder Lorna Paxton, a certified aromatherapist, created the cleansing brew.

To tackle his dog breath, I began by squirting the spray into Luther’s mouth six times twice a day. It apparently tastes great, because each time I come near him with the bottle he does that funny doggie lick with his tongue – you know, the one that says, “Mmmm. Something yummy is on the horizon!” I also sprayed it into his indoor and outdoor water bowls.

It took a few weeks of consistent use, but eventually I noticed a definite improvement in the indoor air quality. Dog Smog Remedy can really quell the smell quite well – especially at night, when those gaseous odors can swirl around the bed.

Happy Tails Canine Spa Line sells its products to more than 3,000 high-end boutiques and dog stores in 19 countries worldwide. Dog Smog Remedy is also available through the company’s website.

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