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How to Get a Urine Stain & Smell Out of My Dog's Fur

By Mary Ylisela | Updated September 26, 2017

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Items you will need

  • Dog shampoo

  • Wash cloth

  • 1/2-gallon pitcher

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • Bath towels

Accidents happen, whether your dog is a puppy, a senior pet or feeling a little under the weather. Whatever the reason, a urine accident that gets in your dog's fur leaves sticky stains and smelly odor. Unless they're cleaned out, the stain and odor can be easily transferred to other surfaces. Basic dog bathing techniques remove the urine smell and stain, making your dog smell fresh and feel more comfortable.

Wet your dog's fur with warm water so the fur is wet down to the skin.

Pour dog shampoo into the palm of your hand and lather your dog's fur, starting at the base of the neck. Work the lather toward your dog's tail, down the front of the chest and the belly. Add more shampoo, as needed, and ensure the fur with urine stains and odors is also shampooed thoroughly. Use a washcloth to carefully wash around the face and head.

Rinse your dog's fur with warm water until the water runs clear as it drips off your dog. time.

Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to a 1/2-gallon pitcher of warm water.

Slowly pour the vinegar rinse over your dog to remove any remaining odor from the fur. Rinse the fur with water once more.

Remove your dog from the water. Dry its fur with absorbent towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Allow your dog's fur to air dry completely.

Photo Credits

  • Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images


Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.