When you own a pet, the potential scenarios are endless...
- You purchase a favorite new rug and one day you come home to the unthinkable: Your cat has thrown up on it. Repeatedly.
- Your aging pet increasingly finds it difficult to “hold it” until you arrive home from work.
- Your dog is a world-class drooler whose favorite napping spot is your upholstered couch.
Take your pick... Any of these can and do happen when your roommate is a pet. And sadly, when behavior or health problems that result in house soiling get bad enough, they become the #1 reason people surrender their pets.
But it doesn’t need to be that way, especially with some of the newest advancements in soil and odor removers...
It’s Not Your Pet’s Fault... Really
Inappropriate soiling occurs for a number of reasons – and none of them are due to deliberate, spiteful actions of your pet.
Whenever a new soiling or vomiting situation arises, always check with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health conditions. Increased or more frequent urination can be a symptom of serious health problems in both dogs and cats, including kidney disease, diabetes, and urinary tract infections.
To help find out what may be behind your pet’s soiling problems, ask yourself these questions:
- Does your pet need to go outside more often? Perhaps installing a doggie door can help (just make sure unwanted animals can’t enter!)
- Is your pet soiling in only one area? Try blocking access to that room or area. He may have simply grown accustomed to going there.
- Is your pet intact? Male pets become sexually mature by about eight months of age and may be trying to mark territory around the house. Discuss the situation with your holistic veterinarian.
- Is there a conflict between pets in your household?
- Does your pet need to be house or litter box trained, or re-trained? Sometimes older dogs can forget their housetraining and begin having accidents indoors.
- And finally, is it really loss of housetraining or is your older pet developing incontinence? Ask your veterinarian for advice.
What’s important for you to know is this: inappropriate soiling is often just as disappointing and frightening for your pet as it is frustrating for you! Scolding and other forms of punishment never help...
Why Your Dog Sometimes Pees in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Dogs can display inappropriate urination for a number of reasons. In addition to the situations we just talked about, there are two more very common reasons for the behavior...
- Submissive Urination – If your dog pees when he’s being scolded or while rolling over and exposing his belly as a person approaches, this may be submissive urination.
Your dog may be shy, anxious, or timid and may have a history of being treated harshly. If the behavior persists beyond puppyhood, you’ll need to work with your dog to build her confidence, while providing lots of loving support.
- Urine Marking – Dogs are territorial animals and stake their “claim” to an object or area by marking it with small amounts of urine. Often it happens because your dog is feeling stressed over a new situation in your home – a visitor or a new baby, for example – and needs to reaffirm his claim over his territory.
3 Reasons Why Your Cat May Stop Using Her Litter Box
Cats “missing the litter box,” or its official term, feline inappropriate elimination, is a serious issue.
Kitties who soil outside their litter box on a daily basis – and that happens with about one percent of felines – are 28 times more likely to lose their home and family.
Often when your kitty stops using her litter box, she’s trying to give you a message that something’s wrong. Here are the three biggest reasons your cat may stop using his box:
- A medical problem – As I already mentioned, always rule out a medical condition. It could be something as simple as a urinary tract infection, or something serious like diabetes.
- Urine marking – As with dogs, urine marking is most often due to stress – addition of a pet or human in the household, change in routine, or even a stray cat lurking outside your home. Noticing where your cat marks or sprays can provide clues.
- Litter box aversion – Pooping outside of, but close to the litter box is almost always a sign of aversion to the litter box.
- Has her litter box become too difficult to use? A cat with painful joints may have a hard time climbing in or out of a high-sided litter box. Try one with a lower or cutout side.
- Have you recently changed litters? Cats don’t like change or strong smells. Many tend to prefer unscented, clumping-style litter.
- Is her pan clean? Scoop the litter twice a day and clean the box at least every two weeks with a mild-smelling soap (no bleach or strong chemicals!). Keep at least three inches of litter in the box at all times.
- Do you have enough boxes and are they located in safe, easy-to-access locations? Try locating a box next to where she is soiling inappropriately until she starts using the litter box again.
Above all, make sure no one in your household (including yourself) is directing anger or frustration towards your kitty while you’re resolving the soiling issue. Anger won’t help the situation – if anything, it will stress your cat even further and make it more likely she avoids the litter box.
The Problem with Urine...
Urine is a bigger problem than most people realize...
It can cause permanent damage to the dyes and fibers in carpeting and harm hardwood floors. Left untreated, urine can weaken carpeting layers and cause separation or delamination, and rot jute backings.
Here’s another problem with pet urine: gravity. When your pet pees on your carpet or furniture, it doesn’t just stay on the surface. It quickly makes its way down into the cushion or pad and even into the floor itself.
To totally resolve the problem with urine in your carpets or furniture, you must go deep to get it all...
Have you ever wondered why your dog or cat keeps going back to the same spot, even though you’ve cleaned it thoroughly?
Pheromones are to blame – your pet’s unique body scent. Each time your pet soils, his scent is left behind. These pheromones mark his “potty spot” and his keen sense of smell helps him find it each time he needs to relieve himself.
Instead of eliminating the pheromones that penetrate deeply into your carpet, most stain and odor removers simply cover them up with perfumes and fragrances.
While the spot may smell fresh and look perfectly clean to you, chances are your pet can still detect his scent. And that’s why you find him re-soiling in the same spot, again and again!
Choosing the wrong type of cleaner is another big mistake pet parents make. Ammonia is a component of urine, so using an ammonia-based cleaner can mimic the smell of urine to your pet and attract him to re-soil the same spot.
Avoid using steam cleaners to clean urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat can permanently set the odor and the stain by bonding the protein into man-made fibers.
First, Get Your Game Plan Together!
The first step is to find the soiled areas in your home. Once you’ve done that, you can get down to the task of cleaning the spots.
Keep in mind that as long as your pet can smell his personal scent, he'll continue to return to “his spots”. And even if you can't smell traces of urine, your pet can, so you may need to rely on other methods to locate the soiled areas. A black light from your local hardware store can be handy to help discover old urine stains.
Now you’re ready to choose your cleaner...
Basically, there are 3 kinds of stain and odor removal products:
- Enzymatic Cleaner – Uses enzymes to break down stains and is useful for organic stains like urine, feces, vomit, and blood. Enzymes can “eat up” the bad bacteria.
- Bacterial Cleaners – Contain actual non-pathogenic, live bacteria to break down stains and odors. These cleaners work best at removing organic stains such as blood, urine, feces, and vomit, as well as accompanying odors.
- Chemical Cleaners – Regular household cleaners are usually detergent- based that clean and deodorize with a strong-smelling scent. While these products may help remove stains, they don’t remove the source of the odor or the pheromones, so your pet may re-soil.
The Pet Stain & Odor Remover with Optimal Performance
“I have tried everything. Stain & Odor Remover is the only product I use to remove pet accidents now.”
- Rachel P.
As you can imagine, my type of work involves a lot of cleaning up.
So it’s safe to say that I’ve had a bit of experience with stain and odor removers...
In my opinion, nothing gets the job done like a bacterial cleaner (such as I described in the previous section). Here’s why:
Urine goes through a “decaying process” as it ages in your carpet because of the bacteria feeding on the organic wastes. The bacteria convert the leftover waste to gases that creates that strong ammonia smell. Bacterial cleaners use good bacteria to “digest” the waste and eliminate the source of the odor.
Hands down, my favorite formula is Stain & Odor Remover. It provides deep bio-enzymatic cleaning that:
- Permanently removes urine, feces, vomit, and blood stains, and odors
- Eliminates pheromones to prevent re-soiling
- Also works on stubborn, old stains
- Is safe for pets and children!
Formulas that only use enzymes do half the job. To get complete cleaning, you need bacteria, too. With Stain & Odor Remover, you get both bacteria and enzymes.
When you apply the formula to your carpet or furniture, the proprietary bacteria blend creates its own enzymes that break down the hidden, deep down old urine molecules into “food” for the bacteria to eat. The bacteria and enzymes work together to completely eliminate all stains and odors.
What’s truly unique about this approach is that these “good” bacteria multiply when you apply the formula. And the bacteria continue to grow and multiply as long as they have a wet environment and food supply. With chemicals there is no growth or multiplication.
Best of all, Stain & Odor Remover is non-toxic and safe. It won’t harm your skin upon contact and it can be safely used around pets and children.
And you’ll be pleased at how economical it is, too. Ultra concentrated, one bottle of Stain & Odor Remover makes up to 15 pints!
11 Tips to Help You Get the Most from Pet Stain and Odor Remover
To help you get the most benefits from your Stain & Odor Remover, I’ve prepared this list of 12 tips:
- Remove any solids and blot away fresh urine with an old towel or rag.
- After diluting according to instructions, apply generously to the stained area. Use the bottom of the bottle to rub and agitate the area. This helps work the formula deep down into the stain and helps break down the stain for the bacteria to eat. Make sure there’s plenty of formula for the Stain & Odor Remover to reach down into the carpet pad. The area should be wet!
- Don’t wipe up or dry the stained area after applying Stain & Odor Remover. The bacteria needs moisture to thrive and do its work. After applying the product, place a warm, wet, white towel over the area and step on the towel several times to help agitate. Leave the towel over the area for an hour and then remove it to allow the area to air dry.
- If the stain is still present after the carpet has dried, make sure the area is completely dry and then repeat the process a second time. Don’t allow the carpet to remain wet for more than 24 hours at a time.
- Berber and wool carpeting may require additional applications because they are more tightly knit and resistant to liquid. Be sure to work the product deep into the carpet.
- If your pet has urinated in the corner of the room or near a wall, make sure to apply product and saturate along the baseboard. Urine can get caught between the baseboard and wall and create an odor. The product needs to get both in the carpet and onto the baseboard.
- Allow the carpet to completely dry for the urine smell to totally vanish.
- If the urine spot is large or saturated deep into the carpet, a couple of applications may be required. This is normal.
- Use Stain & Odor Remover to clean your pet’s bedding for a clean and fresh smelling bed without the use of toxic chemicals.
- Applying Stain & Odor Remover to a mattress: Saturate the area so it can penetrate far enough down into the mattress. Use a dilution ratio of 5 parts warm water to 1 part Stain & Odor Remover concentrate. Place a warm, damp, white towel over the stained area and apply pressure for a few seconds. Leave the towel over the stain for an hour, then remove, and let the area completely dry. If the stain or odor is still present, wait until the mattress is dry and then proceed with a second application.
- Use Stain & Odor for bloodstains, grass stains, and anything else organic in nature!
What Users Are Saying About Pet Stain & Odor Remover
You don’t need to just take my word for it... see what others are saying about our new Stain & Odor Remover. All I know is, I keep a good supply handy both at home and at the animal hospital!!
|Removed all the vomit stains.
“My cat has Irritable Bowel Disease and he vomits bile regularly on my light tan carpet. I was able to get all of the stains out using Stain & Odor Remover. I feel so much better about his exposure to this non-toxic, all natural product vs. using the toxic alternatives on the market.”
|This [safe] product works!
“My dog with terrible allergies licks her paws until they bleed sometimes.
I couldn’t find a [safer] product that has worked at removing all the blotches on my carpet until I used this product.”
|Stopped the re-marking.
“I rent a condo and my doxie started consistently marking in a few places. This was the only product that removed the stain AND the smell and prevented him from re-marking.”
“Works well on pet urine. Removes stain and smell. Safe on colors, too.”
It’s Your Turn… Are You Ready to Get Rid
of Your Embarrassing Pet Odors and Stains?
You’ve heard from many pet owners just like yourself who have tried for years to stay on top of their pet’s urine, feces, and vomit stains. They’ve found success with Stain & Odor Remover. And I believe you will too.
Why not try a bottle today and see for yourself how it removes stains and odors – even old stains that other cleaners can’t touch? And now through Mercola Healthy Pets, you can try Stain & Odor Remover risk-free.
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Since you can try Stain & Odor Remover risk-free, there’s simply nothing left standing in the way of regaining your fresh-smelling and clean-looking home.
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Q: How does Stain & Odor Remover work?
A: Stain & Odor Remover works through bacterial and enzyme action. Formulas that only use enzymes do half of the job; it takes bacteria to complete it. When the bacteria become activated, enzymes are created that, in turn, break down more complex molecules into a form that the bacteria can eat and completely eliminate. The two work together to completely eliminate all stains and odors, including hard-to-reach pheromones.
Unlike chemical formulas, the bacteria in Stain & Odor Remover eat waste and organic material. Once applied, it multiplies and continues to grow as long as it has a wet environment and adequate food supply. With chemicals there is no growth or multiplication.
Q: Can I use Stain & Odor Remover without diluting it first?
A: The bacteria in Stain & Odor Remover need to be “awakened” and that’s what happens when you mix it with warm water (just warm to the touch, NOT boiling). If you don’t dilute it, the bacteria will remain inactive and won’t work effectively to remove stains and odors. Once mixed with water, use within 7 days.
Q: How do I dilute Stain & Odor Remover?
A:It’s a smart idea to only mix what you think you might need for a 7-day period so you don’t waste product. For small stains, use a dilution ratio of 10 parts warm water to 1 part Stain & Odor Remover concentrate. For tougher stains, use it double strength – a dilution ratio of 10 parts warm water to 2 parts Stain & Odor Remover. Shake well before each use.
Q: My pet is taking antibiotics – will that or other pet medications affect the effectiveness of the bacteria blend?
A: Certain medications, especially antibiotics, contain anti-bacterial properties that will kill the bacteria in the Stain & Odor Remover concentrate.
If your pet is on antibiotics or other medications and you find the product isn’t working as expected, first use a carpet extractor with warm water to pull up as much of the medicated urine as possible. Then apply a more concentrated dilution of 5 parts warm water with 1 part Stain & Odor Remover concentrate. It may take a couple of applications to overcome the medication’s impact on the bacteria.
Q: I’ve used other products (that didn’t work) on a stain. Will the bacteria blend in Stain & Odor Remover still work?
A: Unfortunately many cleaning products can leave behind harmful residues that will kill or limit the healthy bacteria in Stain & Odor Remover. The best way to counteract other products is to first use an extractor with warm water to pull up as much of the remaining old product as possible.
It may take a couple of applications of Stain & Odor Remover to overcome the limiting effects of other bacteria-harming cleaners. But the good news is... it does work on many old stains.
Q: I’m a little hesitant to pour bacteria onto my carpet, drapes, and furniture. Isn’t that unhealthy?
A: Unlike dangerous bacteria that can cause disease, the strains in Stain & Odor Remover are non-pathogenic which means “not harmful to humans or animals”. The proprietary blend of bacteria strains are perfectly safe and also won’t harm your carpet, drapes, or furniture.
Q: What if my pet accidentally licks the area where I’ve used Stain & Odor Remover?
A: While we certainly don’t encourage you to allow your pet to consume Stain & Odor Remover, unlike many other cleaners, it’s safe. There is a very small chance they may experience diarrhea, otherwise they will just have some healthy bacteria in their stomachs. Our product contains no dangerous chemicals.