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What to Do When Your Dog has an Accident in the House

pet urine removal in carlsbad, caDogs can bring some much-needed joy into our lives. Their pee, however, typically just adds stress, odors, and nasty stains to your house. Even the best dogs, the true good boys and good girls, will have the occasional accident inside your home. This doesn’t always seem like a big deal. Maybe you’re fine looking at the stain and living with the smell. But, and we really want to emphasize this, PET URINE CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH. That’s why it’s crucial to get it out quickly and properly. Here are some tips the San Diego pet stain experts here at Great American Chem-Dry put together to help.

  1. Get to it immediately, even if they’re in the act. The sooner you can get to the accident the better. If you are fortunate enough to catch your dog as they’re peeing inside, you can actually start to prevent the behavior. Be sure to teach and not punish the dog. Chastisement can encourage them to be sneakier next time to avoid punishment. Instead, say something like, “Whoops, outside,” while quickly taking the dog outside to a familiar spot. 
  2. Control the damage. As soon as you possibly can, grab some paper towel, or a reusable rag, and start blotting up as much of the urine as you can from the floor or carpet. Don’t use a hairdryer to dry up the urine. The high heat will only set the stain and odor deeper into your carpet. If your dog got any urine on anything washable clothing or any other washable item, put it through a cold rinse cycle and then a normal wash cycle with detergent. 
  3. Clean deeper than the surface. Cleaning the stains from the surface usually isn’t enough. Dog urine tends to go deeper into your carpet damaging the padding and sub-floor. This leads to bacteria and allergen growth that will hurt your health. To properly clean a dog accident, you need professional help. But remember, not all pet urine cleaning companies are equal. You should avoid steam cleaning crews and their equipment. They’ll just load your carpets with unnecessary heat and water that can cause mildew and mold growth. Steam cleaners also have a hard time actually removing the deep stains and odors so they often reappear. Instead, you want to hire a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in pet urine removal to make sure the smell and bacteria are completely removed. 
  4. Get to the actual cause. Your dog’s accident may have been caused by a number of different things. It is important to find out why they had the accident to prevent one from happening again. Here are a few common reasons why dogs accidentally pee inside. 
    • Stress. Believe it or not, your furry friend can experience a great deal of stress. Any major life change can spark it. When the dog feels overwhelmed, they are likely to have an accident. Try to find ways to help your dog cope with changes.
    • Schedule changes. A dog is a creature of habit and routine. It can take some time for them to adjust to a change in their schedule. If possible, make changes gradually, over the course of a few weeks.
    • Home renovations. This goes back to stress. Changing any part of your dog’s environment can be scary to them. The new construction workers can especially frighten them as they go in and out of the house all the time. A new carpet may also smell different to some dogs and cause them to mark it with their own scent.
    • New medications. If you recently started giving your dog a new medication, it may trigger accidents. Check with your vet to learn about potential side effects.
    • Health issues. Aging is just a natural part of a dog’s life. Typically a dog’s bladder control weakens with age. But even a young dog may struggle to hold it in. A loss of bladder control can actually be a symptom of an underlying health problem. If you notice your dog’s behavior changing, be sure to check in with your vet. 

Note: Training is key! You can’t really consider a dog fully house-trained before he is at least a year old. When you’re dealing with a new puppy, accidents will likely be common. In order to house train your puppy: 

  1. Begin by taking the dog out frequently, and then gradually increase the amount of time between trips outside. 
  2. Go outside with your dog and praise him when he urinates in a properly designated spot, then reward him with a treat afterward. 

We hope that these tips will help you when your dog has an accident. Pet urine isn’t ever fun to deal with, but it is a problem that you can address and take care of properly. 

Call Great American Chem-Dry today for pet urine removal in Carlsbad and San Diego!