A topic we might not discuss in polite company – Enzymatic Cleaners!

As a practicing veterinarian since 1993, I know smelly stuff. Even though I adore my career, I could honestly do without some of the bodily fluids that have splashed or squirted in my direction over the years. I’ve also had guest pets leave unwelcome surprises on my living room carpet. Cleaning urine, feces, vomit and blood is not for the weak. Really, I’m teasing, but there are tricks that you may need if you are caring for a diabetic pet, a debilitated patient or simply a naughty pet.

If a pet has to urinate frequently or often, potty accidents can occur. Maybe you were gone from home longer than expected and Fido couldn’t hold it. Maybe your diabetic cat is frustrated that she needs to pee again and instead of using the litter box, she voids on the carpet. In any case, simply cleaning urine or feces with a detergent won’t always remove the odor. Often an “enzymatic” cleaner is necessary to get the stink out and prevent that same area from being a future target. I know how difficult it can be to manage a diabetic pet, particularly at the time of the initial diagnosis when the diabetic is drinking and urinating voluminous amounts. That’s why I have recommended that American Diabetes Wholesale should carry several enzymatic cleaners to help break down organic material.

Organic debris must be broken down for it to truly dry out. That’s why carpet cleaning companies can find areas of urine using a hydrometer. They poke the tip of the hydrometer into the carpet. If it beeps there is likely a pee spot present. Areas of urine under the carpet pad don’t dry out unless an enzymatic cleaner breaks down the organic material. Target areas can also be identified using a black light. You might just feel like you are on an episode of CSI!

Whether you are attempting to clean up organic matter from a pet or a human, there are quality products that will help you get the smelly stuff out. Regardless of the product, be smart. If it is to be used on furniture or carpeting, test a small inconspicuous area first to make sure it doesn’t discolor the item being cleaned. Clean any visible debris and soak up what fluid you can. Rinse away any detergents you may have already tried. Finally, allow proper contact time for the enzymatic cleaner to work.

We hope you find this information helpful. Know that you are not alone.


NOTE: Consult your veterinarian to confirm that my recommendations are applicable for the health needs of your pet.

Dr . Joi Sutton

Dr . Joi Sutton

Dr. Joi Sutton is a 1993 graduate from Oregon State University. She has practiced both in emergency medicine and general practice. Dr. Sutton has done extensive international volunteer work and is the President and Founder of Veterinary Ventures, a nonprofit organization that takes teams of veterinarians to undeveloped countries for humane medical care. She also runs a small animal practice in South Florida.
Dr . Joi Sutton