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- What Causes Dog Smells?
- Dog Smells and Bad Breath
- Dog Smells and Systemic Illness
- Dog Smells and Poor Hygiene
- Help for Dog Smells
What Causes Dog Smells?
Dog smells are caused by a variety of things. Dogs, unlike their cat counterparts, are not always the best at personal grooming. They have a stronger tendency to get into things and roll around. Dogs are also prone to yeast growth on the skin, and they have natural oils that can give off a rancid smell when they sit on the skin and hair for extended periods. Bathing can usually help, but if your dog produces a chronic odor that quickly returns and is persistent, it is likely caused by a health problem that needs treatment.
Dog Smells and Bad Breath
Dog breath is not known for its pleasantness, but it should not be overpowering. Pungent odor on the breath is most often caused by dental disease. Check your dog’s mouth for tartar buildup, broken teeth or other signs of decay. Periodontal disease and foreign matter stuck in the teeth may also cause excessive bad breath.
If there are no signs of dental disease and bad breath persists, it could be an indicator of other problems like sinus infections, digestive disorders and even cancer.
Dog Odors Caused by Systemic Illness
Bad smells that don't go away or that worsen even after bathing are a sign of illness. If you notice a strong, unpleasant smell near the head of your dog, check his ears. Ears infected with bacteria or ear mites can release a foul-smelling discharge.
Flatulence is often caused by a poor diet, digestive problems or food allergies. Severe flatulence indicates a need for dietary changes. Low quality foods can also lead to skin infections and overgrowth of yeast that causes a foul smell.
Anal gland abscess and impacted anal glands are common in many dog breeds and can cause foul smells. Other serious health problems that may cause chronic bad smells are kidney disease, certain cancers and diabetes.
Dog Smells and Poor Hygiene
Dogs are not as naturally inclined to clean themselves as cats are and must be bathed periodically. Dogs that are not bathed will eventually start to smell due to a buildup of oil on their skin and coat, even if they don't go outside often. Every dog is different in their habits, habitat, lifestyle and the type of coat they have. All of these factors determine how often your dog should be bathed and groomed.
Help for Dog Smells
Any strong smell that is not remedied by bathing or dietary changes should be taken seriously. An exam by a vet can determine the underlying cause and provide possible solutions. Regular baths with a gentle, natural pet shampoo will usually solve the problem. Stinky Paws Pet Wash is natural, fragrance-free and preservative-free. It is completely biodegradable and won't irritate your pet’s skin.