Why Does My Dog Smell so Bad?

For dog-lovers, dogs are just the most adorable creatures. And what’s the best way to show your affection for man’s best friend than giving your pet a hug. But this can be a bit difficult if your dog smells. So what? You’ll just have to give your dog a bath right? But if the smell sticks even after a long bath, then there might be a problem. Now, you are probably wondering, “Why does my dog smell so bad?”

DIRT
There are various possible reasons why your dog may smell so bad. One obvious reason would be your dog is dirty and just really needs a bath. Your dog may simply have just been rolling over something that smells bad or has been sprayed on by a skunk. So, if you smell that your dog stinks, it’s best to grab that dog shampoo and give your dog a nice bath.

SHAMPOO
Even if you keep on giving your dog a bath, if you don’ t use the right shampoo for your dog, then your pet would stink up easily. Using shampoos intended for humans can have harsh effects on your dog’s skin. Human shampoos have a higher pH compared to dog shampoos. Keep in mind that a dog’s fur and skin is different from the human hair and scalp.

FOOD
Like in humans, what our dogs eat can affect how they smell. What your dog eats on a regular basis matters. So, be sure to feed your pet with high quality food and is appropriate for your dog. Also, avoid giving your pet table scraps.

SKIN DISORDERS
If your dog still smells even after you have given it a bath, then chances are your dog is suffering from some skin disorder. A bad odor is one of the most common and obvious symptoms of a skin problem in dogs. So check for any other signs of skin problems in your dog and take your pet to the vet for proper treatments.

EAR INFECTION
Bacterial infection in your dog ear can smell really bad. If you observe your dog scratching its ears or shaking its head, then an ear infection is most likely the cause of smell. Be careful when giving your dog a bath. If water gets trapped inside the ear canal, it can make matter worse.

FLATULENCE
Your dog may be having some sort of digestive problem, making your dog pass gas. Flatulence is normal. But if it happens quite often, then it is best to have it checked with your veterinarian.

ANAL GLANDS/SACS
Anal sacs are located near the dog’s anus. These sacs are scent-sacs secrete an oily and smelly substance used to mark territory. This secretion is released along with the feces. So, if the sacs get infected, the sacs cannot empty properly and can end up on your dog’s fur.

ORAL PROBLEMS
Your dog may be having some dental problems. Dental problems, like gingivitis and periodontitis, can cause your dog to develop really foul breath. A sore mouth can also make your dog drool frequently. And if the drool reaches the fur and other things, the smell may stick to these and you won’t notice that the smell is from your dog’s mouth.

OTHER DISEASES
Other diseases, such as kidney problems and diabetes, may also affect your dog’s breath.

If, after giving your dog several baths, the smell is still there, it is best to have your dog checked by the veterinarian to avoid any complications.

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