Smell You Later! Dealing With Unpleasant Odors

Smell You Later! Dealing With Unpleasant Odors

As pet owners, we’re familiar with the occasional odors our dogs can produce. Despite these smells, it’s comforting to know they adore us, even when we’re not at our freshest. Dogs often become smelly after outdoor adventures, like rolling in mud, but sometimes the source of their odor isn’t as obvious.

Much like humans, dogs develop body odor if they go too long without a bath. Over time, the natural bacteria on their skin break down body oils, resulting in an unpleasant smell that clings to their fur and skin. However, poor hygiene is one reason dogs can develop a strong odor. Other common causes include:

  • Skin infections, such as bacterial or fungal infections and allergies.
  • Ear infections, known as otitis externa.
  • Dental issues, including periodontal disease.
  • Problems with anal glands.

These issues can produce distinct and unpleasant odors, ranging from fishy to yeasty, emanating from the skin, ears, mouth, or anal area of your dog. Furthermore, systemic health problems like kidney disease, liver failure, or certain cancers can also lead to unusual body odors in dogs.

If your dog consistently smells bad or has a strange odor, it’s important to consult a veterinarian. They can determine if there are any underlying health issues and recommend appropriate treatment.