5 Reasons Your DOG Might SMELLS! How To Stop Bad Dog Smell
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Number 5 – Natural “Perfumes” from the Great Outdoors Especially if your dog has the chance to roam off-leash – either on walks or on your land - , chances are they have found some irresistible “Eau de Cologne” out there: In the wild, our modern canines’ ancestors were quite motivated to mask their own predator-scent with something else. Which of course came in quite handy for their hunting expeditions: Unfortunately for wolves, prey animals are equipped with a great sense of smell – and will flee, should their sensitive noses detect “Eau de Wolf” in the air. But what if the only thing they can detect is some animal poop – or the stench of something dead and decomposing? Good for the wolf, bad for the prey! Therefore, your dog rolling around in something smelly is only following their instincts. Which is no reason for you to put up with this, of course: As your dog’s owner and canine leader, you are perfectly entitled to follow your own instincts and restore cleanliness to your dog’s fur – for example, by giving them a bath with warm water and plenty of dog shampoo! Number 4 – Unauthorised Snacking Our number 4 point on today’s list is also connected to your dog exploiting its freedom to engage in unauthorised pursuits: In this case, this means your dog might have eaten a rotting animal: Some poor deer or rabbit that got killed by another predator. However, as whoever killed that unfortunate animal did not clean up after their meal, your dog decided to lend them a hand – and eat the leftovers. This “infraction” is easy to detect, because it positively stinks (to say “it smells” would just not do this particular odour justice). And also, the source of the stench will be your dog’s snout and front paws, which are the body parts it used to dissect and ingest the rotting flesh. The treatment is similar to the one mentioned above – bathe your dog diligently. And to get the stink out of their snout, insist they drink water and give them something small to eat, like a dental stick, to hopefully clean that mouth of any smelly residue. Number 3 – Tooth Problems Our number 3 reason for your dog smelling bad is somewhat less intrusive and sudden: Tooth decay can cause quite noticeable “doggy breath”, especially in older dogs. In general, smaller canines seem more prone to this problem than the large and giant breeds. To prevent this smelly issue, consider brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, and giving them dental sticks or safe bones to chew on. But if the problem is already present, the best course of action is to consult your vet, who will be able to diagnose and treat the problem at the root – even if that means removing an infected tooth. Number 2 – Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) If the offensive odour coming from your canine smells of urine, they might have contracted a urinary tract infection. Other common signs of this condition include a frequent need to urinate, as well as signs of discomfort when doing so. Most likely, this problem can quickly be resolved by your vet via appropriate medication such as antibiotics. Depending on the severity of the condition, your vet may also prescribe pain medication, as UTIs can be uncomfortable for your dog. In addition, the vet might recommend a diet change for your dog to prevent any further problems. Number 1 – infected Anal Glands And our number 1 source for particularly nasty, musky scents emitted by your dog is its rear end: More appropriately, the glands located on both sides of the anus. Normally, the offensively smelly substance produced by these glands is emitted in tiny little bits whenever the dog does its business. In less fortunate canines, however, these anal sacs become infected. As a result, this offensively smelly substance starts to subtly leak, which causes extreme discomfort both to your nose dog and to your dog. The most common symptoms for such an infection is your dog scooting across the floor on its bottom, as well as constant licking around of the anal area. So, should you smell and see these symptoms, do not hesitate to take your canine companion to the vet, who will drain the anal sacs manually to provide relief.