Smelly Dog? May be More than Meets the Nose…

smelly dog

Fellow dog owners, I feel your pain! Or should that read “I smell your pain”?  Mud, rain, snow, puddles and mucky ponds all play their part creating that dreaded smell.  Throw in a puppy who also likes to roll in you know what, and bingo! Welcome to Dog Pong Land – guaranteed to infest your house, your car and possibly even you.

But all is not completely lost, as most smells can be minimised by regular grooming, using the correct products, and not over doing it on the bathing front.  Truth be told, some dogs do smell more than others, but did you know that not all smells are created equal? Fact is, some smells may be a sign that not all is right with your pet.

Time to See the Vet?

So you’ve washed, dried, sprayed, and groomed Fido to within an inch of his life, but a lingering scent still remains. Before you rush out and buy even more products, stop to think if there could be an underlying medical issue.

  1.    Breath: Dental problems are the first thing to check if you suspect it’s dog breath you’re smelling.  Look for swollen gums, plaque, rotten teeth or unusual growths. If you don’t spot anything, bear in mind that other health conditions can produce odours in the mouth such as kidney failure, and diabetes.
  2.    Infected Ears: Ears infected with mites, or plagued by an infection are often red, mucky, warm to the touch, and smell. To high heaven.
  3.    Anal Glands/Sacs: Used to mark a dog’s territory (one bowl movement at a time!), impacted, or infected anal glands/sacs are one of the most common causes of smelly dog syndrome. If your dog has also been dragging his or her rear end along the floor, you may have found the culprit.
  4.    Atopy: Atopy is an inflammation of the skin and is primarily caused by seasonal allergies, or food allergies/ intolerances.   This condition triggers an over production of sebum, which can give the coat an oily feel and a musty smell.  Poor diet often lies at the root of this problem but age inappropriate diet is another, often overlooked, cause.

If you suspect that your dog’s smell might be caused by any of the above, please seek the advice of your veterinary surgeon.  This is by no means a complete list, but if you’ve tried grooming your dog with quality products and the smell still won’t go away, it’s time to follow your nose …..straight down to the vet’s.

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