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- What Causes Dog Odors?
- Dog Odors and Bad Breath
- Dog Odors and Systemic Illness
- Dog Odors and Poor Hygiene
- Help for Dog Odors
What Causes Dog Odors?
Dogs, unlike their feline counterparts, are not always inclined to groom themselves regularly. Dog odor can come from a variety of sources. Dogs have a natural curiosity and playfulness that leads them to get into things and roll around. For example, dogs will sometimes be sprayed by skunks or get into trash cans.
Dogs produce natural oils that coat their skin. These oils can become rancid and emit a foul odor when they remain on the skin for extended periods due to lack of grooming or bathing. Dogs are also very prone to yeast overgrowth on the skin, which produces a foul odor. Bathing usually helps most cases of dog odor, however chronic odor that quickly returns, is persistent or overbearing is likely caused by an underlying health problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated.
Dog Odors and Bad Breath
Dogs are notorious for their bad breath, but the odor should never be overpowering for extended periods. Pungent odor on the breath that doesn't go away is usually caused by dental disease. Tartar buildup, broken teeth or other signs of decay are often very noticeable when you check your dog's mouth. Periodontal disease and debris stuck between the teeth can also cause very bad odor.
If there are no obvious signs of dental disease and bad breath persists, it may be an indication of other problems like digestive disorders, sinus infection or even some cancers.
Dog Odors Caused by Systemic Illness
Strong odors that linger or worsen, even after bathing, are a sign of illness. If an unpleasant odor is coming from the head of your pet, check his ears for signs of infection. Ears infected with mites or bacteria often release a very foul-smelling discharge.
Digestive problems and food allergies can cause persistent odors and flatulence. When this becomes severe, it indicates a need for dietary changes. Low-quality foods often lead to skin infections and yeast overgrowth, worsening your dog's smell.
Other health problems that lead to chronic, strong odor are anal gland abscesses, impacted anal glands, kidney disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Dog Odors from Poor Hygiene
Dogs need to be bathed periodically to remain odor free. Dogs that are never shampooed will eventually smell bad due to a buildup of oils and dirt that coats their skin and works its way into the coat. Dogs that go outside often need to be groomed more than dogs that rarely leave the house. Each dog’s habits, lifestyle, skin and coat are unique, and all of those factors will determine how often you should bathe your pet.
Help for Dog Odors
Any strong odor 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.