Pongy Pooch? Here’s Why Your Dog Is So Stinky!
Dogs are adorable, but if you own one you’ll know they can get extremely stinky at times! If you’ve noticed a not so pleasant pong coming from your pooch, here are just a few of the potential causes.
They Need a Bath
If the smell has come on quite suddenly, it could be that your dog has rolled in something. It could have been a dead animal while you were out walking, or they could have sniffed out cat or fox feces or urine in your garden and rolled in that. It’s believed that dogs do this instinctively as their ancestors would roll in animal droppings to mask their scent and make hunting easier. Washing your dog doesn’t need to be a daily or weekly thing, but if this is the culprit of their bad smell then giving them a bath will certainly help. Be sure to use shampoo that’s specially designed for dogs, as human products can irritate their skin. Make sure they’re completely dry before going back outside especially if it’s cold. Some dogs will let you dry them with a hairdryer after a bath which makes things easier.
They Have a Yeast Overgrowth
Sometimes dogs can develop an imbalance of yeast in their bodies, leaving them feeling itchy and uncomfortable. Yeast infections also have a tell-tale scent, so if your dog smells musty, cheesy or moldy then it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. It’s likely to be particularly strong in their ears and on their paws. Yeast imbalances can be a result of allergic reactions or immune system issues, so it’s important to have this addressed by a vet. Feeding a high-quality dog food which is free of wheat, and eliminating any snacks or table scraps that contain certain carbohydrates and sugars is likely to be recommended. Plus a topical shampoo or treatment to be applied to the skin.
They Have Dental Issues
If your dog’s smell is coming from their mouth, dental issues might be to blame. This is common in older dogs, especially those who are fed on wet food. No dogs breath is going to smell minty fresh, but if it’s particularly bad then always have it looked at. Your dog may need to be put under anesthetic so their teeth can be properly cleaned. Alternatively, your vet might suggest dog cleaning products you can use at home, as well as treats and bones which can improve their teeth.
They Have Scent Gland Problems
Dog’s anal scent glands are thought to help mark territory and communicate with other dogs. Sometimes they can become impacted and will emit an awful ‘fishy’ smell. If this is the case, their anal glands will need to be emptied. If you’re not comfortable with doing this yourself (and let’s be honest, who can blame you), a vet or experienced dog groomer will be able to take care of the problem. Some dogs are naturally prone to these blockages whereas others will never have an issue, so it’s just the luck of the draw. Good job we love our dogs so much isn’t it!