Why Does My Dog Stink?


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How do I get rid of my dog's bad smell?

Although you love your stuffed dog very much, the next time he leans in to kiss you, you recoil in horror at the stench emanating from him.

Did he turn into something dead? Did she irritate a skunk? Did she go back into the litter box?

There are a variety of causes for doggy odor, and if you can't get rid of it with a good bath, you will likely need to visit your vet to diagnose an underlying medical condition.

Here are seven reasons why your dog may smell bad.

Dental disease

Did you know that most pets (up to 85 percent) over the age of three have some type of dental disease?

You would too if you went three years without brushing your teeth. Within hours after a meal, the sticky plaque begins to build upon your pet's teeth, slowly hardening into cement-like tartar. Plaque and tartar are laden with bacteria, leading to gingivitis and infections.

Although a slight odor is normal in pets, stinky breath indicates an underlying dental infection, diseased tooth, or oral tumor.


Pets with kidney disease suffer from the inability to remove waste products from the bloodstream, which build up and can create an ammonia smell on your dog's breath.

Some people also say that pets with kidney failure have an odor. metallic on the breath.

If your dog's kidney function is decreased, he will probably also notice an increase in thirst and urination.

As kidney disease progresses and your pet cannot absorb enough fluid to flush out the toxins that build-up, he may feel nauseous and vomit, or may not want to eat.


Animals with advanced diabetes may also have a unique smell on their breath. If your dog does not produce enough insulin or does not use insulin correctly, his body will not be able to use the food he eats as nutrients.

Without proper nutrition, regardless of the amount of food you eat, your body will begin to break down into nutrients, generating ketones.

When your puppy creates ketones, his breath will have a distinctive odor, which some say smells like nail polish remover, while others say the smell is sweet.

Skin infection

Dogs with wrinkled skin, such as English Bulldogs, Shar Pei, or Pugs, are prone to developing skin fold dermatitis.

This stinky skin disorder occurs due to close contact with the skin, creating a warm, warm environment. Perfect wet for an overgrowth of surface microbes such as bacteria and yeast.

These organisms produce toxins that cause irritation and inflammation, destroy the skin barrier, and cause infections.

Allergies can lead to other skin infections. Allergies in dogs manifest as itchy skin, rather than watery eyes and sneezing as they do in humans.

When your puppy scratches, licks, and bites at the skin, it traumatizes it enough to damage the skin barrier, allowing bacteria to enter through cracks in the skin, resulting in a stinky infection.

Ear infection

Allergies in pets are also a common cause of ear infections. Some dogs may simply be prone to developing ear infections due to their anatomy, such as dogs with long, floppy ears that trap moisture.

Dogs that swim frequently without a proper ear drying routine afterward are also prone to developing recurring ear infections.

As with skin infections, the warm, moist environment in the ears is ideal for yeast and bacteria to take root and dominate.

The normal debris in your dog's ears shouldn't smell, but when you notice a peculiar stench coming from his ears or excessive shaking and scratching on his head, it's time to visit your vet.

Anal sac problems

Anal sacs are two small glands located on either side of your dog's rectum that emit a thin, smelly fluid when your pet defecates.

Animals can sometimes suffer from anal sac infections or impactions, causing them to lick the rear end excessively or walk on the floor to relieve pressure from filled anal sacs.

If your pet shows signs of sac problems anal, Schedule a visit to your vet for manual removal before your pup's anal sacs rupture and an abscess forms, which can also create a stench.


Some dogs have enough gas to clean a room, usually after eating something particularly nasty, like moldy waste or a rotting carcass.

Often these severe cases of gas are accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea if your dog has eaten something that he should not have eaten.

Occasionally, your pet's diet may simply not be in line with his gastrointestinal system and a change in food is necessary.

If you think your puppy's gas is unusual, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian.

If you notice a bad smell coming from your dog and you can't get rid of the smell with a good bath, there may be an underlying health problem.

When in doubt, contact your vet to get to the root of the problem.

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Source: Veterinary Secrets

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