Although we love our doggies with all our hearts what if you lean in for a cozy snuggle but a find a bad odor coming from them? Did they roll in the dirt? Play with trash? Sure, some parts of your dog don’t smell lovely, but dogs, in general, shouldn’t smell bad. There are numerous causes of bad doggy odor and if this doesn’t go away after a bath, you should consult a doctor.
Why does my dog smell bad?
The most common cause of bad breath in dogs, like humans, is the build-up of plaque on their teeth. Often small breed dogs are more prone to dental problems like gum disease. Studies show that up to 85% of pets over the age of 3 are suffering from some sort of dental disease. The same would happen to you if you chose not to brush your teeth for 3 months. The sticky plaque will accumulate over the teeth, slowly hardening them. These accumulations are loaded with bacteria which can be the root cause of many dental infections. A slight odor may be normal and nothing too worrisome but stinky breath could be the result of infection, a rotten tooth, or the presence of some tumor.
Kidney disease can lead to an inability to eliminate waste products. The waste gets accumulated in the bloodstream which can further lead to creating an ammonia-like odor in your pup’s breath. You’ll be able to notice problems in your dog’s kidney function since they’ll show changes in their water intake and urination. If the kidney condition worsens, the pup will not be able to consume enough fluid to will help them eliminate the toxins accumulating; they may further become nauseous and vomit.
Dogs in later stages of diabetes may also give off a peculiar odor in their breaths. The reason behind this could be because your dog isn’t producing enough insulin. If the insulin isn’t being properly processed by the body then they won’t be able to breakdown the food they eat. Without enough nutrition in the body, this will lead to the generation of ketones. Ketones are generated when the body breaks down nutrients for itself. If your dog’s body is generating ketones, it will produce a distinctive odor.
Some pups have wrinkly skin and these are prone to developing skin fold dermatitis. Repeated close contract of the skin creates a warm zone which results in an overgrowth of surface microbes, like bacteria and yeast. These microbes can further cause a lot of irritation to your dog. They may cause inflammation, harm the skin barrier, and then cause infections.
Allergies can also be the reason for skin infections. Allergies in dogs lead to itchy skin. If your pup licks, chews and scratches her skin a lot, this can damage the barrier between the skin, which will let the bacteria pass through.
Allergies are also a major cause of ear infections. Some dogs are more prone to developing ear infections simply because of their anatomy. Long, droopy ears can trap moisture within them. The warm moist environment of the ear is the ideal spot for the bacteria to accumulate and thus, if not taken care of properly, they can develop numerous infections. Normal dirt shouldn’t have a stench but if you notice some unusual signs like excessive scratching & bad odor, consult a doctor.
Anal Sac problems
There are two small glands located on either side of your dog’s rectum, these are the Anal Sacs. They usually emit an odor every time your pup defecates. However, often pets suffer from anal sac problems. They may cause them to excessively licking themselves or drag themselves along the floor to relieve the pressure. If you feel your pet is disturbed by anal sac problems, you should immediately consult a doc before the problem worsens.
Often times when your dog has eaten something nasty, they may clear their stomach by passing gas. Sometimes, severe cases of flatulence are accompanied by symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. If you feel that the food your pet is consuming simply doesn’t agree with their sensitive system, then it’s time to consult a vet and decide upon a new diet.
What to do?
It’s important to start taking basic steps towards your pup’s dental hygiene to prevent problems later in life. Schedule dental cleanings, brush their teeth, and opt for food that helps in reducing this build-up. Ensure that your dog’s ears and the folds of their skin are clean and dry. Check them occasionally and dry them thoroughly after swims. Follow a healthy diet and make sure you’re giving your pup the food that their stomach can easily break down.
If the stink persists even after regular baths, then some underlying medical conditions might be the cause for it. Make sure you consult a vet before the situation worsens.