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What Is That Doggy Smell

There are lots of reasons why your best buddy might suddenly become intolerably stinky – and your first reaction might be to give Fido a nice thorough bath. After all, it could simply be that he rolled in something smelly (decaying garbage or poop) or got sprayed by a skunk. Dogs will be dogs, after all. But if what’s ailing him isn’t a skin or coat or stinky garbage problem, then shampoo probably won’t help.

What causes doggie odor?
It could just be a digestive problem. You could try a liquid chlorophyll supplement, available from most pet stores. If this is the culprit, you’ll probably notice a much less objectionable breath and body odor within a few weeks of use.

There are a number of other health problems that cause a noticeable smell as one of their symptoms; the following three medical conditions are some of the most common.

Tooth and gum disease - dental disease and infected gums can produce a very nasty odor. And the resulting sore mouth may also cause increased drooling, which produces bad smelling saliva. It’s time to get Fido onto a regular teeth cleaning regimen, along with annual dental cleanings at the vet. Read here for more on brushing Fido’s teeth.

Ear infections - bacterially infected ears are often quite stinky. Fido will usually be scratching or shaking his head if this is the case; be aware that a bath could make the condition worse if water gets trapped in the ear canal. Read more here about ear infections. If you suspect an ear infection, get him to the vet right away instead of trying to bathe the stink off him first.

Infected or impacted anal sacs - Anal sacs are two small scent-marking sacs near the anus. When a dog poops, these sacs normally give off a smelly, oily secretion at the same time. If these sacs become infected or clogged, problems will result - and this condition can be very painful and uncomfortable for poor Fido if left untreated. A side effect of these impacted or infected sacs is that they’ll frequently secrete a bit of their stinky, oily ooze onto the surrounding fur, causing Fido’s very pungent bad odor. If your vet determines that your dog’s distress is due to a problem with the anal sacs, he can teach you how to keep this area clean and unclogged yourself at home (or if that’s too gross to even contemplate, you can bring Fido in to the vet’s offices where they’ll do a regular cleaning and expelling of the anal sacs for you.)