Why does my dog smell so bad?

Most of our dogs have a tendency to stink every now and then, whether they rolled in something nasty, have bad breath, or never quite dried off after swimming in the lake. However, while most odors have a simple solution, some can be caused by more serious underlying problems. What are some of the possible reasons your dog smells so bad, and what can you do to get rid of the stink?

Possible causes of a smelly dog and how to help

Skin issues

Allergies, parasite infestations, and secondary bacterial and yeast infections are all common issues known to produce stinky dog skin. Besides odor, they can also lead to hair loss, itchiness, hot spots, and more serious infections if left unaddressed. Small Door Vet notes that allergies often begin the process, which leads to scratching and licking that open the door for infections. Dogs with skin folds, like French bulldogs and Pugs, are also prone to developing skin problems due to their folds retaining moisture and providing an ideal environment for bacterial and fungal infections.

How to help: Monitor your dog for signs of itchiness, infection, and worsening smell. Keep your dog’s skin as clean and dry as possible. Dogs with skin issues or allergies that result in dry, itchy skin typically require more frequent bathing. Regular baths can go a long way towards removing environmental allergens and reducing bacteria and yeast. The appropriate shampoo should be used as over bathing can cause dry skin and cause even more itching.  An oatmeal shampoo or a shampoo specific for sensitive skin is best and your veterinarian can steer you in the right direction.



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