There’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy holding your dog in your arms because he’s your closest companion. However, he tends to smell unpleasant at times.
This makes you wonder why your pet smells so horrible? What’s the reason behind it?
Let me shed some light on this issue in this post.
The main reason for your dog’s bad odor is because of poor nutrition, a clogged anal gland, an oily or greasy coat that leads to skin irritation, decayed teeth and gum diseases causing bad breath, foul smell from the ear due to infection, the unhygienic environment that he resides in and poor grooming.
You Aren’t Feeding Your Dog a Balanced Diet
A poor diet can give rise to skin issues as well as internal gastrointestinal problems that may contribute to your dog’s unpleasant odor.
If your dog’s skin is dry and flaky, it gets itchy and irritated very easily, causing him to scratch relentlessly. This can promote bacterial growth, leading to a foul odor.
So, it is important to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet for your dog.
Dog’s diets should contain a good amount of protein, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. When feeding your dog a balanced diet, you’re giving him the nutrition he needs to keep him healthy. He’ll be more energetic and his coat will be shiny, strong and free from odor.
You should include fruits and vegetables in your dog’s diet as well. The soluble fiber in these foods is highly beneficial in preventing constipation.
As constipation (which causes bloating in the abdomen) often results in farting, making sure that your dog has a healthy digestive system, this will help to prevent this disorder.
Frequent farting can certainly make your dog smell awful.
You should also limit the amount of treats that you give your dog. This includes table scraps, since they may be high in fat and your dog might have difficulty digesting them.
Dogs should consume at least 50 percent of their total calories in protein. A dog’s protein requirement varies depending on its size. Puppies and adult dogs need slightly more protein than smaller and older dogs.
Make sure that your dog is getting enough water to stay hydrated. Your dog’s digestion is aided by water, and this in turn helps them absorb nutrients from the food.
When looking for dog food, make sure it’s made with fresh, natural ingredients and is free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.
High quality dog food is typically made from meat and other high-quality ingredients. Look for food that is made from whole meats, such as chicken, beef, and lamb. These foods are better for your dog’s health and have more vitamins and minerals.
The main source of protein in a dog’s diet should come from meat. There are different types of meat for dogs, but beef is the most common.
Chicken and turkey are also good sources of protein for dogs. Protein helps build muscles, and helps maintain healthy skin and hair.
Vegetables are the most commonly recommended source of nutrition for dogs. They’re a good source of fiber and help to keep a dog’s digestive tract healthy.
Make sure that you buy dog food from a reputable company. Your dog deserves the best.
If you’re not sure whether a food is made with quality ingredients, read the label. If the food has a long list of ingredients, then it’s probably made with cheap ingredients.
Keep in mind that dog food that is low in protein and contains a lot of grains is unhealthy for your dog. Dogs have a unique digestive system, and they need a balanced diet to stay healthy.
Infection in Your Dog’s Anal Glands
A dog has two small oval sacs on either side of his anus, and when they are infected, it can cause him to smell (as a result of a foul odor around his butt).
The purpose of the anal glands is to lubricate the popping process and disperse his scent to mark territory.
Dogs may also communicate with each other using pheromones released from their glands.
Glands get infected when the feces do not exert enough pressure to squeeze out the fluid through the anus. Constipation and diarrhea are both common causes of this disorder.
In the beginning, you may notice your dog is scooting his butt on the floor or hard surface frequently.
And if you find his butt (around the anus) to be red and sore, and he’s persistently licking his butt, he is likely suffering from anal gland’s infection.
You can also examine your dog’s feces for signs of blood or mucus to see if the anal glands are infected. You should always check the anal glands of your dog, especially if he is prone to diarrhea.
If your dog is experiencing anal gland issues, you should visit your vet immediately. Your vet will express the glands and remove the sacs.
Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics and pain medication to help your dog deal with the infection.
Consult your veterinarian about a diet plan for your dog to prevent anal gland problems. Your veterinarian may recommend increasing dietary fiber and fish oil in your dog’s diet.
Among the most common recommendations are canned pumpkin, fresh pumpkin cooked in water, and unsalted pumpkin seeds.
Your Dog’s Coat Is Oily or Greasy
Dogs’ skin contains glands that produce oils that help maintain the skin barrier and keep their hair coats healthy.
Sometimes, these glands can overproduce, resulting in an oily or greasy coat for your dog and causing him to have a bad odor.
When you’re performing an inspection on your dog, pay attention to the area around his armpits. If you see oily patches, this is a sign that your dog could be suffering from Seborrhea.
Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands of the skin.
Symptoms of seborrhea include dry, itchy, scaly, flaky, and red skin. In general, seborrhea affects the upper body, face, and arms, and is worse along the folds of the skin.
What are the signs and symptoms of Seborrhea in dogs?
- The coat is very dry and dull.
- Itchy skin.
- Oily, grubby skin that smells bad.
- Skin lesions with a plaque-like appearance.
- A significant amount of earwax.
Hormonal disorders and allergies are the most common causes. These underlying causes should be identified and treated.
The underlying cause is more likely to be an allergy if the age of onset is less than five years. It is more likely that dogs with seborrhea will have hormonal problems if they are of middle age or older.
Typically, your veterinarian will use medications for treating Seborrhea.
Infections caused by malassezia are commonly treated with ketoconazole or fluconazole. Fleas or roundworms may also be treated with medications.
Shampoos with antiseborrheic ingredients are also another common way to treat flakes and scaling caused by seborrhea.
Health Or Dental Issue
Your dog is stinking because of halitosis. Halitosis is characterized by foul breath as its primary symptom and is usually brought on by decayed teeth, gum disease, as well as some underlying health issues.
A healthy mouth should never smell. Bacteria in the mouth and throat are what causing the bad breath.
Other causes of bad breath include gum disease, mouth infections, poor diet, and tongue problems.
Bad breath can also be caused by a number of medical conditions, including liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disorders and gastrointestinal disorders.
Bad breath is also often seen in dogs, particularly when they have eaten improperly processed foods.
Bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella can multiply in undercooked or raw meats. Poor hygiene can also contribute to foul breath.
If your dog loves to chew on things such as bones, these items can harbor bacteria that can cause gum disease, plaque and tartar buildup, and tooth decay. This can result in bad breath.
You should always consult your veterinarian to find out whether your pet needs professional dental care or if there are any underlying health concerns.
Many vets will recommend that you bring your dog for a dental cleaning once a year as they can remove plaque and tartar from the teeth.
Infections Of The Ear
If you notice your pet scratching his ears and shaking his head persistently, he could be suffering from an ear infection.
Your dog’s ears should feel smooth and soft to the touch. If they’re scruffy, dry, red, or have any other unusual feeling, it could be a sign of an ear infection.
You should gently touch them to check for swelling, and look for any signs of infection or objects that get stuck in the ear canals.
If you see a discharge, redness, or any other signs of infection such as foul odor from the ears, take your dog to the vet right away.
Veterinary care is probably needed for ears with a strong odor. In fact, ear infections are one of the most common reasons for visits to the veterinarian.
They can be caused by a number of different problems, including a buildup of wax or foreign objects, a virus or bacteria, or an overgrowth of yeast.
In the absence of treatment, they can result in hearing loss.
Unhygienic Environment for Your Dog
When dogs spend time outside, they are exposed to all kinds of elements and come in contact with a lot of things. This includes dirt, mud, grass, sand, leaves, insects, spiders, and even ticks.
Most of the time, these are just harmless things, but sometimes they can cause serious problems for dogs, such as parasites and allergies and lead to unpleasant odors.
If your dog loves to roll in dead animals, mud, dirty water and even on other dog’s poop and urine, this can lead to the build up of bacteria on his coat, causing an unpleasant odor on his body.
Thus, it’s important to keep your dog clean, and to bathe him once a week if he is an active breed. A weekly bath can prevent itchiness by washing away allergens before they can penetrate the skin.
You will also want to keep your dog’s environment clean. Make sure that you wash his bedding and blankets at least once a week.
Grooming Is Not Up to Par
When your older dog stops grooming himself, oils, dander, and dirt start to build up and can result in a bad odor.
You see, dogs groom themselves regularly, and it’s one of the most important things they do to keep themselves clean and healthy.
Dogs that don’t groom themselves often suffer from dermatitis, and can have a foul smell on their body.
Older dogs can sometimes stop grooming themselves and this is usually a sign that their health is starting to deteriorate.
Some common signs that your dog’s health is deteriorating include:
- Stop grooming himself.
- Loss of appetite.
- Difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- Weight loss.
- Loss of vision.
- Loss of hearing.
- Loss of bowel control.
- Lack of energy.
- Shortness of breath.
- Excessive drooling.
What You Can Do to Improve Your Dog’s Odor
Many dog owners have no idea that there are so many ways to make your dog smell “fresh”.
While bathing (Bathing with a gentle shampoo on a weekly basis is essential) is a big part of keeping your dog clean, there are many other options.
Here are some additional tips you can use to keep your dog smelling fresh:
Regularly washing your dog’s bedding and blankets is a great way to prevent odors. You can wash your dog’s bedding and blankets in the washer on a regular cycle (depending on how dirty they get).
You can then either dry the bedding and blankets under the sun or in the dryer. This helps to keep the bedding and blankets fresh and clean.
Dogs have a tendency to roll around on their bedding, so you may want to use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean up your dog’s bedding.
You should brush your dog on a regular basis (at least twice a week).
Brushing is a great way to remove any dander, dirt and loose hair that could have accumulated on your dog’s coat.
Always use a soft, non-abrasive brush and brush the coat gently. Avoid brushing too hard as this can cause injury to the coat and cause painful knots and bumps to form.
If you notice that your dog’s coat is becoming matted, you can use a special brush designed to remove mats.
Use a dog wipe to freshen up your dog. The pH level of dog wipes is designed to work with dogs, so you won’t cause any imbalances. They’re safe for the dog’s skin, paws, face and are also safe for any sensitive areas.
You can therefore safely remove dirt from your dog’s skin and fur. Cleansing the folds several times a week can help prevent skin infections and debris build-up.