7 Reasons Why Some Dogs Stink

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Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that dogs aren’t supposed to smell like a freshly-powdered baby. Dogs have their own smell, which is different from humans. With that being said, your dog shouldn’t reek of a disgusting odor. If you bathe your pet on a regular basis and he or she stinks, it is time to find out the reason or reasons behind it. Here are some of the possibilities you should consider.

#1 Your dog may have a yeast infection

One of the most prevalent reasons why dogs become smelly is due to an excess of yeast on their bodies. Extra yeast creates a musty, sharp stench that is commonly compared to rotten cheese, or food that has gone sour. If your dog has a yeast infection, he may develop a moldy odor around his ears and his paws. This may cause him to scratch in these areas, and drag his butt on the ground.

#2 Your dog may be excessively gassy

Everyone knows that it is completely normal for humans and animals to pass gas. If your dog is healthy, it shouldn’t be overly smelly. However, if your dog’s farts are so intense and frequent that they make people run away, something could be wrong. Some potential culprits could be a bad diet, intestinal parasites, a food allergy, or missing digestive enzymes. If other gastrointestinal issues accompany your dog’s excessive gas, it is time for a visit to your trusted veterinarian.

#3 Your dog’s anal glands may be having problems

Your dog’s anal glands are positioned just inside of the rectum. When your dog poops, they naturally secrete a very smelly substance. These anal glands may become inflamed, impacted or infected in certain cases. As a result, there may be a buildup of secretions, which will cause a foul, fishlike odor.

#4 Stinky Ears and Eyes

If your dog has a bad smell, but you are unable to find out where it is coming from, you might want to check his face. Your dog may have an ear infection (caused by bacteria or yeast) that is the cause.

Another possibility is ear mites. They deposit an oily debris that emits a particularly pungent stench. So basically, if you lift up your canine’s ear and take a peek, there should be nothing to see inside. There should be no redness, and no discharge should be present.

If your dog’s ears look good, it is time to check his eyes. Wherever your dog has facial creases, such as the area underneath his eyes, bacteria or yeast can hide there and cause a stink.

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