Pooch owners love the smell of a nice clean, healthy pet, but sometimes our little bundles of fur aren’t fresh as a daisy.  They might just need a bath, but after they’re fresh out of the tub, you might still be asking, why does my dog smell bad?  Here are 7 reasons why they might need a trip to the vet for further investigation.

Why Could Your Dog Smell Bad?

1. Anal gland infection

If your pooch has a foul, fishy odor and may drag their butt on the ground, bite at their tail base, or have a red hairless bulge near the area, then they may not be fully expressing their anal glands.  If home remedies are not effective, surgery may be required.

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2. Dental Disease

dog dental disease

Periodontal disease doesn’t only happen in humans, our little fur babies can also be affected by the build up of tartar above and below the gumline, and can lead to great pain, infection, and other complications.  If your dog has bad breath, it could be due to dental disease.  There are four stages, and by the second stage, your pet may have foul-smelling breath.

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3. Diabetes

In addition to more common symptoms of diabetes in dogs such as lethargy, dehydration, vomiting, and recurrent infections, another indicator you may notice is that your dog smells.  Your dog’s breath may smell sweet, almost like pears.  If this is the case, you will want to take your pet to have blood and urine tests from a veterinarian.

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4. Canine Parvovirus

Dog sniffing could catch parvovirus

Parvo is highly contagious that can be transmitted when a dog sniffs or licks contaminated feces or indirectly through another infected surface, and it can be fatal.  There are many symptoms of parvo, some of which are similar to diabetes and other illnesses so it’s important to get your dog to a vet. If your pooch has diarrhea with a distinct sickly-sweet smell, that could be indicative of parvo.

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5. Skin Fold Dermatitis

Wrinkly dogs are prone to skin fold dermatitis

Wrinkly dogs are so cute, but can be prone to skin fold dermatitis, when rubbing and moisture aggravates the skin and in which bacteria can build up.  Signs of this are reddened skin and a bad smell.

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6. Yeast Overgrowth

Dachshunds are prone to yeast infections

Yeast is naturally occurring on the skin, but if it grows out of control, it can cause inflammation, particularly on the skin or int the ears of dogs. Hair loss, scratching, scaling, oily skin, and a distinct odor can be signs that your pooch may have a yeast infection.

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7. Doggie Flatulence

Doggie Flatulence

Whether you own a dog or not, there’s no doubt that you’ve been a victim of being in the unfortunate radius of a dog after they’ve passed gas.  There are many reasons why dog farts smell so bad.

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There are many more possible reasons why your dog smell bad; if you’ve taken care of any obvious reasons, you will want to delve further and find out what the cause is so that it can be treated for a happy and healthy pooch.

Also read: How To Protect Your Dog From Dangerous Parasites

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