4 reasons why your dog smells bad even after a bath

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4 reasons why your dog smells bad even after a bath

by Tracy Davis

There are several animals that are recognized for their pleasant scent. Animal essences have been cherished throughout history, some of them being extremely rare and hard to obtain. Musk is one of the most popular and fascinating scents, being a key constituent in many perfumes. That doesn’t apply to dogs, though. Have you ever heard someone saying I simply love the wet dog smell? Do you know anything about a “Dog Essence” perfume? Me neither and with a good reason.

Like it or not, our lovable doggos tend to be malodorous. They love rolling in smelly things and sometimes they like eating disgusting stuff, which might be kind of gross for some people. That’s why dogs need proper hygiene and regular bathing and grooming. However, if the pungent smell persists even after bathing your furry friend, it might indicate some health conditions.

Let's take a look at why your dog smells bad and what you can do about it.

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1. Skin inflammations or infections might cause greasy or flaky skin with a foul odor. There are many causes of skin inflammation in dogs, including external irritants, allergens, burns, or infections (bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal). If your dog is smelly, he’s scratching or licking excessively, scaling, or rubbing on the carpet, then he might suffer from a skin condition and you need to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Avoid using any pet shampoo & conditioner on your dog until the vet sees him. 

2. Ear infections might be the cause of some really nasty smells. If you notice your dog is scratching his ears or shaking his head more often than usual or if he becomes rather aggressive about having his ears touched, he could have an ear infection. Dogs have larger ears and longer ear canals than we have and they are much more sensitive, so it is important to regularly check their ears and clean them if necessary.

The ears can be cleaned under the guidance of a veterinarian, with mild ear cleaner specifically designed to be used on pets.

3. Dental issues are quite common in dogs, so bad odors can also come from your dog’s mouth. Is your dog’s breath kind of stinky and it’s keeping you from snuggling him? Giving him a mint won’t fix it. Instead, you should check his teeth, because dental diseases can cause bad breath in dogs. Just like in humans, plaque and tartar can develop in dogs’ mouth making their breath stink. Chewing is a dog's natural way of cleaning their teeth, so make sure they have something to chew on. And no, I am not talking about your shoes or cables. I am talking about chew toys or treats that will keep his teeth healthy.

4. Poor quality food can also result in bad breath and foul-smelling poop. An unhealthy diet and low-quality dog food could have a negative impact on your dog's digestive system, resulting in bad smells due to an imbalanced gut bacteria. We all want to eat healthy and tasty food, so don’t buy cheap food for your furry friend.

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Once you find out the cause of your dog’s smell, you can easily treat it, but what do you do if your house becomes a bearer of the bad odor? Eliminating the nasty dog smell when it has already set in can be quite hard to accomplish. Luckily, there are many odor eliminators that can come to your rescue, like Angry OrangeIt is made with natural oils and it completely destroys the bad smells, leaving behind a fresh citrus scent.

If your pet doesn't smell like they should, we advise you to make an appointment with your vet. Better safe than sorry. Time to take a whiff of your dog?

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