From car exhaust to garbage dumps, raw sewage to skunk spray, we live in a world of powerful odors. It’s bad enough to encounter funky smells when we’re out and about, but living among them can be unbearable, and that includes a chronically stinky pet. 

A super smelly dog that romps around spreading a truly unique odor may rattle human nerves, but it’s not entirely their fault. What’s more, there are techniques to reduce or eliminate canine odors.

Tubby Time

Most of the time, odors emanating from a smelly dog can be handled by a lukewarm bath and a good, hypoallergenic and dog-specific shampoo. If you aren’t savvy in this department, let us know. We can also recommend a professional groomer that can help you stay in front of any developing hygiene challenges. 

Playing Detective

When a good bath doesn’t help your dog’s stinkiness, it’s time to dig deeper into the potential causes. The following can often explain why a dog smells the way they do, and because some of them benefit from veterinary intervention, we’re happy to help you address them:

  • Anal sacs – If your dog is a bit stinky and tends to scoot their hiney across the rug, chances are they need their anal sacs expressed. Located on either side of the anus, these small pouches can become irritated by impacted or clogged fluid. When left alone, anal glands can become infected or suffer terriblly painful abscesses. Professional groomers typically include anal gland expression so a dog can look and feel their best. 
  • Canine Seborrhea – A smelly dog may have a skin condition characterized by dry, flaky dandruff, or greasy fur and skin. The buildup of grease can have a definite odor, and since it causes extra itching, secondary skin infections with bleeding and hair loss are common. Check the armpits, ears, belly and ankles for any waxy accumulations. We may be able to address this condition through diet and nutritional supplements. 
  • Yeast – A smelly dog may have allergies to any number of triggers, such as pollen, mold, dust, and chemicals. Yeast overgrowth on the skin may occur from diet. Antifungal skin treatments can treat symptoms, and yeast infections that center on the paws, ears, and skin must be handled with prescription medication. 
  • Ears – Owners are often surprised that the odor they smell is actually coming from their dog’s ears. Infections may be the result of allergies, hormone imbalances or immune system challenges, and the bacteria is known to cause odor. Flushing the ears and administering medicine work to reverse problems (and smells) in the ears.

Love Your Smelly Dog

If you’ve exhausted the obvious reasons for a smelly dog, we recommend taking a look inside your dog’s mouth. Doggie breath can be the first sign of periodontal disease, and an indicator that pet dental care needs attention. Furthermore, some smells can be related to their GI tract. Addressing their diet may reduce canine flatulence.

We know it’s not always easy to snuggle with a smelly dog. However, despite their stinkiness, these dogs are just as deserving of love and affection! If our staff can help you with questions or concerns about your smelly dog, please contact us. We’re always here for you at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital.