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Why Does My Dog Stink? Common Causes of Dog Odor

Why Does My Dog Stink? Common Causes of Dog Odor

So you’ve got a smelly dog. Maybe it’s time to give him a bath. It's best to bathe your dog at least once a month, but if he's particularly dirty, you can bathe him more often. Here are some tips for how to keep your pup clean and smelling fresh without causing skin irritation or an upset stomach. Read on for advice that will have your pooch smelling sweet in no time!

Section 1: How to bathe your dog Section 2: The smell of dog urine Section 3: Cleaning a smelly dog bed Section 4: Treating fecal impaction Section 5: Why does my dog's breath smell? Section 6: Preventing bacterial growth on teeth Section 7: Conclusion

How to bathe your dog

Step 1: Clean your pet. Have him stand with all four paws on the ground. Bend down, holding his body at the level of his eyes, and turn him loose so that he can sniff the ground for goodies. Don't scratch at his coat or pull him too hard. Step 2: Close his ears if you're at home. In public, have him lean against you. If his coat feels soiled, scrub it out using a mild shampoo or face-soaping solution. Shampoo your dog by stroking his fur from the sides to the top, being careful not to get into his ears. Use a mixture of 1 quart of warm water and 2 tablespoons of dry shampoo, then rinse thoroughly. Allow to air dry before putting on your next layer of clothing. Step 3: Wash his body. Use a cleanser suitable for your pet, then pat him dry.

The smell of dog urine

While dogs urinate during the day, there's always the chance that there will be a puddle somewhere. Since urine is created using specific enzymes, your dog's urine can even dry to form a dark brown substance that's used as fertilizer in some countries. If your dog has puddles on his paws, it's the urine that he releases while sitting down that can cause stinky feet. Dog poop Urine and poop contain certain nutrients that help your dog stay healthy, so the little guys aren't the only ones to have a messy bowel movement. There are certain spots your dog should never poop. The top of the back leg, the groin, and underneath the belly are usually a good place for your pup to take a little poop.

Cleaning a smelly dog bed

Poop on a dog bed is generally a pretty big deal. You want to get the poop off immediately, but you don't want to damage your carpet, either. The best way to do that is to put the dog bed in the washing machine with detergent and a little bleach. You'll want to wash the bed every few months so that the poo doesn't build up and look like mold. Make sure you open your washing machine's door while it's running so that the machine is running when you throw in the dirty bed. Run the wash cycle and wait for it to dry. After washing, take the cover off of the dog bed and take it outside to shake out the poo and dirt. Then return the bed to the washing machine and wash it again to get out as much of the poop and pee as possible.

Treating fecal impaction

Dogs usually poop when they're eating or drinking, and sometimes they eat it and poop at the same time. Some dogs never fully go through their stool, and fecal impaction is when they defecate even after passing their stool. The goal is to make sure your dog has a small amount of solid stool a day. To make sure your dog is passing small amounts of stool, give him small pieces of food, or give him a very small amount of wet food or water. Giving your dog more than he needs can cause fecal impaction, as the poop can get stuck. If your dog shows signs of discomfort, like straining to poop, a loose stool, or diarrhea, call your veterinarian for help. If your dog is up to date on all of his shots and healthy, you can try to prevent fecal impaction by changing your dog's diet.

Why does my dog's breath smell?

Have you ever wondered why your dog's breath smells? Sometimes it can be difficult to determine why a dog's breath smells when it's only your own dog. "Just like humans, dogs have different types of breath," says Rachel McFarland, professional dog walker. Some dogs, for example, have very sharp-tasting breath, while others may have the opposite problem, which is termed a "sweet" breath. "This kind of breath is what you smell when your dog is licking himself, or licking you, and he's trying to find out why he smells so sweet." How can I know my dog has a sweet or sharp-tasting breath? McFarland says that's it's likely your dog has an abundance of saliva that mixes with food on his tongue.

Preventing bacterial growth on teeth

Dogs with bad breath or what is called halitosis usually have a lot of bad bacteria on their teeth. If you don’t keep your dog’s mouth clean, then the bacteria that collect on his teeth can make their way into the rest of his body. What to do: Use pet toothpaste daily Use baking soda paste Use dental chews daily Clean and brush your dog's teeth Regular checkups by your vet may be necessary if the problem is severe. Raising Your Dog's Blood Sugar Dogs with higher blood sugar tend to smell worse. In order to treat this issue, you will need to make your dog more aware of his environment. You can accomplish this by taking your dog on walks.


If your pet has an odor problem, start by getting a whiff of him or her. See if there's any offensive smell in the house. If it seems like something smells bad in the room where he sleeps, it could be coming from your dog. If there is a smell, don’t panic and blame it on another member of your family. Take a good look at him and decide whether you're more likely to mistake it for a food odor or something else. Determine whether the smell is coming from inside or outside. If he's a little smelly, there's a good chance the odor isn't coming from his skin, since this type of odor is always present. It could be coming from somewhere else in his body. If you can't figure out where the smell is coming from, check his fur and paws.


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