Combating doggie odor

Combating doggie odor

While some odor is normal, a dog with a very bad odor may need medical attention.

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We all like snuggling with our canine companions. However, getting up close and personal may be downright revolting at times. While some odor is normal, a dog with a very bad odor may need medical attention. However, you must first identify the cause of the issue.

 The most common causes of doggy B.O.—and how to cure them

 Excessively oily skin—Some breeds, particularly those belonging to the hound family, are prone to having excessively oily skin. These oils may build up on the skin and eventually become rancid.

 A bath may help; ask your veterinarian for a shampoo recommendation. Just be careful not to wash too frequently, as this can cause oil glands to produce even more oil.

 Bacterial or yeast infections—Bacterial skin infections are characterized by red bumps and a foul odor. Excessive shedding, patchy hair loss, and scaling are also common in some dogs.

 A rash, an oily coat, and persistent scratching are all symptoms of a yeast infection. The skin can develop a scaly, elephant-like appearance and emit a pungent odo]ur. If you're not sure what kind of shampoo to use, talk to your veterinarian. In addition to medicated shampoos, other kinds of therapy are often required for certain illnesses.

 A roll in a foul substance—Some dogs can't seem to stay away from unpleasant substances like animal droppings. Bathe your dog and use doggy shampoo to help clean the air.

 Tips for fighting other sources of dog odor

 Keep the ears clean—Ear infections in floppy-eared dogs may have a strong odor and are quite frequent. Infections may be avoided by cleaning once a week. Request that your veterinarian demonstrate how to properly clean your dog's ears.

 Brush him more frequently—Regular brushing, particularly of the undercoat, can aid in the removal of smell-causing debris from the hair as well as the oils that may cause scent.

 Learn about your dog's anal glands, which are often the source of odour. To avoid smell issues, a veterinarian can instruct you how to inspect and sometimes empty the anal sacs.

If your dog's breath is particularly bad, see your veterinarian; this may be the consequence of periodontal disease or another medical problem. If your dog has an unusual odor, always contact your veterinarian. A simple therapy may be all that is required to help you breathe more easily