Don’t Tell Them, But My Pet Smells Weird. Is Something Wrong?

People are often embarrassed when their pet smells weird, but it is not uncommon and can be easily remedied in most cases.

Pet owners frequently complain about their animal’s bad breath. While dental bones and specialty treats are beneficial, owners should make an effort to clean their animal’s teeth and gums regularly. There are a variety of dog toothpastes and toothbrushes on the market. In addition to regular brushing, most vets recommend a professional cleaning twice a year.

A Good Bath is all a Smelly Pet May Need Retriever in tubMany times a simple bath will solve a dog’s odor problem. Impacted anal glands may need to be expressed during the grooming process, particularly in older dogs. However, it is possible to bathe your dog too frequently, which can actually lead to a smelly yeast infection. Yeast infections may be cured by an medicated shampoo, but a bad case can warrant a visit to the vet.

Pet owners often ignore mucus in the corners of their pets’ eyes, but regularly removing this mucus can prevent a painful eye infection and a special trip to the vet. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe the mucus off. If a pet cannot open its eyes fully, seek medical attention.

Like eyes, dogs’ ears are quite sensitive and ignoring basic hygiene can lead to painful infections. Use a cotton ball soaked in a solution that is recommended by your vet to keep your dog’s ears clean. Avoid getting water in the dog’s ears when bathing. This only creates a ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

Another common complaint among pet owners is dog flatulence. While this problem cannot be eliminated entirely, a change in diet can improve the situation. Your dog may have problems digesting certain foods. Because every animal is different, it’s wise to consult your vet.

There are several serious conditions that can cause dog odor. If none of these suggestions improve the stench a full blood panel may be ordered by your vet. However, it is important to keep calm and remember that all owners think their pet smells weird from time to time.