If you own a dog, you've probably noticed that sometimes he's a pretty smelly dog. Good news: this is completely normal and you can do things to help eliminate dog odor. Most dogs smell bad on occasion-especially if they spend lots of time outdoors. Usually a smelly dog just indicates that he needs a bath. However, if your dog's odor has become worse over time, it could be a sign of a health condition.
Constant odor could be due to a number of conditions, including:
• Skin infection or allergy
Dogs that are scratching frequently can damage and irritate their skin, which can lead to a bacteria or yeast infection. This often results in a foul odor.
• Eye tearing
Dogs that get drainage from their eyes can end up with bacteria growth on the fur under their eyes. Tearing around the eyes can be a sign of conjuctivitis, which requires veterinary care.
• Dental problems
Odor is commonly causes by bad breath in dogs. Just like in humans, bacteria, plaque, and tarter builds up on their teeth if they aren't cleaned.
• Kidney problems
Often times, kidney problems cause bad breath because of toxin build-up in the body. This will cause a strong odor coming from the mouth.
• Ear infection
If you notice your dog's odor is coming from her ears, she could have an ear infection caused by bacteria or yeast.
If your dog constantly smells, you may want to bring him to the veterinarian to correct any underlying health problems that could be causing it. Here are some tips to follow to help eliminate dog odor:
• Bathe the pooch
Washing your dog about once a week with a mild dog shampoo should do the trick. Don't bathe him too often because it could dry out his skin. If your dog has a skin yeast infection, you may want to consider using a medicated shampoo.
• Brush those teeth!
To get rid of bad breath, brush your dog's teeth daily. Your veterinarian can help you determine the type of toothbrush and toothpaste to use.
• Clean tearing eyes daily
This will prevent bacteria from growing underneath the eye, and suppress any bad odors from developing.
• Keep the ears clean
Use a cotton ball and solution to clean your dog's ears, and never allow water to get into the ears when bathing him.
By following these tips and bringing your pet to the veterinarian if necessary, you should be able to control or eliminate dog odor.
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