dog smell
It’s October, time for the wonderful scents of pumpkin spice and burning leaves. But at your house, you’ve started to smell something more in line with the horrors of Halloween! We know. You’re afraid to ask. But seriously – what is that smell? It’s the start of a good scary mystery.

As you sniff around for clues, here are some places to check…

We’re All Ears: The most easily recognizable symptom for a yeast infection in your dog’s ears is a foul scent. In many cases, the ears are not itchy, just smelly.

Down in the Mouth: Dental disease stinks – literally. Although doggie breath is usually very noticeable, the source of that funky fragrance is difficult to detect in cases where the pets don’t pant. If your pet hasn’t had a dental evaluation lately, that bad breath may hint that it’s time!

Here’s the Skin-ny: Yeast infections on your pet’s skin are also indicated by a distinctly pungent smell. Typical locations for yeast infections are around nail beds, between toes and skin folds. Look for fur or nail beds that are discolored a red brown. Bacterial infections usually create some sort of rash on the skin.

The Butt of the Joke: Most dogs routinely express their own anal glands, but a fishy odor may mean that glands are blocked. Other symptoms of clogged anal glands include scooting his rear across the floor or ground, perpetually licking or biting her rear end, or loose stools. When you suspect intervention is needed, call us to schedule having your pet’s anal glands expressed. (Read more about anal glands here.)

When you find the likely suspect – or when you need a Watson to your Sherlock-ing – give us a call. We’ll help you find a solution to the mystery of the foul smell.