You gave your dog a bath two hours ago, and you still smell something that’s not pleasant. What’s up with that? Aside from nicknaming your pet “Stinky,” what’s an owner to do?

An off odor could be an indication of an underlying physical problem. Here are possible root causes of your pet’s recurring reeking aromas:

1. 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.
2. 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!
3. Skin: 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.
4. Anal Glands: Most dogs routinely express their own anal glands, but a fishy odor may mean that glands are blocked. Other symptoms to look for in your dog are: scooting his rear across the floor or ground or 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.)

If the not-so-pleasing perfume wafting upward from your pet doesn’t seem to fit into any of the above categories, give us a call and set up an appointment. We’ll help make sure your little stinker passes the smell test!