Does your dog smell? There may be a variety reasons, so before you dump them in the bath, consider the following:
Sometimes your dog gets stinky because she loves to roll in stinky things. Regular brushing, grooming and bathing will help clean your dog up.
Sprayed by a skunk? Try tomato juice. If the worst occurs, bring your pooch into the bath and dump on the juice.
Some dog breeds have an oily hair coat that can become rancid and cause a bad odor. Basset hounds and spaniels both have this characteristic. If this type of dog breed is not groomed and cared for regularly, it can develop into a skin condition, so look out.
Bacterial skin diseases are a common problem with some breeds and can cause odor. You need an anti-bacterial dog shampoo to keep bacteria off sensitive skin. You should also consult with a vet if you feel there is a bacterial cause.
Ear infections can cause odor, especially in dogs with drop ears. Look for redness, irritation and itching. Frequent grooming and cleaning can help with issues like this.
Anal glands can also cause pet odors. Anal glands should be expressed by your veterinarian, but some qualified dog groomers can do this as well.
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|Sheri Ann Richerson|