Home Remedies For A Smelly Dog

Has your dog been abnormally stinky lately? Not sure what to do about it? Keep reading to learn how to make a smelly dog smell great!

What To Do About A Smelly Dog


There are a number of reasons why your dog might be smelly.  Dogs smell different from humans but usually a doggy smell is not unpleasant. If your dog is smelling bad lately, there is usually a reason for it and you need to find out what is causing these odors.

By recognizing what those reasons are, and addressing those issues properly,  you'll be able to get yourself a better smelling dog.

1. Bathe Your Dog Regularly And Properly

Not only can not bathing your dog enough cause him to smell, but not bathing him properly can cause odors as well. To prevent this, bathe your dog at least once a month. More if your dog likes to roll in the dirt or gets dirty frequently.

You should also conduct a grooming routine daily. This might include brushing your dog each day to remove old hairs and dander that can cause bad smells. Also, be sure to bathe your dog properly to avoid unnecessary odors. Try reading The Best Way To Wash A Dog to learn how to properly bathe your dog.


2. Fix Bad Breath

If your dog's breath smells bad, it could be a sign of tooth decay that can cause bad breath and odorous saliva. If your dog drools frequently, the smell can rub off on your floors or furniture, and the smell might linger in your home. The best way to avoid having stinky drool all over the house is by conducting a regular oral hygiene routine for your dog. For best results, you should brush your dogs teeth once a day or twice a week. Dog breath treats will also help to control your furry companions bad breath.

If a good oral hygiene routine doesn't yield any results, take your dog to the vet to make sure that the breath problem isn't caused by more serious health problems.

3. Feed Your Dog A Better Diet

Bert Bath: Image by Cvconnell, FlickrBert Bath: Image by Cvconnell, FlickrIf your dog isn't healthy, he won't smell healthy. The right diet will do wonders to improve your dog health and smell.

For a healthier diet, try feeding him a raw diet, homemade natural dog food, or a good organic grain-free dog food like Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch Grain-Free Dry Dog Food or one of our picks for the best dry dog foods for your dog.

I'm also a big believer in supplements for pets. They can be incredibly helpful in helping your pets stay healthy and smell healthy.  Take a careful look at your dogs skin and coat.  Is he getting enough essential fatty acids?  You may want to add a good fish oil supplement like this one that I use or these other well rated fish oil supplements to his diet.  

If your dog passes gas or farts a lot, that is not normal.  If the gases are excessive, you may not be feeding him the proper diet or he may have parasites. In either situation, you probably need to go get your dog checked out.  I would try changing your dog's  diet to one of our recommended dog foods first and if he is not better after a few weeks, take him to the vet. Of course, if he seems to have other digestive issues along with the gas, definitely take him immediately to the doctor. 

4. Check For Health Problems

If a more healthy regimen that includes nutritious foods,  helpful supplements, regular baths and routine oral hygiene does not reduce the stinkiness of your dog, there may be a more serious problem that needs to be fixed.

Your dog's bad smell could be due to a wide variety of health problem.

Some potential causes might include full infected anal glands, a skin infection, a yeast infection, a bacterial infection, or an allergy. So for example, if your dog's bad smell seems to originate from his ears, an ear infection is probably the cause. If an odor seems to be coming from a particular part of the dog's body or you suspect there may be a health reason for the smells coming from your dog, you should take your dog to the vet as soon as possible to get him checked out.  The sooner you get him to the vet, the more quickly you can figure out  what is wrong and work on fixing the problem. Many causes that make your dog smell bad are easily fixed by the care of a good vet.

So go and smell your dog carefully and if the odors seem to remain even after you have diligently tried taking better care of your dog, take your dog to the doctor.

Your dog may not be able to tell you that something is wrong but your nose certainly can.  So if your dog smells stinky, don't ignore it, go and fix it.!


Originally published September 2012 and last updated October 2015.

Sources: Mercola

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