Why Do Dogs Smell?by Ben Team
Snuggling with your dog is more fun when he smells good.
Although beloved by your family, your pet dog may cause odors strong enough to peel the paint in your kitchen and challenge the strongest air fresheners. Sometimes, such problems indicate a health problem that necessitates veterinary attention. However, by keeping your dog away from smelling substances and bathing him regularly, you can often solve the problem.
His Natural Smell
Even healthy, well-groomed dogs have a natural odor, caused by a combination of secretions from their skin glands as well as shed fur, skin cells and dirt. Many pet owners recognize this smell, but do not consider it objectionable. However, wet dogs produce a very strong odor, and even confirmed dog lovers often find this smell overpowering. Wet dogs smell very strongly because the evaporating water helps to distribute the odor molecules into the air. Avoid this problem by washing your dog in a closed room, and drying him promptly after his bath.
Though they are man’s best friend, dogs engage in some truly disgusting habits. Some dogs may be fond of rolling around on dead carcasses or trash, whereas others may prefer rolling in feces. Even worse, some dogs will eat feces from other animals. The best way to remedy such problems is by regularly policing their outdoor space, and removing such foul-smelling items before your dog can find them. Providing your dog with ample toys and distractions may help alleviate his desire to engage in some of these behaviors.
A variety of health problems can cause your pup to exude a foul odor. Skin infections and the overgrowth of yeasts are frequently to blame for objectionable dog odors. Dogs possess two anal glands under their tail, and these can become infected or clogged, which may cause your pup to smell bad as well. Many dogs also exhibit bad breath, which may be the result of an oral infection, plaque or decay. While a moderate amount of gas is the natural product of your dog’s digestive system, excessive gas may indicate a dietary or health problem. Always consult an experienced vet regarding the health and treatment of your pet.
Regular Bathing and Grooming
Over time, your dog’s fur collects dirt, saliva, tiny droplets of urine and other foul-smelling substances. These materials can cause your dog to smell terrible, but the solution is simple. Proper grooming and bathing can limit such odors, and keep your pet healthier at the same time. Be careful not to bathe your dog excessively, as this can harm the pH level of his skin, which may lead to skin problems.
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