Dr. Becker Discusses Why Dogs Stink (2023)


Dr. Karen Becker discusses the different reasons why your dog may be smelly. There are several underlying reasons why your dog smells and it is important to identify what is causing the issue.

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Hi this is dr.

Karen Becker and today we're going to discuss some of the more common reasons why dogs stink some people think that their pets should smell like a freshly showered, baby or vanilla and, of course, they're not supposed to smell like that, but they're also not supposed to stink.

Either your dog should have his very unique own canine odor.

You should be able to bury your nose in your dog's fur and, of course, identify your dog as his own individual dog eNOS, but not an offensive odor or a wildly stinky odor.

If you find out that you bury your nose in your likes fur and you come to hate that smell something's wrong.

A dog who is healthy, properly, fed and regularly brushed and bathed at nests as necessary for your dog should smell, unique, but not offensive.

So if you can identify a stink in your dog, there's probably a reason why and you want to identify it, so you can treat it reason number one why dog stink is yeast infections.

Yeast overgrowth is a very common cause of smelly dogs.

Yeast has a very distinct musty, pungent odor.

That is often compared to moldy bread or cheese platform.

In fact, some people actually refer to the yeast infection on their dog's.

Feet is frito feet because they kind of smell like freedom, corn, chips, stinky pause or a musty-smelling dog, sometimes coming from the ears, are usually a sign of yeast overgrowth, so is scratching itchy ears or a red itchy butt as well.

All of these issues can be a result of yeast reason.

Number two are anal gland problems now inflamed infected or impacted anal glands will also cause your dog to have an unpleasant odor your pets, anal glands, sit just inside the rectum one anal gland sits at about four o'clock and the other one sits at about 8 o'clock and these two glands secrete, a very smelly oily substance thought to be a territorial marker, that's excreted when dogs defecate or, if there's a buildup of this substance in the anal glands, especially if your dog spends any amount of time licking or digging around by his butt or your dog's scooting, or pushing his butt on the floor.

You'll oftentimes notice this unbelievable astounding odor that can be secreted from the inner glands that many people actually compare to rotting fish.

It's really bad reason, number three is gas or farting or flatulence, and of course, if you've ever been in a car trapped in a car with the windows up with a gassy dog, you know exactly what I'm talking about some gas is all mammals secrete, some gas, but gas from the healthy pets is not terribly stinky.

It's just ingested air, that's coming out the other end.

So if your dog has gas, that is enough to clear the room, something is wrong.

There are several reasons: dogs create excessive amounts of gas, including poor diets or a food allergy, lack of digestive enzymes, a bad microbiome or intestinal parasite.

Your dog, smelly gas is more or less consistent, it's time to make an appointment with your functional medicine veterinarian, especially if you have other GI symptoms like abdominal distension, intermittent loose, stools, hitching or occasional vomiting.

Your present, you would definitely make an appointment with your vet reason.

Number four is a stinky face, including ears and eyes.

If your dog has an unpleasant odor and but you can't really seem to locate exactly the source of it, we've smelled feet, you know, you've checked them out, definitely check the face.

As I mentioned earlier, a yeast overgrowth can can cause kind of this generalized fungus stink around your dog and ear infections, either with yeast, which is a fungus or bacteria, can create a musty odor directly in the ear an ear infection with ear discharged might be.

The source of this smell that you are identifying ear infections are one of the most common reasons.

Dogs visit, the vet and ear mites can actually also secrete a waxy debris that has a very funky weird unique odor.

So when you lift up your dog's ear flap, you should be able to see nothing down the ear canal.

They shouldn't be read, there shouldn't be any discharge if your dog's ears are perfect, but you can definitely tell that something in that area is stinky check out the areas around the eyes, so facial fault, including the moist areas under your pets eyes, can also hold East or other types of bacteria that can create a smell veterinarians.

Call this a moist pyoderma or a localized skin infection, often times occurring either in the lip folds or under the eyes, and if you notice this, you can confirm this with a swab test that I call the stink test where you take Kleenex, you swab that area and you can kind of identify it with the smell that there's something definitely present.

If you can't identify the exact location of this smell, but you can kind of identify it generally to the head and move along to my fifth reason for stink, which is the mouth.

Your dog's breath will obviously never smell humans after we brushed and flossed, but it's also shouldn't be overwhelmingly stinky.

If your pets mouth is really gross, I mean you're just overwhelmed from the smell, then something is definitely wrong.

There shouldn't be much mouth odor unless your pet is just eaten, in which case you might smell the remains of his last meal on his breath, but chronic bad breath in pets has the same causes as halitosis in humans, which is most often poor oral hygiene, but also sometimes there could be other issues going on like a rotten tooth or actually a GI issue.

So as animals breathe out you're, smelling, malabsorption, mal digestion or a microbial problem.

That could also be reflective as bad breath, which leads me to the next point on my list, which is an unhealthy gut from a poor diet.

What you feed your dog affects the body both inside and out, and so a dog fit a biologically appropriate diet.

One that contains ingredients that she is able to absorb and use healthfully won't create any obnoxious gases.

If you have a dog that is consuming foods that are not biologically available, you could end up having a generalized funk occur, and this can be a result of a four skin condition or a coke problem that really is rooted in a bad diet.

Many of these pets are omega-3 fatty acid deficient and really that's just the tip of the iceberg.

A lifetime of highly processed inappropriate foods can lead to many illnesses which create certain odors of pets, including a change in systemic pH or acid-base balance.

There also can be impaired, detoxification mechanisms which can lead to organ dysfunction, as well as things like diabetes and cancer, which actually can change your pets overall smell.

Interestingly, other pets in the house, oftentimes recognize that there's a change in this animals, the sick animals smell so pay attention to how the other pets in your home are checking out your stinky pet, because they're oftentimes good indicators that there could be a potential problem weeks to months before pets actually exhibit symptoms that they don't feel.

The last reason that dogs are stinky is just the reality of living with an animal.

Some dogs deliberately make themselves stinky.

Some dogs will roll another animals poop.

If they get the opportunity, some dogs will eat other animals, poop that's create overwhelmingly stinky breath or some dogs have actually roll in dead things.

They'll just find things about that.

They want to market dump their bodies, but they can also pick up dead, decomposing animals and either eat them or carry them around in their mouths or present them to you.

So there's all sorts of reasons why dogs can be stinky from their environment, so there you have it the top reasons that make dog stinky each one of these issues requires an in-depth look at the underlying reasons why they're occurring if I covered all the whys in this video, it would be like a six-hour video.

So my goal in making this video was to give you instant as to why your dog may be stinky.

If you have a stinky dog and you've identified, which one of these issues is occurring, that's making your dog stink I encourage you to take a deeper dive in researching the underlying reason why your dogs have these symptoms.

The cool thing about symptoms is it's like a low oil light in your car they're, a warning beacon that something isn't right and they give you the pet parent of usually a good chunk of time, to figure out what the problem is and to fix it.

So I urge you not to ignore your dog stink as there's probably an underlying reason for it.

If you don't know what to do next- and you don't want to research yourself, I recommend that you partner with a wellness, coach or a functional medicine veterinarian to explore your treatment options.

Most importantly, continue seeking out a variety of treatment options until your dog doesn't smell any mark.

It's an important factor in determining your pet's health and quality of life and resolving any underlying issues of chronic odor is a really important thing.

If you're looking for more information on a specific topic that I've covered in this video, please check out my video library where I've covered each one of these topics in much greater detail.


Dr. Becker Discusses Why Dogs Stink? ›

Food allergies can cause skin infections, called atopy, as well. The skin gets inflamed and secretes a foul-smelling oil when a dog eats something they're allergic to. Disorders of the GI tract, such as infections and diseases, can cause excess gas production in dogs.

Why does my dog have a bad odor all the time? ›

Food allergies can cause skin infections, called atopy, as well. The skin gets inflamed and secretes a foul-smelling oil when a dog eats something they're allergic to. Disorders of the GI tract, such as infections and diseases, can cause excess gas production in dogs.

How to get rid of dogs odor? ›

5 Dog Hygiene Tips
  1. Bathe your dog regularly. ...
  2. Brush your dog, 2-5 times a week. ...
  3. Pat your dog's fur with baking soda or corn starch for a quick dry bath. ...
  4. Feed your dog high-quality dog food, healthy insides equal a better smelling dog. ...
  5. Wash your dog's bedding regularly.
Jun 28, 2019

Why does my dog smell like dirty feet even after a bath? ›

A low-quality diet filled with worse-quality dog food can be the main reason why your dog still smells after a bath. Bad dog food can do some damage to your dog's digestive system, which results in foul odor due to imbalanced gut bacteria.

What smell do dogs hate the most? ›

Products with chlorine, bleach, ammonia or other citrus scents as ingredients will cause your dog to leave the room when you begin cleaning. The smells are intense and overwhelming to your dog. Please don't use cleaning products to keep your dog out of areas of the house.

What is the most powerful odor eliminator? ›

The 17 best odor eliminators for every gross smell, from cat pee...
  • Ozium Air Sanitizer Spray. ...
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray. ...
  • DampRid Moisture Absorber With Activated Charcoal. ...
  • DampRid Fresh Scent Hanging Moisture Absorber, 3-Pack. ...
  • Harris Cleaning Vinegar. ...
  • Zero Odor Laundry Odor Eliminator.
Feb 3, 2023

What dog food helps dogs smell better? ›

A Raw Diet May Help Your Stinky Pet

Hershman. “For those who can't feed a home-prepared diet, upgrading to a better quality meat-based, low-grain, soy-free pet food can help.” “I've been feeding my dogs a raw diet for many years now,” says trainer Nancy Strouss at People Training for Dogs in Nyack, New York.

What natural remedies for stinky dogs? ›

Home Remedies for Smelly Dog Issues

One of the popular home remedies for a smelly dog is baking soda. You can sprinkle it around your dog's crate and on his bed to soak up that smell and eliminate dog odor throughout the house. You can also use a 1:1 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.

How often should you bathe a dog? ›

According to BeChewy, medium and long coat dogs should bathe every four to six weeks, and owners of dogs with short coats should bathe their pets somewhere between every month and every three months.

What's the best dog shampoo for smelly dogs? ›

25 Best Dog Shampoos for Odor
  1. Pupper Coat. ...
  2. Penguin CBD. ...
  3. Buddy Wash Rosemary and Mint Shampoo. ...
  4. Earthbath 2-in-1 Mango Tango Conditioning Shampoo. ...
  5. TropiClean Aloe & Coconut Deodorizing Shampoo. ...
  6. Wahl Odor Control Shampoo. ...
  7. ProSense Odor Solutions Shampoo. ...
  8. Dog Whisperer Ultimate Odor-Buster.
Oct 28, 2022

Can I put baking soda on my dog? ›

Baking soda is often used around the home for a fresh, clean scent. Using it on your dog is just as easy. Be sure to cover your dog's fur, not just sprinkle a small amount, for deodorizing and neutralizing odors. Brushing your dog before a wet or dry bath will help the baking soda work more effectively.

Why does my dog smell worse after washing him? ›

When we bathe (humans and dogs alike), we strip natural oils from our skins. Those constant baths you're giving your dog are removing natural oils from their skin and coat, which signals their glands to secrete even more oils, and those oils are magnets for dirt, grime, and odor-inducing bacteria.

What smell do dogs love? ›

The methodology of observing the dogs freely exploring the experimental area allowed us to determine the smells that were the most attractive to them (food, beaver clothing). Our study shows that dogs interacted more frequently with the scents of blueberries, blackberries, mint, rose, lavender, and linalol.

What smell will dogs not go near? ›

For dogs, citrus scents are the enemy. Citrus scents like lemon, lime, oranges, and grapefruit–especially in high concentrations often found in household cleaners or essential oils–can cause irritation to your pup's respiratory tract, so keep any fresh citrus fruits out of your dog's reach. You know–just in case.

What taste do dogs absolutely hate? ›

At the top of the list? Citrus. Most dogs can't stand the taste and smell of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Here's why — plus, how to use their dislike of citrus to your advantage.

How do you make homemade dog odor eliminator? ›

Fill an empty spray bottle with 2 cups of distilled water. Add 2 tablespoons of glycerin and 1 tablespoon of fractioned coconut oil. Add 15 drops of lavender and 15 drops of orange essential oil to the spray bottle. Shake well to combine the ingredients.

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