Why Does My Dog Smell Bad?

We cherish our furry companions, but it's no secret that an unpleasant odor can deter us from snuggling up with them. The great news is that understanding the reasons behind dog odors allows us to take proactive steps in preventing any malodors.

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  • The Best Skin & Coat Routine for Smelly Dogs >
  • Common Reasons Why Dogs Can Smell Bad >

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Skin & Coat Routine for Smelly Dogs:

Once you have determined the cause of your dog's malodour, a consistent skin routine is important. 

Weekly Routine: Step 1

A weekly, thorough cleanse plays a crucial role in minimizing the accumulation of yeast, bacteria, and contact allergens. With potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Manuka Honey is a key ingredient. Additionally, the Omega Oils in the shampoo not only enhance how well it spreads but also nourishes the natural oils of the coat.

Weekly Routine: Step 2

Incorporating an additional step, such as using a conditioner in your cleansing routine, not only aids in effectively tackling stubborn debris, bacteria, or yeast buildup but also imparts a delightful, subtle fragrance. This leaves your dog's skin and coat feeling revitalized, striking a balance between a pleasant, neutral scent and overwhelming fragrance. 

No Wash Needed Routine:

For days when your dog needs a quick refresh without the time for a full bath, or simply when you both deserve a little extra love, this no-wash combo is the ideal choice. The spritz instantly deodorizes the skin and coat, neutralizing any unwanted odors while promoting a healthier skin microbiome. Finish with the bergamot and cedarwood dry oil for added fragrance, shine, and protection. You'll both be reaching for it in no time.

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"Best deodoriser ever and that's coming from a Vet!"

"I love using the spritz after anything stinky, like anal gland expressions. We have tried multiple different sprays over the years, but the Fur Love Kombucha Spritz has been the favourite. It neutralises the odours while still being gentle on noses and skin - we would not use anything else."

Common Reasons Why Dogs Can Smell Bad

To address a bad odor in your dog, it's essential to identify the underlying cause. A veterinarian can diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate treatment.

  • Poor Hygiene:
    Dogs require regular grooming, including baths, brushingand cleaning their ears and teeth. Neglecting these routines can lead to a build of dirt, oils, bacteria, yeast resulting in bad odour. Low quality grooming products also can play a part in bad odour.
  • Skin Issues:
    Skin conditions such as allergies, bacterial or fungal infections and hot spots can cause a bad smell. They can lead to inflammation, itching and bad smelling discharge.
  • Ear Infections:
    Ear infections can produce a pungent, unpleasant odour due to the accumulation of wax, debris and bacteria in the ear canal. Certain dogs are predisposed to ear infections, often depending on the structure of their ears. Dogs with floppy or pendulous ears, in particular, are at a higher risk of developing ear infections.
  • Dental Hygiene:
    Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental issues like periodontal disease, tooth decay, and gum infections. These problems can cause bad breath in dogs.  
  • Anal Gland Issues:
    Dogs have anal glands that can become impacted or infected. When this happens, dogs may emit a particularly foul odor from their anal area. 
  • Diet:
    The food your dog consumes can affect their body odor. Low-quality or inappropriate diets can lead to flatulence and bad breath. Some dogs may also have food allergies that can contribute to skin and coat problems.
  • Infections or Illnesses:
    Certain systemic infections or illnesses can produce an overall bad odor. These conditions may affect the dog's breath, skin, or body odor.
  • Rolling in unpleasant substances:
     Dogs have a natural instinct to roll in foul-smelling substances they encounter, such as animal feces or decaying matter. This behavior can transfer the odor to their coat.
  • Incontinence or Urinary Tract Issues:
    If a dog is suffering from urinary incontinence or urinary tract infections, they may have urine odors on their fur or skin.

FUR LOVE TIPS:

1. Start a weekly washing routine that includes using a cleanser and conditioner that has quality ingredients and appropriate pH levels for dogs. Ensure you give their teeth and ears a clean also. 

2. Routinely wash their bedding & blankets.

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