Why does my dog or cat smell? It might be time to get to the source of the odour if you find yourself crinkling your nose as soon as your furry friend walks into the room.
While we sometimes put our pets' smell down to having rolled in something they shouldn't have, it's not always the case. Instead, it could be any one of the following problems.
Skin conditions: If you own a pet with skin folds, then it is recommended you clean them often with specialised cleanser, or sensitive baby wipes. Often they can be prone to dermatitis, resulting in foul-smelling skin. Yeast infections can also cause an unfavourable odour to your pet, which can be managed quite easily with medicated washes, topical treatment or in some cases oral anti-fungals.
Ear infections: Those dogs that are allergy-prone or have long floppy ears, may get ear infections. These typically come with a pungent smell which can be similar to yeast and sometimes you may see a large amount of waxy build-up in the canals. See your vet to assess for allergies or common ear infections.
Tooth and gum disease: Oral health issues or periodontal disease is usually accompanied by excess saliva production. This saliva can create a nasty odour. Visit your vet immediately to have a full dental check and assess if there is serious gum disease or a rotten tooth.
Gas: If your pet has a sensitive stomach or eats something they shouldn't they may develop flatulence. Avoid table scraps or foreign foods and instead offer a high quality, low residue approved canine or feline diet.
Anal sac issues: Dogs (and cats) have two anal sacs near their anus which give off a rather oily and offensive fishy smell. If these become infected or impacted, it can make your pet uncomfortable and messy. You may see an oily secretion on their fur which can be difficult to clean. An anal gland expression or flush may be beneficial, as recommended by your local vet.