PetMeds® Common Causes of a Smelly Pet

Oral or dental diseases, and skin infections can be common causes of a smelly pet Another common presenting complaint of animal guardians is why does their pet smell so much?  The first thing for an animal guardian to do is to have a proper veterinary exam to locate the cause of the odor.  A thorough exam of the oral cavity for dental disease, as well as evaluation of the ears for inflammation of discharge, as well as skin and anal sacs will often reveal the cause of the odor.

With itchy dogs and secondary hair loss, skin eruptions and crusting, there is often accompanying fungal/yeast infections and/or bacterial overgrowth on the skin. While oral prescription pet medication is often needed in these cases, there are certain shampoo products that can be helpful in managing their smelly pets. Keto Chlor Shampoo, as well as Chlorhexiderm shampoo, in addition to Be Super Clean Shampoo can often help.  Many pets can be bathed 2 to 3 times weekly if their skin is acutely inflamed of smelly. If symptoms persist, a full veterinary evaluation is often needed to look for underlying causes such as inhalant/contact allergies, food or flea allergies,  and for specific diagnosis as to cause of the odor  and treatment.

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  1. Well, if you want to get rid of the smell, you are going to have to get rid of the dog itself, I guess…

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    That would only be if cant treat underlying cause of bad odor. Great product from oxyfresh also may help with doggie odors. Check it out on line

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