Dealing With a Stinky Dog

Dog owners who live near a forest, beside a river, or on a farm will be quick to tell you that there is something about stinky, decaying items that appeals to dogs. It doesn’t seem to matter if it is black swamp water, dead fish, or a pile of slimy manure, if it stinks and can be rolled in, the dog is happy. While smelling like a walking, barking sewer system is a dog’s idea of heaven on earth, it’s owners are normally less than enthusiastic. The odour emitting from their pet means that they have to take time out of their busy day to either take their pet to the groomer and have it bathed, or they have to bath their dog themselves. Even then, there is no way that they can be sure that the offensive odour will wash out of the dog’s coat.

Dog experts believe that dogs roll in things like dead fish, road kill, and manure in an attempt to disguise themselves. What nobody knows is why they feel the need to camouflage their scent. It could be a throwback to the days when they hunted their dinner — if the prey couldn’t smell them, they stood a better chance of capturing something to eat. Another reason dogs might feel the need to hide their scent is for protection. They might be trying to hide from potential predators or other potentially hostile packs of dogs. Maybe stinking like a landfill made it easier to be accepted into another pack. On the other hand, it’s possible that dogs roll in the stinkiest object they can find just because it feels good. Nobody really knows for sure why dogs feel the need to smell like a dumpster.

The quickest, most efficient way to remove odour from your dog’s coat is to give him a good bath. Try to use a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs. Human shampoos can strip the dogs coat of its natural oils, leaving the skin unprotected and more prone to rashes and infections. Dog shampoos are made to clean the dog’s coat, without stripping it of the natural oils. If the dogs stink is especially strong, like the scent of a skunk, bathing the dog in tomato juice is one of the quickest ways to remove the smell.

If you have dog that consistently rolls in stinky, smelly items, you may want to consider taking him to a professional pet groomer and having his coat clipped. The shorter coat will be more comfortable for the dog during the hot summer months and while the shorter hair won;t prevent your dog from rolling in the smelly items, the shorter coat will be easier for you to wash, and will dry faster.

If you have bathed your dog and still notice a strong odour whenever it is in your presence the source of the smell might not be the dog’s coat but a more serious health problem. Dental issues can create especially foul breath. Strong breath odour can also indicate more serious diseases such as kidney failure and diabetes. Dogs are also prone to having anal sacs that become impacted and infected, and therefore extremely malodorous. If washing your dog does not seem to take care of the odour, you will want to take your dog to your veterinarian and have the problem officially diagnosed so that treatments can begin.

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