Is Your Dog the Culprit?
Treating pet odors can be difficult at times. Often, you’ll spend time and money cleaning carpets and upholstery without treating the source: your doggo. We’re going to walk through 5 different ways your dog could be the culprit and what to do about it!
1. Dental Disease
Does your dog have surprisingly bad breath? Often, halitosis (bad breath) is caused by mouth ulcers. These painful things can also cause your pooch to drool more and spread that scent around the house. Be on the lookout for swollen gums, scars on the tongue, appetite loss, thick saliva, and inflammation in the mouth.
So what can you do? First, consult with your vet about how to treat these conditions. They’ll be able to give you a better treatment recommendation based on your dog and the severity of his symptoms.
Did you know that allergies account for 25% of all veterinarian visits? So yes, dogs can indeed have allergic reactions to things. In fact, allergies can cause your pet to produce irregular amounts of apocrine sweat. As a result, they become more susceptible to both years infections and bacterial skin infections.
So what can you do? Omega 3 fatty acids have been found to reduce irritation over time. You should also consider using a medicated shampoo and conditioner when bathing your pet. Be sure to keep your carpets cleaned of allergens and your home healthy.
3. Trapped Dirt
Dogs with longer hair can often get dirt trapped in their furry coats, especially if they’re poorly groomed and spend a lot of time outdoors. If your pup has fur that is 4 inches or more, then he could be the culprit.
So what do you do? Brush your dog’s fur thoroughly before giving them a bath. Long haired dogs should be brushed every other day.
Passing gas is a natural occurrence, but if you begin to notice frequent flatulence then it could be time for a dietary adjustment to avoid gastrointestinal disease.
So what can you do? Adjust your dog’s diet to include a premium, highly digestible dog food. many cheaper brands use corn and soy as fillers, adding to the potential gas problem. You should also increase the amount of exercise your pup gets each day. Regular walks can help to stimulate the intestines and help him digest better.
5. Ear Disease
Last but certainly not least is ear disease. This condition is known as ‘otitis externa’ and occurs when either pus or ear wax accumulate on the outer ear canal. This is often the result of allergies, ear mites, yeast/bacterial infections, or excess moisture.
Common symptoms include: foul odor around the ears, excess of scratching/rubbing of ear and head, discharge from ears, redness/swelling, depression, and irritability.
So what can you do? Clean the ear with a gentle cleanser. Allow the ear to dry and then apply medication prescribed by your local veterinarian.