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How to get rid of that Doggie Smell?

muddy dachshundDogs are awesome life companions. At home, they serve as best friends, playmates and guardians. Dogs can be fierce when it comes to protecting their owners and their home. In contrast, they can also be gentle and fun-loving creatures that shower unconditional love and loyalty to their masters. For several years now, dogs have been recognized as invaluable companions for sick humans as well as guides for people with handicaps. Some dogs are even trained to help police in finding scents.

Even with the obvious perks of having a dog, there are also a few disadvantages including dog odor. There are several reasons why a dog would smell. First of all, dogs have a natural signature smell as all creatures do. Some breeds have naturally stronger smells compared to others. Secondly, a dog may smell bad because of his environment. Dogs are fun-loving creatures that like to roll around in dirt or mud. When they do, odor and microorganisms may then stick to the dog’s coat. Fortunately, bad odor may be minimized or eliminated easily with regular dog grooming,



There are several ways of dog grooming including regular bathing and grooming. Products that contain dog perfume mask the dog’s odor. This is a quickfix solution for potentially embarrassing situations, such as surprise visitors coming over to the house when the family dog is at its worst smell. Nevertheless, there are anti-bacterial products that act upon the root cause—bacteria. Bacteria are the main culprits for that unwanted dog smell. To avoid bacterial growth, dog owners should remember to dry their pets thoroughly after baths or when they have rolled around wet places. As most dog owners know, wet fur is a petri dish for bacteria and a source of bad odor. Dirt, caked mud and feces may also stick to the paws and fur of the dog. Hence, these nooks and crannies should be thoroughly cleaned as often as possible.

 

Aside from getting bad odor from their environment, dog smell may also come from the dog itself. Dog body regions that may smell bad include the ears, mouth and anal part. Offensive odors coming from these parts may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. A dog that smells bad in the ears may have an active ear infection. A dog with halitosis or bad breath may have plaque, tartar, gingivitis or periodontitis. Furthermore, halitosis may also signal hidden internal diseases. Foul smell coming from the ears and mouth warrants the attention of a veterinarian. A foul smelling anus may mean anal gland problems. Veterinarians and some dog groomers do anal gland checks and are trained to exert safe pressure on the sides of the anal glands. Checking for offensive odors released by the dog’s body not only contributes to dog grooming, but also helps in the dog’s health and longevity.

 

Interestingly, the most important tool in getting rid of dog smell is the owner’s nose. A responsible dog owner should be watchful of unusual odors. The owner should then try to discover where the smell is coming from so that dog grooming or veterinary consult could follow.