Why Does My Dog Stink?

It’s no secret that dogs don’t smell like roses, but they should never smell foul either. For pups who are regularly groomed and bathed, their natural scent can be pleasant to dog lovers. But when a dog smells particularly pungent, it could mean they’re in need of some extra care and attention. The more you know about the different odors your dog emits the better you’ll be able to take care of them. In this blog post, we’ll explain why some dogs stink—and what you can do about it if yours does.

A dog’s natural body odor is different from an unusual odor.

If you notice an unusual odor, it may be a sign of an underlying problem. For example, dogs can develop skin infections or parasites that cause them to smell bad.

A malodorous dog might also have a food allergy or contain something stuck in their teeth. If your dog smells like ammonia, this could mean that he has consumed something harmful (e.g., antifreeze). If your pet smells like feces, it may indicate that he has worms or another type of parasite living inside his body.

If your pet’s breath is particularly foul-smelling or if his gums are red and swollen around his teeth, this could mean he has cavities—or worse!

Dogs have a unique musky odor that comes from their glands and fur.

The first thing that you should understand is that dogs have a unique musky odor that comes from their glands and fur. Canines have glands under the armpits, in the groin and on their paws which produce an oil-like fluid. This fluid is used to mark territory or as a way to communicate with others of its species (this is why your dog loves to roll in smelly things like dead fish). It’s also used for cooling purposes by spreading it over their bodies but more about this later.

When these glands are active, they give off an unpleasant musky odor which can linger for days if not washed off regularly with water and shampoo

Some dogs may also smell like the food they eat.

Some dogs may also smell like the food they eat. This is due to a number of different factors, but most likely it’s because of the ingredients in the food or how it was manufactured.

There are several common ingredients that can make dogs smell more strongly than others:

  • Eggs – Egg whites are high in sulfur compounds, which can leave a strong odor on your dog’s breath and fur. If you notice an unpleasant scent that seems to be coming from your pet, try changing their diet to see if this makes a difference (but avoid giving them too many eggs at once).
  • Fish oil – Fish oil is often used as an ingredient in many commercial pet foods as well as treats and supplements for both dogs and cats alike. Like eggs, fish oil contains high levels of sulphur compounds which may cause unpleasant odors such as smelly breath or body odor (and even worse depending on what kind of fish they came from!). Try switching things up with some other types of treats so your pup doesn’t get overwhelmed by all those delicious aromas!

Dogs that are not groomed often or bathed as needed can emit a foul odor.

Dogs that are not groomed often or bathed as needed can emit a foul odor. Dogs should be bathed at least once every two months, but owners should take into account the size and breed of their dog as well as how much time they spend outside before making this decision. Brushing your dog’s fur will also help to eliminate some of the buildup of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that contribute to an unpleasant smell.

Some breeds require more frequent grooming than others: for example, most Schnauzer puppies require weekly grooming because they have a lot of hair growth during their first year.

Dogs who are sick sometimes emit an unpleasant odor.

Unpleasant odors can be caused by many different conditions, from poor dental hygiene to simple dehydration. An ill dog’s breath or gums may smell different than usual, and his skin might have an unusual odor. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, take him to the vet as soon as possible—he could have a serious medical condition that needs attention right away.

If taking your dog to the vet isn’t an option at this time, try asking someone else for help with their opinion on how best to handle the situation. Is there anything they would recommend doing? A good way to get started is by searching online using keywords such as “dog health” or “dog care tips.”

Allergies in dogs can cause a musty or stale smell.

  • Allergies in dogs can cause a musty or stale smell.
  • Allergies to food, dust and pollen are common causes of bad smells in dogs.
  • Treating allergies may require medication to reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
  • It’s important to keep your dog away from allergens that trigger his allergies so you can help him get better quicker!

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Use a gentle shampoo designed for sensitive skin when bathing your dog.
  • Brush him daily (or more often if needed). This helps remove dirt and debris that could be causing the odor problem, plus it helps distribute natural oils evenly throughout his coat—keeping him clean and looking good too!


You can always contact your vet if there’s something that doesn’t seem right with your dog. If a bad smell persists, the most likely cause is an infection or disease. If it’s not a serious issue, they’ll be able to recommend a solution that works for you and your pet. The vet will also know best when it comes to grooming options, so if you’re unsure of how often to bathe your dog, this is another question they can help answer!