From time to time, your dog might have a strong odor to them that may not be very pleasant. Most of these odors have a simple solution, but some might be a sign of an underlying problem. So, let’s take a look at five reasons why your dog might smell! 

Dental Problems

The number one cause of bad breath in dogs is the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Smaller dogs are very prone to dental problems like gum disease. Gingival Hyperplasia, the overgrowth of the gums that can harbor small bits of food and produce a rotten smell, is another problem that is common with specific breeds of dogs. This is why keeping your dog’s teeth clean is so important. There are at-home remedies, but if it gets bad enough, taking your dog for a dental cleaning by a veterinary professional is advised. 


Flatulence is an extremely common problem in dogs, but if they can clear a room after passing gas, it may be because of an intolerance to an ingredient in their food. If this is the case, work with your veterinarian to change to a different diet, perhaps one that is grain-free or fish-based. This isn’t the only reason some dogs are gassy, so if the problem continues after a diet change, continue to consult with your veterinarian!

Ear Infections

A healthy dog ear usually has good defenses to fight off bacteria and yeast that cause ear infections. However, if your dog has allergies or hormonal imbalances, the yeast and bacteria can increase dramatically, resulting in a bad smell. If your dog has hairy or floppy ears, make sure to clean and dry them every once in a while to make sure they don’t get infected. 


Allergies, such as seasonal or food, can cause inflammation of the skin which in turn can lead to excessive secretion of oil from glands in the skin. This can produce a musty smell that isn’t very pleasant for anyone! A poor diet can contribute to this condition, usually one that is high in carbohydrates and processed food. Changing to a high protein diet, non-processed dog food, or trying out allergy tablets for dogs can help with atopy! 

Anal Sacs

This is one of the most common causes of your dog being smelly! All our furry friends have two small scent sacs on their bottom. These are a type of marking gland which is why dogs smell each other there when they meet! If these sacs become impacted, it can cause pain and an extremely bad-smelling secretion is released. It can remain on the fur causing it to linger! Another sign your dog may have a problem with their anal glands is if they are dragging their bottom on the ground. If they are doing this, make an appointment with your veterinarian!

If you’re concerned about the health of your furry friend, always consult your vet. Use Pet Ntoify’s Pet Vault to take notes prior to your appointment or upload documents afterward for safekeeping and for future reference.