Dogs’ skin is very delicate and it links the fur to the inside of the body. It may happen that the dog smells, for physiological reasons or for particular pathologies, let’s see together if this normal fact can become a warning sign.
Dog breeds that normally smell
Unfortunately, there are some dog breeds that smells more than others. For those who understand the molossian world, such as English or French Pitbull and the Hound, they know that their skin produce much sebum to hydrate the creases of their skins. Inside these creases can easily occur dermatitis, creating a vicious circle from which the dog cannot escape. Even the German Shepherd, for example, has a very pungent scent, that can become worse if you do not cleanse the dog.
When the dog’s smell can become a problem
If the dog gets wet and smells, it is normal even after we have dried it. But there are some moments when these pungent smells tell us something about our dog’s aches, perhaps linked to some skin disease. Dermatitis, inflammation of hair follicles, bacterial proliferation are the main causes of a strange and unusual scent. Nutrition also plays a crucial role, moreover for old dogs. If the dog often goes out in open areas, you should be careful to acarus or possible parasites that may cause infections to dog’s skin.
Possible solutions to dogs’ smells
You should always keep your dog clean, even if it does not smell. Regular baths (at home or grooming) are the key to keep the skin and the fur healthy and strong, but only if you use ad hoc products. If cleansing is not enough you should contact a veterinarian in order to exclude acarus, intolerances or some more serious diseases. Moreover, if the fur smell goes along with bad breath or some very unpleasant smells coming from the genital area, that surely are symptoms of infection.