Why Your Dog Stinks No Matter What You Do

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Nobody wants to have a stinky dog, but sometimes no matter what you do your dog still smells. A stinky dog can be a sign of a medical condition and it’s important to figure out what’s going on to ensure your dog is healthy. If your dog is stinky and you’ve tried everything, here are a few issues you need to look into as well as how you can improve his smell.

1. Your Dog Doesn’t Have a Balanced Diet

A lot of people don’t think about it but diet can affect dog’s smell and often times it’s the result of a poor diet. If your dog doesn’t have a balanced diet, then he maybe emitting some foul-smelling odors as a result. You want a dog food that is high in animal proteins and lower in vegetables for optimal health. Most of the inexpensive dog food contains soy and grains, which is filling but it’s not part of a balanced diet.

2. Your Dog May Have Infected Anal Glands

Infected anal glands might be what’s causing your dog to be stinky and you may notice first that your dog is scooting his butt on the carpet a lot. Usually owners think that this is just because there’s some residual poo left behind your dog is trying to get rid of. Anal glands can become infected, but also could end up getting an abscess or even impacted. If these glands aren’t expressing properly when your dog is going to the bathroom, then the butt scoot is likely to happen.

The smell could be coming from his behind due to the infection in the anal gland, but other symptoms likely will be present. You might notice your dog seems very red around his rear, and he maybe licking around his butt. Simply take your dog to the veterinarian and your dog will have his anal glands expressed, which should resolve the issue.

3. Your Dog Has an Oily or Greasy Coat

An oily coat harbors bacteria and causes odor and it’s something you might not be thinking about when trying to narrow down why your dog is so stinky. The cause is known as Seborrhea and this is when an oily and waxy substance is released into the fur which normally is around the armpits and groin. Secondary infections are common with Seborrhea since your dog is likely to be very itchy and will scratch often.

The waxy substance released into the skin will cause your dog to look greasy and it will have a very bad odor with it. Seborrhea is treated usually by finding the underlying cause, but medicated shampoos and vitamins or minerals might also be given. If your dog has developed an infection, then the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics to help get rid of that infection.

Tips on Making Your Dog Smell Better

There are several ways you can make your dog smell better, including tips such as washing bedding and blankets regularly. The beds and blankets will hold in the smell of your dog and make him smell even right after a bath. You should make it a habit to wash the bedding a couple times a month at least.

It’s also a good idea to brush and groom your dog regularly, since brushing can help remove odors, dander, and dirt from the fur. Dog wipes or even baby wipes are a great option to use if you would like to just freshen up your dog. You just don’t want to use these wipes around the eyes or use them too often since it can dry out the skin. Baking soda works well as a dry shampoo and all you have to do is to brush out the excess.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.


  1. Leeann T Leach January 10, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    My 1 1/2 year old pomchi smells so bad I’m considering rehoming him I’ve tried everything and nothing helps.I have owned many dogs thru my life and haven’t ever dealt with this what do I do

    1. Susan February 20, 2021 at 1:34 am

      Anal glands may be clogged. Is it stronger by back end. Then you have you’re answer
      . All over- possible skin infection – like yeast.
      Both need a vet. Anal glands expression, relatively cheap.

  2. Steven paolini February 7, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I have a sekoya and he omits a pungent smell even after a bathing. What is his problem?

  3. Custom Concern August 25, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I love my Dougy dog, doggy Doug. He’s my most favorite but everyone in my house hates him & wants him out because he’s a little smelly. I don’t notice it at all really but they tell me I’m nose blind because I let him sleep in bed right next to me. Maybe I stink too? I don’t know but I’ve bathed him, washed his bedding, lit candles, sparyed smelly good sprays around the house but even still my Dougy dog continues to offend my housemates. Please help. I’m the only one that loves him & he deserves so much more. He’s such a cuddly boy & no one wants him around. Everyone should love him.

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