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Does Your Dog Stink and How to Properly Clean It

Your dog is a member of the family and who you want to bring wherever you go. As your furry friend grows older, their smells will change, too. With a few easy steps and a bit of patience, you can keep your dog smelling fresh at all times.


Clean their ears

Give them a bath with shampoo

Poor Dental Health

Anal Gland Issues

Clean their ears

You know the smell. You've had a dog, and you know when they need to be washed. You've had a dog, and you definitely know when their ears are dirty—that nose-wrinkling, eye-watering stench.

But you know what's even worse? When your dog doesn't smell like that. Your dog is sweet as can be, and he LOVES to be snuggled. The only problem is that you can't enjoy that snuggle time because his ear wax smells so horrible it makes your eyes water.

It's time to take action! If your dog has dirty ears, don't let him suffer through it alone—and don't let yourself suffer either! Clean your pup's ears before playtime or cuddle time for a more pleasant experience for both of you (and everyone else in the house).

A quick look inside your doggy's ear will tell you whether or not he needs cleaning. If the wax is black or dark brown, it's time to clean 'em up!

Luckily, cleaning your dog's ears is pretty easy! Just follow these four steps:

* Gather the materials you need: vet-approved ear cleanser, cotton balls, and a clean towel (in case of spills).

* Put the ear cleanser on the cotton ball and gently wipe around the inside of your dog's ear. Avoid using Q-tips or other products that could scratch their inner ear canal.

* Restrain your dog and carefully flush their ears with the ear cleanser solution. Make sure not to let any get in their eyes!

* Dry your dog's ears thoroughly with a clean towel and give them a treat!

Give them a bath with shampoo

Is your dog stinking up the house? Has your town banned him from public places? Are you worried that he might have lost his childhood sweetheart because of his unfortunate scent?

If so, it's time to give your dog a bath.

We know this can be a daunting task. We've all seen videos where dogs run screaming from the bathroom and hide under the bed. But don't worry! We've found a solution that will keep your dog calm and relaxed while you wash away the days of filth and shame.

Simply give them a bath with shampoo! By using shampoo, you'll be able to quickly and easily clean your dog in a way that won't stress them out or cause them to run away and hide. Your neighbors will thank you for saving their noses, and your beloved pet will thank you for saving their dignity.

The truth is that your dog deserves a bath with shampoo at least twice a month—and they deserve it in a warm tub or sink, not at the end of a garden hose. As your pet's best friend, it's your responsibility to meet their needs.

Poor Dental Health

Does your dog stink? Bad breath is no fun for you or your pup, but the smell can be a sign of something much worse: poor dental health. This is actually pretty common in dogs. Nearly 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease by the time they are three years old. It's vital to your dog's overall health that you keep an eye on their teeth and gums and treat any issues before they become debilitating.

Signs of gum disease include bad breath, red gums, inflamed gums (which will appear swollen), and bleeding gums. Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, so it's important to brush your dog's teeth every day and take them to the vet for cleanings at least twice a year. You should also provide your dog with plenty of toys to chew on to help them keep their teeth clean. If these steps don't work, ask your vet about using antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste for pets.

Good dental health for your dog means more than just taking care of their teeth—it can actually lead to a longer life! Taking care of your pup's teeth has been shown to decrease serious health problems like heart attacks and kidney failure, which can shorten both the quality and quantity of your life. So please pay attention to their dental health problems in time.

Anal Gland Issues

Dogs are man's best friend. But when your dog has anal gland issues and stinks, what do you do? The smell can be like nothing else in the world. You might be tempted to kick it outside, but that's not fair to your friend.

A dog with anal gland issues needs to have its glands expressed by a professional veterinarian or groomer. This is best done by a professional that knows what they're doing and can do it safely and gently.

If your dog has anal gland issues, their glands should be expressed every 4-6 weeks. This is especially true if your dog has oily skin (like a labrador retriever) or is overweight, because these things make it harder for them to express their anal glands naturally.

You can talk to your vet about whether an over-the-counter product might help your dog's anal glands stay healthy, or whether you'd benefit from having them removed entirely!

Proper grooming and a clean environment are key to a healthy dog.  There is nothing wrong with regular bathing for your dog if he needs it. This is best done at home when you can see if there are any issues or problems with his coat, skin or nails.  You should also wash your dogs bedding regularly in the washer or by hand in the sink.  Clean up after your dog outside, the area under the eves of your house are the worst place for odors.

At the end of the day, if you enjoy having a dog and don't mind taking care of it, then it doesn't matter. It's clear there are some truly disgusting dog owners out there; just be sure not to fall into that group. Perhaps your dog isn't perfect or doesn't always smell like a bed of roses, but we're all learning sometimes.

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