When you love your pet, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with your pup after a tough day. But when your pet has a bad case of doggy B.O., the last place you want him to be is on your furniture.


While it’s important to prioritize your pet’s hygiene with regular animal grooming and healthy habits, some family pets can have a smell that lingers on even when they’re clean. Since you can’t douse them in body spray, it’s important to get to the heart of the issue and find out exactly why your pet is smelling less than fresh.


Thankfully, our team of veterinarians at Normandale Veterinary Hospital has seen every form of bad pet smell from Frito feet to puppy breath, and we’ve got solutions for your pet. In this post, we’re covering the main causes of stinky pet smells and how to solve them. Give us a call to schedule your pet care appointment and grooming services today!

1.   Digestive Woes

If your dog clears the room after every meal with her gas, remember that she’s probably feeling miserable from more than just the smell. Keep trash out of reach of your pet if she’s prone to getting into it as dogs who get into the trash or spoiled food can get gas due to the fermentation that occurs in their colons. Many human foods are also known to cause gas for both cats and dogs, especially dairy products like milk and spicy foods.


If you carefully monitor your pet’s diet and she still has flatulence problems, she may be struggling with digestive issues. Your vet can prescribe a veterinary care plan to help manage your pet’s diet so flatulence is a thing of the past.

2.   Dental Health Concerns

Just like people, dogs can get plaque buildup that leads to dental health problems. Small breeds in particular are prone to dental hygiene issues like gum diseases and should be checked by a vet regularly. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we offer a complete dental cleaning appointment to keep your pet’s grin in good shape.

3.   Anal Gland Issues

Problems with the anal glands or anal sacs are one of the most common reasons for unpleasant canine smells. When dogs greet other dogs by sniffing their tail areas, this is due to their anal glands. Dogs’ anal sacs are specialized sweat glands that are capable of secreting scent markers to let other animals know who they are.


However, sometimes dogs can have issues with anal gland secretions that cause them to smell unpleasant or fishy more so than other dogs. Your vet can give your pet a full check-up to determine if another issue such as an impaction, abscess, infection, or disease is causing the smell.

Schedule Your Edina Animal Grooming Services

There are plenty of things you can do to keep your pet smelling fresh like brushing him regularly, feeding him quality food, and scheduling grooming services every few months. But if he’s still smelling a little rough, it’s important to schedule a pet care checkup and rule out any health concerns. To connect with a veterinarian, give us a call at 952-831-8272 or contact us online.