Dog Odor Skin - Dog Health Guide

The basics behind an odor from a dog's skin or coat are pretty straightforward
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Bad doggy odor can be the result of a skin condition like seborrhea or Cushing’s Disease, allergies, an anal gland problem, an ear or eye infection, tooth decay or periodontal disease, or some other medical cause. You need to eliminate these possibilities first.
“Water also liberates these compounds from a dog’s skin and hair and accentuates the odor,” Cain says.
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People do suck…anyway. My dog Frankie started having severe allergies about 6-7 years ago and was treated with Prednisone (would NOT recommend, as his liver numbers spiked to over 1000, should have been with the prednisone slightly elevated to about 500). That bad smell you smell is yeast…Frankie acquired that as well.I had him treated for that years ago, which showed up in his ears, very common with Otomax. But this Yeast was all over his body and in between his toes, even byme wiping him down, bathing, getting cortisone for hot spots and herbal remedies. As the vets said it’s like having atheletes foot all over your body. The odor is so strong it’s undeniable. Since taking him to the vet we were told to give him and bath 2x a day for 2 weeks with antibotic shampoo. ell the 2 weeks is up and Frankie has very little relieve. While the smell of yeast is gone, he continues to scratch and bite. We have him on Apoquel which relieves the itchiness better than pumping him full of benedryl which relieved him very little. So a vet visit is needed, to get prescriptions of Apoquel and antibotic shampoo. Don’t worry this shampoo moisturizes the coat and must be worked into the skin (massaged) for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. While the smell has gone away…his suffering with allergies hasnt. Theychecked his thyroid and CBC count and all seems fine. We are off to the vet for further instructions and hopefully I am wrong and it is a food allergy (which we have had him on hydrolized protein food – for a food allergy test for a week now) it has to be at least a month to see any difference
. Doggie odor happens when bacteria and yeast normally found on the skin start to ..
Photo provided by FlickrDog with dandruff-type skin condition, itching and odor
Photo provided by FlickrOdor occurs in dogs with and without skin problems
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Some people live with these chronic canine skin problems, in part because the dog seems healthy and active otherwise. But skin problems and a bad odor can indicate an underlying nutritional deficiency or other health problems that, if left unattended, could lead to more serious complications. A veterinary checkup is advisable.Some medications, such as DMSO, give skin a peculiar garlicy odor because volatile byproducts of DMSO are released through the skin and breath. Hormones influence skin health and skin odor. Dogs with under-active thyroid glands (hypothyroidism) have dull, thin hair coats and thick, flaky skin over a thick layer of fat. The skin is slow to heal and is easily invaded by malodorous yeast and bacteria. Fungal infections, such as ringworm, are also common in hypothyroid dogs.Many dry dog foods are notoriously high in starches and low in essential fatty acids. A teaspoon of flaxseed oil per day in his food could do much to improve his skin health and get rid of the malodorous condition. Provide him with regular physical activity outdoors, and bathe as needed -- but do not bathe more than once a month after his odor is improved. Your weekly bathing could cause skin problems by disturbing the normal, healthy dermal surface cells and bacteria, leading to loss of natural oils, excessive secretion thereof and skin infection. Gentle daily grooming instead and periodically rubbing some diatomaceous earth or plain, unscented baby powder into his coat outdoors (and then brushing it out) will also help. A dog bed stuffed with cedar shreds will create a more agreeable atmosphere.Old dogs with skin infections can smell pretty funky. Secondary bacterial infections from constant scratching can give off a putrid odor, as can yeast infections in your dog's ears, paws or elsewhere. It can indicate that your dog suffers from hypothyroidism, or insufficient thyroid hormone, another frequent problem in senior canines. Your vet will conduct various tests to determine the cause of your dog's skin issues. If there's an infection, she'll likely prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medications. If your dog is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a daily thyroid pill, necessary for the rest of his life, can reverse many symptoms.