Dogs often smell different according to what they eat, and hygiene may also be the factor of their smell like where they roam how clean they are.
If you have given your dog a fish meal and after that, your dog smells like a fish, then it absolutely fine it’s the same as we humans smell after eating something.
But if that’s not the case and your dog smell like fish then it may be an issue…!!!
Reason for your dog’s fishy smell?
There are many reasons that why your dog smells like fish and it depends upon where the smell is coming from, so I am going to explain and solutions to all your problems.
1- If your dog’s breath smells like fish.
Every dog owner considers dogs’ bad breath as a common phenomenon, and they consider it normal but let me tell you that is not how it is supposed to be.
Bad breath is not only unnatural, but it can lead to serious unknown health diseases.
The odor caused by the bacteria in the gums may serve as an early warning to your dog’s health, and it can lead to periodontal disease.
What causes periodontal disease in dogs?
When the food particles in the mouth are collected along with your dog’s gumline which causes the bacteria and plaque to occur which causes periodontal disease.
It leads to various problems like a breakdown of tissue and other painful and serious problems and bad breath, or a fish smell is just a part of this problem.
Small breeds are more vulnerable to periodontal disease as their teeth are closer together giving an opportunity to bacteria and plaque to build up, but whatever the breed or size of your dog good oral care should be a part of your dog routine.
How do you prevent periodontal disease in your dog?
Brush your dogs’ teeth at home after taking the vet’s advice for a good toothpaste. (Please don’t use human toothpaste as it is injurious to dogs’ health).
A good digestible diet with probiotics.
Ask your pet supplier for Nutri source. (It will help your dog to get all the minerals required).
Home remedies to help improve your dog’s breathing.
Give your dog raw carrot 3-4 times a week, as it helps to remove bacterial plaque and tartar.
- Raw recreational bone
The bone given should be frozen and to defrost them the process can be done in the refrigerator.
3-4 times chopped parsley per week can help cure your dog’s bad breath
- Apple cider vinegar
It is a disinfectant and antifungal which will help your dog’s overall health.
2- Yeast infection
One of the reasons for the fish smell from your dog may be the yeast infection which is most commonly inside the ears, toes, and pads, between the back legs, and all the dark and warm places.
Go to the vet and diagnose your dog.
And at last, the most common and real reason for your dog to smell like fish is
3- The fishy smell is usually caused due to the “Secretion from the anal gland”.
Anal glands are located at either side of the dog anus at about 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock.
99% when your dog smells fishy it means their anal gland is leaking.
Historically it was the dog’s trademark smell to leave that it’s his territory but now it isn’t necessary, but it can create a problem for the owner and dog itself.
So that’s the reason why your dog is so fascinated by other dogs’ poo, as well as the tail sniffing that occurs when two dogs meet.
These are the signs of Anal Sac disease-
- Biting their butt and tail.
- Fishy smell.
- Constipation usually.
- Difficulty while pooping.
How to get rid of your dog’s fishy smell?
If you want to get rid of your dog’s fishy smell then you have to get cleaned your dog’s anal gland and if not cleaned it can cause anal gland infections and a bad smell.
You can do it by yourself also with a proper kit, but if you find it a bit appropriate then go to the vet and they will express your dog’s anal gland manually. And you will get rid of your dog’s fishy smell.
Prevention for your dog’s fishy smell.
As I have told you, it is due to the anal gland secretion and that’s why it smells fishy. So, you can prevent that fishy smell on your own.
- Keep an appropriate and healthy amount of diet containing high fiber.
- Digestive supplements for your dog.
- Prevent your dog to be overweight, exercise your dog regularly.
- Keep your dog hydrated with plenty of fresh and clean water.
- Take advice from the animal doctor.