(DOG GROOMING/PET CARE) Cuddling with your dog is the best thing in the world! But at times, dogs can smell – resulting in a reduction in their cuddle quotient.

Dog odor is a common problem and just giving your dog regular baths sometimes is not enough. So, what causes this dog odor and how can you go about preventing it? Let’s find out.

Why Your Dog Smells

If you think your dog smells funny even after regular baths, it typically means that your dog has a bacterial or yeast infection. When the bacteria and yeast that is normally found on the skin starts to break down the surface oil, the fat will get oxidized. This is what causes the foul smell.

How Can You Prevent Dog Odor, Bacteria, and Yeast Infections:

Understanding Food Sensitivities

According to most veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists, food sensitivities are one of the primary causes of skin conditions, odour issues and ear infections. Almost 80 percent of food sensitive dogs suffer from an outer ear infection.

Keep yeast fermentation products away as they can be severely inflammatory. Eliminate grains or gluten-rich foods from the diet. Keep a close eye on your pets if they are food sensitive because they can still have a fungal or bacterial infect due to an underlying food sensitivity even if they don’t smell funny.

Your vet may put your dog on a food trial, however, they might not work since they last only 8-12 weeks and each week or two the food is typically rotated. Even if your pet stops scratching in week 2 or 3 of the trial, you won’t know which food stopped the reaction or whether the medication given is suppressing the infection or not.

Foods you must give to your dogs to control the yeast growth naturally:

  • Coconut oil
  • Kefir
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Oregano oil
  • Pau d’arco

You can easily add these foods to the dog food you regularly use or you can use a syringe and give them these foods as supplements…depending on what your pet prefers.

Using Copper Products

Bring in copper-infused pet products for your dog as copper helps in combating fungal and bacterial diseases. Copper ions are capable of destroying pathogenic microorganisms, which are responsible for causes allergies and other diseases, rather effectively. Copper infused products will prevent the pathogens from multiplying and spreading, thus keeping your pets healthy. Get your dogs copper-infused pet bed, blankets and water bowl.

Cleaning the Ears

Need help cleaning your dog’s ears?

Ear infections in dogs are mainly caused by yeast and bacteria. If your dog has an ear problem, he/she will show symptoms like shaking the head, inflammation of ears, scratching ears, a bad smell coming from the ears and ears that are hot and painful when you touch them.

  • Regular ear cleaning will prevent ear infections in most dogs. Use a good ear cleaner to clean their ears.
  • Trim the hair inside the ear and around the opening of the to allow air to circulate.
  • Avoid food with corn, carbohydrates and wheat as they are linked to food allergies. Give them food that is high in meat protein.
  • Use cotton balls to gently dry out the ears if your dog goes for a swim.

Go see a vet immediately if the dog develops an ear infection. If left untreated, ear infections can get very hard to clear up and may even require surgery.

Checking the Dog’s Immunity

Your dog’s immune system is responsible for keeping parasites like mites at bay. A compromised or an underdeveloped immune system can fail in preventing fungal and bacterial infections. When you check your dog’s immunity, it may also help in detecting autoimmune disorders such as sebaceous adenitis. Though it is rare, it affects Standard Poodles and Akitas –  if you own these breeds, get them checked as soon as possible.

Remember that around 25-35 percent of odor related cases are related to skin and ear problems. This figure goes higher during the warmer months when house dust flares, pollen increases and causes allergies in dogs, and fleas multiply.

Keep a check on how your dog smells and take them to a veterinary if the odour gets too foul.

Author Bio: Kunal is a young and passionate entrepreneur, fascinated by the workings of the human body and natural solutions for common health problems. He’s single-minded in his aim to make Copper Defence a brand that’s recognized across the globe, by partnering with global brands to make these high-tech materials easily accessible for everyone. If you’d like to get in touch, email Kunal at [email protected]perdefence.com or visit copperclothing.co.uk for copper-infused clothing, pet accessories and more.