Your assessment results for:

Smelly or Bad Odor – General Smell

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP to make arrangements

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • If your dog is drinking a lot more water than usual, you may want to start a new Symptom Assessment for “drinking more” to get specific tips.


Why it’s high priority

General smelliness that is always present or in combination with other symptoms typically indicate a chronic underlying issue

  • General smell is typically not an urgent matter and should be improved with bathing/grooming. However, based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include metabolic diseases (such as diabetes or kidney disease), skin issues, and infection. As these conditions progress your dog will show other symptoms, but early diagnosis carries a better prognosis.


Home care tips

Make sure your dog has access to water

  • Make sure your dog has access to clean water


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