Your assessment results for:

Smelly or Bad Odor – General Smell

Urgency level: Low priority

Monitor your dog at home and contact your family veterinary practice if the situation doesn’t improve

What to do next

Monitor your dog at home for any new or worsening symptoms

  • Contact your family veterinary hospital if your dog starts drinking more water than usual, or if the smell doesn’t improve with bathing.


Why it’s lower priority

General smelliness that is not very strong or persistent is usually not a cause for concern

  • General smell is typically not an urgent matter and should be improved with bathing/grooming. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog does not require veterinary attention.
  • Most generalized smells are from dogs with a dirty or smelly coat. All dogs have a natural odor, and in some cases it may be strong enough for us to detect it, especially in older dogs and intact males.


Home care tips

Try bathing and/or grooming your dog

  • Try washing your dog gently with dog shampoo to see if it helps with the smelliness.
  • If your dog’s coat is very dirty (i.e. matted), consider bringing your dog to a groomer.


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