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Smelly or Bad Odor – General Smell

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Monitor your dog for 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 medium 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 usually improves with bathing/grooming.
  • Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog does not require immediate veterinary attention. It may resolve with bathing.


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 or matted, consider bringing your dog to a groomer.


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