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Smelly or Bad Odor – Bum or Hind Area

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

Contact your regular veterinary hospital and don’t let your dog irritate their hind

  • Though not an urgent matter, the smell is unlikely to resolve on its own so you’ll need to contact your family veterinary hospital at your earliest convenience.
  • Contact them right away if your dog develops any of the following signs:
    • Becomes very painful
    • Starts scooting (dragging rear along the ground)
    • If the area starts bleeding
  • If your dog is repeatedly licking at their hind end, put a cone on them to prevent them from traumatizing the area.


Why it’s medium priority

Smelliness in the hind area with other symptoms may be a cause for concern

  • A bad smell in the hind end is typically not an urgent matter. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog does not require immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions that could be the cause and would warrant veterinary attention include anal gland impaction and urinary incontinence.


Home care tips

Bathe your dog

  • Try washing your dog gently with dog shampoo to see if it helps with the smelliness.


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