Does your pet have a certain aroma that can’t be ignored any more…no matter how hard you try? In other (less nice) words, does your pet stink? If you have a smelly pet, don’t stress! Your pet isn’t the first (or last) animal with an odor problem. To rid your pet of its foul scent, you need to get to the bottom of what’s causing it.  Figuring out the cause means you can figure out a solution, and your pet can return to normal—and you can finally breathe through your nose again!

Here are some of the most common reasons a pet can develop an offensive aroma.

Skin Infection

A dog or cat with skin issues can easily develop an odor problem. No matter what the underlying cause of the skin issues are, a pet with irritated skin will do lots of itching and scratching, creating the perfect condition for bacteria to grow. Unfortunately, one of the many side effects of a bacteria or yeast infections is a persistent, funky odor.

Dental Problems

Dog breath is not just a myth! Poor dental hygiene can without a doubt cause your dog or cat’s breath to stink. A foul smelling mouth is unpleasant to say the least. To keep your pet’s breath fresh and clean, make it a priority to brush their teeth every day and take them to the vet for regular check ups.

Kidney Problems

Bad breath that’s not related to dental issues could signal a problem with your pet’s kidneys. Kidney disease can wreak havoc on your pet’s mouth, causing it to reek like nothing else. That’s because of the toxins that build up in the body when the kidneys aren’t able to function properly and eliminate waste as normal.

Digestive Issues

If your pet toots more often than a train, it may be suffering from digestive issues. Conditions likes IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or pancreatic malfunction can lead to a gassy stomach and increased flatulence as can certain foods they eat. To determine what the culprit is you’ll want make a visit to your local animal hospital for an official diagnosis and treatment options.

Ear Infections

Besides being painful and bothersome, ear infections can also be smelly! Most ear infections in pets are caused by excess yeast or bacteria. Unfortunately, both of these things can cause a strong odor to develop. Dogs with long ears are especially prone to this condition. No matter how much you clean your pet’s ears, you won’t be able to banish the nasty smell until you treat your pet’s underlying ear infection.

Don’t let your pet’s aroma be the talk of the neighborhood! Consult your veterinarian as soon as possible to find out what’s to blame, especially since an offensive odor could mean a serious health condition is at play. Not only will your vet be able to discover the underlying cause, he or she will be able to treat the smell and get your pet back on the road to being stink-free!