Ask The Dog Guide: Unstoppable Doggy Smell?

July 31st, 2009 by Dan


How do I control the odor coming from my dog even after she had her bath? She is a Basset Hound/Beagle mix.


Having a stinky dog is no fun, but I can guarantee that your dog probably isn’t too happy either! If she has an offensive odor that won’t go away with a normal shampooing, there is an underlying cause beyond regular doggy dirt. While I can’t diagnose your dog, here are a few possibilities of what could be causing the problem:

Beagle/Basset Mix

Photo by Hematocrit


Canine dental disease can cause a very stinky situation, especially if there is infection going on around the gums. If your dog is a drooler (like some Basset mixes tend to be) the saliva can be foul smelling and spread to the coat. Bad breath can be just that or it can be a sign of a more serious underlying illness.

If your dog has a skin infection or is experiencing an allergic reaction (due to seasonal issues or parasites), bathing alone isn’t going to solve the problem. Skin infections often have a distinct and unpleasant odor. A veterinarian will need to make a diagnosis, which usually results in antibiotics as well as baths using a prescription shampoo.

Anal Gland Issues:
The secretions produced by canine anal glands are probably the worst stinks I’ve ever smelled! Normally dogs empty these glands when they have a bowl movement, but sometimes these sacs become impacted and infected, making this very difficult or impossible. If your dog is having anal glad problems, it could be the cause of her offensive aroma. You might notice her “scooting” on the ground or licking her rear-end frequently. You can read this piece for more information.

Ear Infections:

Infected ears smell BAD! Check your dog’s ears and see if the offensive smell is coming from them. Has your dog been shaking her head more than normal or pawing at her ears? If so, that could be the culprit.

Schedule an appointment for your dog to have a check up with her Veterinarian. They should be able to get to the bottom of her smelly problem quickly! Once her problem is solved, regular grooming routines should do the trick!

One Response to “Ask The Dog Guide: Unstoppable Doggy Smell?”

  1. Dog Bath Tubs Says:

    Most of the dogs smell so badly this is maybe because there is something happened to him. Maybe there are parasites living in him thats why we need to take good care to our pets treat them like yourself.

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