There are many things to love about dogs, but their smell is not one of them. All dogs are occasionally stinky, but if your pooch’s odor can’t be controlled by regular grooming, it could be the sign of an underlying health issue.
“The stink can come from three areas,” says Dr. Jeff Werber, a California-based veterinarian who has taken care of many celebrity dogs — including the most recent Lassie. “It’s either coming from the mouth, skin, or anal glands.” If you can identify where your problem is originating, Werber says that you can usually get the issue under control fairly easily. Here’s how to figure out — and treat — the source of your dog’s funk.