Natural Hemp Remedy for Stinky dogs
We all know dogs have a different idea of perfume than humans and they certainly do love to roll about in stinky things.
However, there are other causes of a smelly dog that can be a little more serious…and we investigate them here.
Have you noticed your dog has a foul odour that is around all the time? Do your hands smell after touching your dog? Or is there a doggy stench left over in the car after you have taken your canine companion for a ride?
Maybe your pooch has stinky breath, or is letting off lots of gas…
Dogs do have their own natural scent, but there is a line between natural dog scent and a smelly dog. Once you have noticed your dog is stinking up the place, it’s time to understand the cause and find the remedy.
Yeast Is a common issue for dogs and can result in more than a smell. Stinky paws or musty-smelling ears are usually a sign of yeast overgrowth. The root cause of yeast overgrowth is diet. Scratching, itchy ears, itchy paws and an itchy bottom are all signs of a potential problem with yeast.
For immediate relief, yeast in the ear needs daily attention by cleaning the inside of the ear until the issue is resolved. Washing other infected areas with an appropriate cleanser is also a recommended course of action. Switching to a food that is low in carbohydrates (that feed yeast!) is the best plan.
A better diet will also help with itchy paws and skin. To see even faster results try adding hemp oil to your dog’s diet to boost nutrient levels.
Bad odour can be one of the early signs of a skin infection, as the oils in the skin become rancid from bacterial activity. Other signs may include flaky skin, redness, itching and hair loss.
Diet has a major impact on skin health much like humans (think pimples) and a lack of nutrients will have an effect on the health of your dog’s skin and coat. Dogs require essential fatty acids just like humans and they cannot produce these on their own. These must be compensated for in a diet. A powerful source of nutrients and Omega-3 with the correct ratio of 6:3 (such as hemp oil) can assist in reducing bacterial inflammations and has shown incredible results in suffering dogs.
Skin infections may require a veterinarian to prescribe medications.
Stinky dog breath can be the result of a build-up of odour producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, lungs, or gut. Bad breath may be more than poor dental hygiene and could potentially be a sign there is something wrong internally such as the gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys.
If dental issues are ruled out, then it’s time for a diet change which can rapidly assist the internal health of your dog. Try an anti-inflammatory such as hemp oil capsules. These work effectively by releasing the oil within the stomach and promoting a healthy gut.
Dental disease can cause a lot of pain, so a visit to your vet to rule out anything serious could also be in order.
Gas may indicate a dietary or intestinal problem. Some passing of gas may be normal, but if this is regularly occurring or seems excessive then it needs further attention and may be a dietary problem.
Cure: Once again, feeding your dog an appropriate diet that is low in carbohydrates will make a huge difference. Be wary of kibble and commercial dog foods. We are here to help! If the problem persists, a visit to the vet may be necessary.
Impacted anal glands/sacs
This is perhaps the most common cause of odour that won’t go away. Anal sacs are two small scent-sacs in the area of the anus. When a dog has a bowel movement, these sacs are normally squeezed and a very smelly, oily secretion is released with the fecal matter.
If these sacs become infected or impacted or if they can’t empty properly, problems can result. It can be very painful for your poor canine friend. If a dog is scared or overly excited, the smell can get on the surrounding fur, causing bad odour. This odour can then be passed onto places where your dog sleeps sits or rubs against.
This is one for the vet to deal with. With that said diet does play a large role. If your dog is sensitive to the food he eats and is passing loose stools, his anal sacs may not be emptying which is less than ideal and quite smelly. A raw diet including hemp oil works wonders to not only reduce food sensitivities (and therefore diarrhoea), it also greatly reduces the smell and volume of output.