Reasons Why Does My Dog Smell Like Fish

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Dogs are one of the best beings to ever exist on this planet. They’re loyal and friendly creatures that make excellent companions. But they don’t always have the freshest smell.

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So what can cause your furry friend to smell like they fell in a lake? Here is a list of the most common reasons for a fishy-smelling doggo.

Anal Sac Disorders

Anal glands are used as scent markers by dogs. They’re little sacs filled with fluid that get expressed every time your dog has a bowel movement to mark their territory and help them find the next place to defecate later.


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Your Dog Has Teeth Problems

If a fishy smell starts resonating from their mouth, that may be cause for concern. Dental issues are common amongst dogs because it’s not like they brush their teeth daily. 



Fishy Urine from UTIs

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are the most common reason for fishy-smelling urine. If your vet suspects a UTI, they will put your dog on a round of antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.

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Your Female Dog Has a Vaginal Issue

Your female dog has a range of natural bacterial flora that live in her vagina. So if your good girl has a fishy smell and you’ve eliminated all of the above, it could be vaginitis.

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Yeast Infection

Yeast infections and some dog breeds just go hand in hand. Dogs with a lot of excess skin, such as bulldogs are prone to yeast infections occurring in the skin folds.

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