By Patricia Khuly, DVM, PetMD
Got a pet whoís conditioned you to believe that his loving presence is worth all his foul odors? If your pet smells nasty then you probably know exactly what Iím talking about (though some of you may be in denial). Everyone else thinks he stinks and stays away. But you? You love him, aroma and all.
Nonetheless, there is something you can do about her chronic malodor, especially if she falls into one of the following categories of stinkiness. Read up on the concern and, for best results internalize their listed solutions!
1. The Skin Sufferers
If the surface of your petís skinís smell is reminiscent of rotting fruit, something freshly dug up from deep underground, or just plain dogginess, youíll know what I mean.
Solution: Whether this happens year-round or is limited to certain seasons, pets with certain skin conditions such as allergic skin disease and keratinization disorders (characterized by greasy and/or flaky skin), treatment of the underlying disease is generally effective in reducing or eliminating the odors associated with skin infections that accompany it.
Medicated shampoos and antibiotic and/or anti-fungal treatments are often necessary, at least at first and/or periodically, to tamp down the offending bacteria and/or yeast.
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