Why do golden retrievers smell?
Golden Retriever Grooming
By Magdalena, Published on Jul 17, 2019
Golden retrievers are amazing dogs with amazing coat, yet they can mostly give off a bad odor. What usually causes bad smell is bacteria or yeast metabolizing secretions like skin oils.
The highest concentration of yeast and bacteria are the places where the skin is mostly dark and moist for example the ears, mouth, skin folds and beneath the tail. These places have the strongest smell too. When the skin is less healthy, yeast population and bacteria normally increase.
Do golden retrievers smell more than other dogs?
Yeast and bacteria are normally present on the skin of most pets even the healthy ones, but they are kept to a minimum when the skin is in good condition. Also, yeast and bacteria will cause itching in dogs.
All dogs eventually scratch themselves and as a result, there is an increase of blood flow to the area, which will cause inflammation, swelling and heat. Furthermore, the smell will be more offensive in the end, and these places also have the strongest smell. Therefore, when the skin is less healthy, yeast population and bacteria normally increase.
Your golden retriever has an unpleasant smell because of the following reasons:
Golden retrievers can be prone to ear infections.
An ear infection is characterized by debris, redness and an odor in the ear.
Sometimes, one ear will look worse than the other. A combination of yeast and bacteria can cause ear infections. A yeast infection is mostly followed by a dog dying odor. Chronic ear infections may indicate an underlying problem like hypothyroidism and allergies.
Pyoderma is a bacterial skin infection that commonly affects Golden retrievers.
This condition is mostly seen in dogs that have underlying allergies or enjoy swimming. Pointers to an infection include partial hair loss, lesions and pustules which look like inflamed pus swelling wounds. Depending on the severity, most skin infections need to be treated within 2 to 6 weeks by oral antibiotics.
Yeast infections in dogs are itchy.
The groin region and the armpits are the areas that are commonly affected . A sign of yeast infection is a greasy, thickened and darker skin. Yeast infection is usually treated with oral antifungal medication.
Some Golden Retrievers have a very large skin fold on both sides of their vulva.
Growth of bacteria takes place on this skin fold. A dog that licks her genitalia is a sign of perivulvar dermatitis skin infection. This problem causes brown saliva staining around the vulva.
Lastly, the anal glands of the dog can emit a pungent fishy smell.
If you ever notice this type of smell, then that can be the source. If that is the case, get your vet to express your dog’s anal glands. An infection might be present if they are smelly all the time.