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Dear Daisy Dog

Our dog has a peculiar odor. How frequently may we bathe him?

Daisy Responds

Most of us dogs smell just right: like dogs. Scent glands near our ears, on our feet and at the rear end signal our identity to other dogs – and produce scents our humans learn to love.

If you feel your dog’s normal scent is too much of a good thing, bathe him monthly.

On the other hand, your dog may exude an abnormal odor. Most commonly, these odors result from dental disease, ear infections or skin problems.

Other sources of offensive odors include flatulence and some foods and supplements.

By way of full disclosure, I confess that I smell pretty ripe when I roll in animal droppings, wallow in the carcass of a dead animal or disturb a skunk.

To determine the cause of your dog’s odor, rub individual cotton balls or gauze along various parts of his body: his gums, ears, facial folds, feet, groin and around his anus.

Smell each sample to pinpoint the source of the offensive odor. Then visit your veterinarian for help to minimize it.

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