Ok so your canine friend has odor. Humans spend an average of ..... well, the point is that you will have to invest time
and effort into your pets cleansing and deodorizing. Indoor pets have closer contact with us, and our home furnishings
so even the slightest odor can be more offensive. Outdoor pets have less direct contact with us, and we tend to spend
less time with them, so odor doesn't seem to be as big of an issue.
Odor can be caused by many factors. Common causes include anal sacs , male hormones, inhalant allergies,
hypothyroidism, and yes even diet can effect odor level. Normal odor is found in low levels due to the individual dogs
hormones and interactions on the skin surface. The skin surface contains oils, skin cells, yeast, bacteria and debris. The
bacteria and yeast often use the skin oils as a source of food and then multiply rapidly. The breakdown of skins oils by
surface microbes, and natural degradation releases odors. Dogs on a high fat diet (over the counter canned diets, table
foods, etc.) often have a higher level of skin oils and thus the potential for higher odor levels.
Excessive dog odor is most often associated with multiple factors. There is no simple solution for all odor problems. Ask
your veterinarian to evaluate the problem and offer advice on a long term plan to minimize the problem.
Please feed only highly digestable dry diets which are are low in fat content. If you must feed a canned diet, then only
feed Prescription diets which are formulated with lower fat levels and significant fiber content.