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Why does my dog smell fishy?

asked 2017-01-08 16:07:50 -0500

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Could be a UTI or an anal gland issue.

Brandie S.'s profile imageBrandie S. ( 2017-02-01 14:06:43 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-01-11 23:00:39 -0500

It could be a couple of different things. If your dog is scooting, or licking at its rear end, it could be its anal glands, which are scent glands. If your dog eats a fish based diet, or takes fish oil daily, it could just be from that.

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answered 2017-02-02 19:04:31 -0500

This sounds like an issue with anal glands being too full. Seek the help of a veterinary technician to express them safely :) (My dog starts to smell less than rosey when his are too full and he doesn't express them well enough on his own!)

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answered 2017-02-01 19:10:16 -0500

9 times out of 10 your dog has just rolled in worms. One of your dogs favorite perfumes is in fact worm juice, and yes it smells just like fish.

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