Why does wet dog smell so bad?

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In the process of going about their lives, they leave behind "micro excreta" in the form of volatile organic compounds.

The smell of wet-dog, Brunning says, comes from moisture evaporation that carries some of those compounds with it.


That's because dog and cat urine has an ammonia odor.

Ammonia will make it smell worse.


A dog might throw up simply because he has eaten too much, too fast.

Ingesting poisonous substances can cause vomiting.

Canine vomit in any case is foul-smelling, such as is your own; but particularly foul-smelling vomit could signal a health condition that requires prompt veterinary attention.


Since urine has ammonia in it, such products may mimic the smell and make the area even more attractive as a potty spot.

Once urine dries on carpet or walls your puppy's "pee-mail" notes are even more difficult to locate and clean.

Urine is composed of sticky urea, urochrome (the yellow color), and uric acid.


2 Answers. Fresh zucchini has a fairly neutral or sometimes "greenish" smell.

An acidic or vinager-like smell is an indication of some kind of fermentation that has set in.


Ear Wax Buildup

The ear wax will be a yellow color. This type of wax buildup can cause a change in odor in your dog's ears, but it will be a mild odor.

Canine diabetes can result in strong-smelling or sticky urine and can lead to urinary tract infections that produce a bad smell.

Diabetes causes high blood and urine sugars, which makes a dog consume more fluids and urinate more frequently than normal.


Urinary tract infections can lead to fishy-smelling urine.

Here, learn about causes, symptoms, and treatments of these infections.

This bacterial infection in the vagina causes fishy, foul-smelling discharge.

While it does not affect the urine, a person may notice the odor while using the bathroom.

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