While the rear end of any dog is not the most clean area or the most fresh smelling, Poodle's should not have a constant odor coming from the anus or the vagina. Let's look at some common reasons why a strong odor may emanate from here:
Stool stuck to the anus
- This is fairly common since most healthy Poodles will have somewhat moist stools (bowel movements should have the consistency of a thick paste) and this can stick to the fine hairs the grown around the anal opening. Just a bit of poo can stink up a room, so there are a couple of things you can do: 1) It is common for dog groomers to trim this area, solely for this reason. If you do ask the groomer to do this (or if you wish to trim the area yourself), do take care to not clipper this too close since the skin there is very sensitive 2) You can simply wipe the area with a canine cleansing wipe (those that are used for the face, paws, etc.) after your Poodle is done going to the bathroom. This way you can rest assured that not only will he smell fine afterward, this will keep tiny specks of poo from being rubbed off onto your furniture, flooring, dog's bed, etc.
- Nothing can really explain the overpowering and noxious smell of anal gland
fluid; some find it even more powerful than a skunk's spray. All dogs have a pair of anal glands; one on each side of the anus. These are also commonly referred to as scent glands since they hold a fluid that is released in very minute amounts each time two dogs meet each other. Tiny amounts are also released when a dog pushed out a bowel movement.
If one or both of those things does not happen enough (i.e. a Poodle has very loose stools), there can be a buildup of this fluid. At that point, if the glands are not expressed (usually done by a groomer or the vet), they can burst open. If this happens, the fluid will flood out and the smell is extremely intense. In some cases, the glands can pop when a Poodle is poo'ing and once he/she comes back inside, the remnants of that will linger and that is when an owner will smell it…. even though the evidence was left outside on the grass.
If you suspect that this is the cause of your Poodle having a bad smell, it will be important to inspect the area. The broken skin will be vulnerable to infection, which will need to be treated with antibiotics.
- With the vulva and the anus being so close together, sometimes a smell from a dog's vagina can be confused with a smell from the anus (and vice-versa). And in some cases, the smell from a Poodle's vagina can be so strong that it lingers on surfaces where the dog sat, rested and/or slept. This may be a musty smell or an odor that could be compared to vinegar or rotting fish. This sort of issue points to one of several health issues: A urinary tract infection (UTI), bladder infection or yeast infection. Each of these will need to be properly treated by the veterinarian with prescribed medication.