Have you ever noticed that your dog has his own scent? When you snuggle with him, you notice his smell right away. Most of the time, that smell is lovable and livable. But what happens when you notice a new smell coming from your dog’s urine?
Has your dog’s urine started smelling like garlic? Are you worried this could be a sign your dog is sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog develops this type of symptom.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what can make a dog’s pee smell like garlic and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!
What Makes a Dog’s Pee Smell Like Garlic?
What on earth can make a dog’s pee smell like garlic? Well, there are several different reasons this could be happening. In this section, we’ll take a look at the most common causes of stinky urine in dogs.
One of the most common causes of stinky urine in dogs is a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI can be caused by either an overgrowth of fungi or bacteria anywhere in the urinary tract. The infection can result in smelly urine and more.
A dog’s urine may also smell bad due to dehydration. When a dog doesn’t get enough water to drink, this means there’s not enough water in his system to excrete waste products from the body. This is where the kidneys come in. They work to filter out all the toxins and waste products from the bloodstream. They then excrete these waste products into the urine. If there’s not enough water to create urine, then the urine becomes more concentrated with waste products. This can lead to foul-smelling urine.
Other issues that can cause bad-smelling urine include diet (such as eating asparagus or fish), kidney or bladder stones, kidney problems, metabolic disease, and more.
As you can see, it can be difficult to know what’s really causing your dog’s urine to smell like garlic. If your dog is having these problems, then it’s time to see the vet.
Symptoms of UTIs & Other Conditions in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has a UTI or another condition making his urine smell like garlic:
- Blood in urine
- Urine with a foul smell (may smell like garlic, etc.)
- Pale gums
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Uncoordinated movements
- Increase/decrease in drinking/urination
If you notice any of these symptoms in your, it’s time to call the vet. Your dog needs to be checked for health issues that could be causing his urine to stink.
The good news is that most issues that cause smelly urine are easy to treat. So, your dog should be feeling & smelling better in no time!
KimKim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.
Review symptoms, medications & behavior to keep your pets healthy with a Vet Online in just minutes.Ask a Vet Live Now