Dogs come with all sorts of smells and odors. Think of what your fur baby smells like after he’s been out in the rain! It’s not a bad smell, but it’s definitely a wet dog smell that’s common to our canine friends!
But what if you happen to notice your dog’s urine smells like rotten eggs? It can happen and can be a sign of something that needs to be checked by the vet.
Does your dog’s pee smell like rotten eggs? Are you worried your dog could be 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 rotten eggs and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!
What Would Make a Dog’s Pee Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
The smell of rotten eggs is quite distinct. They usually have a very strong sulfur smell, which is quite foul. If your dog’s pee smells like this, then he may need to be checked by the vet.
Urine can smell like rotten eggs for different reasons. For one, it’s possible the dog may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). This is one of the most common reasons a dog’s urine may become very stinky. UTIs are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi that the immune system’s not able to fight. As it progresses, the infection may cause urine to stink and/or even become bloody.
Bladder or kidney tumors are conditions that can cause urine to smell foul in dogs. A tumor may grow in the bladder wall, which may cause bleeding and a foul odor.
Bladder or kidney stones can also cause urine to smell like rotten eggs. The issue here is the stones can move around inside the bladder or kidney, causing tears in the tissue. These tears can become infected, which creates a foul smell and possibly bleeding, too.
Symptoms of UTIs/Bladder & Kidney Issues
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has a UTI or a bladder/kidney condition:
- Pale gums
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Uncoordinated movements
- Blood in urine
- Increase/decrease in drinking/urination
- Urine with a foul smell (may smell like rotten eggs, etc.)
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, then it’s time to call the vet. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms will improve. Chances are they will not improve, and your dog will end up with a more serious condition that’s more difficult to treat.
The key with these types of health issues is to see the vet as soon as possible. Not only will your dog feel (and smell) better, but you may just save his life, too!
TomTom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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