dog toy

What is that smell?



the Source of

Foul Odor

in Your Dog’s Chew Toys


 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Dogs use their senses of smell and taste to process external stimuli, so providing your pooch with chew toys will often eliminate his desire to ruin furniture and other household items by redirecting his natural instinct. Most dogs have that favorite toy – you know the one – that has been torn, is dingy from dirt, has a broken squeaker, and produces a rather pungent odor – but it’s still your pooch’s absolute favorite. Once Fido has a favorite, the consequences are not sweet sometimes. Over a period of time, chew toys may develop a sour or rotten smell which is hard to remove with a simple cleaning. The smell itself may not be the fault of the dog toys or the result of frequent use, but due to the presence of a medical condition in your dog, such as:

  • Bad Breath
    • Bad breath, or halitosis, is the result of a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, lungs, or gut. And, believe it or not, the smell from your pooch’s bad breath can remain on his chew toys. Persistent bad breath can indicate that your dog needs better dental care (dental or gum disease is a concern for dogs), or that something is wrong in his gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys. In all cases, halitosis is a red flag that should be investigated by your veterinarian.


  • Intestinal Worms or Infection
    • If a dog has worms or an infection, his energy levels and appetite will both be too low for him to engage in play activities. A sudden lack of attention to chew toys, particularly his favorite, may be an indicator of a serious health problem.


  • Injury and Obstruction
    • Cuts, abrasions, abscesses, and foreign objects lodged in the mouth may create infections, causing intense itching and discharge for your pooch. If that is the case, most dogs will actually chew harder on their toys to relieve the pain, leaving an odorous residue on them. If you notice your dog obsessively and more aggressively chewing on his toys, and smell an odor emanating from them, check his mouth for any noticeable injury and take him to the vet if needed.


After addressing your dog’s health issues (if there are any), check his chew toys for excessive rips and tears that expose the inner material and may produce an unpleasant odor that simply can’t be washed away. As difficult as it may be for Fido to bid adieu to his favorite toy, he’ll likely forget his woes during a trip to the pet store to pick out a new favorite!



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