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Why Does My Dogs Urine Smell Like Fish?

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Cormac Reynolds answered
It’s highly likely that the smell of rotten fish is actually a byproduct of how your dog’s body chemistry is reacting to a change in their diet. It’s likely that you will have changed the food that you feed your dog recently, and that’s why the urine is beginning to smell differently.

This generally isn’t a common thing to happen to dogs but it’s the most likely reason why the urine smells like fish. Other less common reasons could include a urinary tract infection of the dog or even an anal gland problem. Urinary tract infections will generally cause a dog to have accidents within the house and your canine will frequently urinate with visible blood and small amounts of urine. If this is happening, and the urine smells like fish, then you can near enough be sure that it is a urinary tract infection.

The best thing that you can do when things like this are happening to your dog is to go to your vet. Your local professional will be able to provide you with the very best information and advice to help your dog, meaning that your will be able to provide your dog with the medicine and help that it requires to get better.

A vet will also tell you if they want to check the anal glands. The smell of rotten fish can be associated with the fluid that comes from the anal glands, which are essentially just sacs that are found within the inside of the anus. They secrete a fluid that is usually released when the animal has a bowel movement.

So get in touch with your vet when you see this strange symptom. Your dog’s health relies on your ability to provide the right medicine and treatment, and only your vet can do that.
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Jessica Smith answered
This could indicate the presence of bacteria in the urine.  Strong foul smelling urine is sometimes present in lower urinary tract infections.  Other signs of urinary tract infection include frequent urination, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, and abdominal pain. Another possibility is that the smell is from the anal glands.  Impacted anal glands often have a very strong fishy odour.  You may also see your dog scooting along the ground, or rubbing around the anus.  Your vet will be able to manually empty the anal glands and give immediate relief.


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KR- myopinions answered
Your pup needs to see their vet. It may indicate a urinary tract infection/issue or some other things that need a vet. Might also be something in the food or that they are eating (and on the flip side their body may have difficulty processing certain things) but not worth not knowing if it is a problem. Usually indicates UTI, ect. Or some other issue. Hope it's minor, she's okay and everything is back to normal quickly.
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Anonymous answered
Could be a urinary tract infection. It's not uncommon for urine to smell like fish if you have an infection like that.

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