The Pet Project: Detecting Your Dog’s Health Problems by Smell

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, and can sometimes use smell to detect health problems in humans.

But it turns out that humans can also use scent to identify potential health concerns with their dogs.

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Citing Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Your Dog” NewsletterCarol Erickson, Pennsylvania SPCA animal advocate, shares signs that may indicate it’s time to get to the vet:

  • A dog with diabetes may have bad breath.
  • The smell of ammonia on a dog’s breath can be a sign of kidney disease.
  • Oral tumors and decayed teeth in a dog’s mouth can cause bad breath.
  • A strong odor or a smell of rotting fish may indicate a urinary tract infection, which can be cleared up with antibiotics.
  • Increased or painful urination can also be a sign of a UTI in dogs.
  • If you notice a yeasty smell in your dog’s ear, it could be a sign of a yeast infection.
  • Bacterial infections in dogs’ ears cause this to smell.

Related: Pet Project: Study shows humans can read facial expressions in dogs.

You can watch the full interview with Erickson in the video player above. Stay tuned until the end of the interview to meet some of the animals available for adoption at the PSPCA.

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