Why Does My Yorkies Face Stink? (Solved & Explained!)

There are many different things that can cause your little Yorkie to have a stinky face, so the first step is to identify the source of the odor. For bad breath, it could be a dental issue, unless the smell is like rotten meat – which could indicate a more serious viral or intestinal issue.

Smelly eyes could indicate bacterial growth underneath, as can smell facial skin in general, and this will often smell quite similar to a strong cheese. If you smell urine and it’s a fairly consistent smell, your dog might have a urinary tract infection and their getting the smell on their face by overly cleaning themselves.

Finally, these little dogs can sometimes simply get curious and dig around in things that could temporarily stink them up, so try a little doggy soap and a washcloth to clean your dog and see if the smell returns. If it does, it’s time for a vet checkup to rule out anything serious!

For the remainder of this article, we’ll collected questions from Yorkie owners just like you who want to know about different smells and what they mean. Read on to find out what each smell means and what you should do – important details are waiting below!

How do I get rid of my Yorkies Stinky face?

More often than not, your Yorkie is suffering from poor dental hygiene, so the best thing that you can do is get some doggy toothpaste and brush your Yorkie’s teeth from time to time. There are also snacks that can help. Apple and carrots, for instance, brush your dog’s teeth naturally due to their fibrous nature.

If the breath smell persists, however, then your dog might need to visit the vet – it could be tooth decay and you want to get on top of that quickly if this is the case.

Why does my Yorkie face smell like cheese?

A cheesy smell when your Yorkie hasn’t been sharing your macaroni is a good reason for a vet visit. The reason is that this smell is most often the result of a skin infection. Sebum and yeast grow on the skin and that is what you are smelling.

Your vet can help to get it taken care of, so schedule an appointment immediately – you don’t want this to get worse!

Why does my Yorkie smell like rotten meat?

If you are smelling a rotten meat smell consistently from your Yorkie, then it’s definitely time for a vet visit. A rotting meat smell can be the result of dead cells in the intestine and the pungent smell is quite distinctive.

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Get your dog in to see the vet right away if you are noticing this, as this is likely a viral infection that you want to get handled right away!

Why does my Yorkie’s face smell like vinegar?

When your dog smells like vinegar, it’s most often a urine-related issue. Typically, when urine dries, you can smell the ammonia content quite clearly, and it smells a bit like vinegar… as such, you should bring your dog in for a checkup to rule out a urinary tract infection or a similar health condition.

Why does my Yorkie’s face smell like poop?

It could be coprophagia, which is just a fancy word for ‘poop eating’, and if you think this is the case then you can help by keeping an eye out when you walk your dog to make sure that they don’t consume feces and also be sure to clean the back yard regularly.

If it’s an ‘every now and again’ thing, you should also remember that your dog can’t use toilet paper and it might just be from them cleaning themselves. If the smell is a constant thing and even brushing your dog’s teeth with doggy toothpaste doesn’t help, then it might be something more serious and a vet visit is a good idea.

Why does my Yorkie’s nose smell like mothballs?

A mothball type smell might well indicate poisoning and if you happen to have mothballs in the house, be sure to bring the package in with you to the vet.

Older mothballs have a toxic component called naphthalene in them, while newer ones have paradichlorobenzene, and knowing which was ingested can help your vet to treat your Yorkie properly.

Symptoms of mothball poisoning include shaking, excess drooling, vomiting, and even seizures, so be sure to get your Yorkie to the vet right away if you suspect that they’ve eaten mothballs.

Why does my Yorkie have smelly eyes?

Sometimes bacteria growth may occur under your Yorkie’s eyes and this can produce a distinctive smell, rather like cheeses would have. Likely this will be accompanied with teary eyes or even a milky discharge.

Bring your Yorkie in to the vet and they can likely prescribe some eyedrops, cream, and/or oral medications to help quickly clear this up.

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How do I get the gunk out of my Yorkie’s eyes?

Try wetting a washcloth with warm water and gently holding it to the affected area to soften the gunk up a little.

This will usually be enough to wipe it away safely, but if needed you can also add a dash of Yorkie-friendly shampoo or Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo to more thoroughly clean away the eye-gunk from your Yorkie’s face.

How do you clean a Yorkie’s beard?

One of the easiest ways to clean your Yorkie’s beard it to make a little homemade beard-paste. Get some baking soda and mix with a very small amount of water, so that it forms the consistency of a paste, and rub this thoroughly into your Yorkies beard to clean it.

After that, rinse with lukewarm water, and their beard should be clean and devoid of any nasty odors.

How often should Yorkies be bathed?

Once every 2 to 4 weeks is a good bathing schedule for your Yorkie, although you can certainly do it more regularly if you like. The key is making sure that you use conditioner every time. Your Yorkie has hairs, rather than fur, so too many shampoo-only cleaning can dry those follicles out a bit.

So, if you want to give your Yorkie a bath every week or even twice a week, you can certainly do it, just treat their hair like you would your own and give your little one a treat or two for being so understanding about their hygiene!