I recently inherited a small poodle (20 lbs) when my dad passed away. I promised to care for the dog and I'm doing my best. The problem is the smell. We call it the Poodle odor. I have 3 small dogs and they are all house dogs and are bathed twice a week. The Poodle smells the next day after his bath and I don't know what to do. I can't wash him every day.
It's not a pee or pooh smell, more like the smell of a dog that has not been washed in months. Are Poodles naturally smellier than other dogs? I've thought about spraying him with diluted vinegar. I can't use anything with too much perfume or strong smells because of my allergies. I appreciate any help you can give.
Joyann from Central CA
Poodles are notorious for ear infections, so check that out. I have a teacup Poodle that gets them and needs to be treated for them because of the fold over ears. Bacteria gets in them and then an infection starts up. (01/01/2006)
I would take the pup to the vet's and ask if he needs to have his anal glands expressed. Trust me, this is not something you want to do yourself. Another culprit could be his anxiety about being moved, gas perhaps? (01/01/2006)
How about brushing baking soda or baby powder through his fur every day or so? Those usually help with odor. (01/01/2006)
By Lynn from CA
I would check with the vet.
I had a Poodle for 16 years and did not have a problem with dog odor.
Someone mentioned the anal glands, my daughter's Poodle had that problem. (01/01/2006)
My neighbor's poodle had a terrible odor about him. It turned out to be a rotten tooth. Once the tooth was pulled, the odor was gone.
Do check with your vet. Your dog could have any number of problems, as the ones mentioned above. If it turns out to be gas, try a good "lamb and rice" dog food. Even some "good" dog foods contain a lot of soy and that can stink.
You are super to adopt the dog. Don't give up. (01/02/2006)
They do make doggie cologne and sell it at Walmart. Good luck. (01/02/2006)
I owned a teacup Poodle for years, and when he would get nerves or excited he would sweat. He smelled like old dirty dog. We just used a spray of diluted Poodle perfume. I would take him to vet anyway and see if they suggest something.
I have three Poodles and no problems with odor except in the mouth of the male when we got him. We got his abscessed teeth removed and have had no more problems. You definitely should consider a vet or maybe even a groomer, they may be able to give you some advice that will cost much less. Our groomer does our dogs ears because you do need to keep the hair out of them. (01/03/2006)
Well, a long time ago someone had told me that you can't bathe Poodles too much, because they begin to develop a distinct odor. Maybe that's the problem? (09/08/2006)
Poodles need to be brushed every day and bathed once a week or every 2 weeks. They need their face washed every day as well. When I got my Poodle from the breeder she stunk badly. My Mom couldn't stand the smell, but with bathing and brushing and care she no longer smells. I also pluck the ears once a week. They are a lot of work, but I love her to death. (08/06/2009)
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