Does anyone know some kind of home remedy for a "smelly" dog! I have a Llaso who smells like a gym locker! I can give her a bath and less than a week later she smells. I didn't think it was good to give dogs that many baths but I don't have a choice.
Susan from Conn.
My Lhasa has B.O. too! Try rubbing some baby powder into her fur then brushing it out. (01/10/2005)
I just read that the best way to clean a dog after skunk spray is to use female douche (any scent) I don't see why this wouldn't work for your dog. Best to find out if it isn't medical though. Hope it works, I haven't had to try it yet.
Debbie from Manitoba, Canada (01/11/2005)
Before you decide to try all sorts of fancy shampoos, bring your dog to the vet. Your dog may have allergies that are causing its skin to produce extra oil. Just because your dog's skin and coat look healthy does not mean that it is. (01/11/2005)
Smelly Dog - Vinegar Rinse for Smelly Dog Syndrome
* Bathe dog well in a good dog shampoo
* Rinse thoroughly, get all the soap out
* Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water, wet the dog well with this potion and leave on for 10 minutes.
* Rinse dog well.
* This last step is optional: Use a good show rinse of the type you leave in the coat and towel dry the dog.
My neighbor's old dog always had a foul odor. She constantly bathed him with no lasting results. She took him to the vet and found out that he had a bad tooth. It was extracted and the odor was gone. Apparently when he would on occasion lick himself which would leave the odor on his fur. And like all dogs do, pant when excited which was very offensive. Everyone and her loving pet was happy with the results. (01/11/2005)
I've also read you can wipe them down with a dryer sheet if they are damp to make them smell good, might just dampen the sheet if the dog is dry. (01/30/2005)
I too have a Lhasa who I bathe more often than my other breeds. The odor that comes from a Lhasa is usually due to the eye discharge and/or ear infections. Lhasa's have two different layers of fur and they are thick from end to end including the inside of their ears. They are very prone to yeast and other ear infections which give off foul odors. She visits the groomer on regularly and is kept trimmed short. Keeping her eyes and ears clean between grooming will help to eliminate most of their odors. (02/22/2005)
I have 2 Lhasa Apso's and I am an RN. One of mine developed a smell (the female) I took her to the vet and she had a fungus growing in her ear. He gave me a rinse solution 1 part alcohol to 1 part vinegar to 1 part hydrogen peroxide. It helps clean out the ears. You do it daily until she is better then just weekly. I have to irrigate my females ears with the sprayer also. No problem with my male. Lhaso's also infamously have eye discharge. It is important to wash them frequently. Also my breeder told me to use glass drinking bowls for them. For some reason this cuts down on the eye stains. My daughter uses baby wipes on them after they eat because of their hair, the food can smell. They require a weekly bath anyway because of their fur. I have raised them for years. They are very loving sweet dogs, but they are also a lot of work,but well worth it. Hope this helps. (03/19/2005)
My little princess is also a Lhasa Apso. When I discovered a funky smell it turned out to be an ear infection. I definitely agree with the people who said the vet should be the first stop in figuring out why your dog stinks. If it is something like an ear infection it is very important to have it taken care of right away. I don't recommend masking this, but if it is your dog's coat and skin that stinks you could use powder shampoo and/or pet cologne in the meantime. Just don't forget that it could be something serious and get your sweetie to the vet! :D Good luck! (03/25/2005)
I have a lab. I think they just get smelly as they age. Here are two things I do that help. I brush her a lot. I don't pour fabric softener on her, as someone mentioned. I'd be afraid of how irritating that could be to her skin. But I do launder her bedding regularly and use scented fabric softener sheets. It rubs of on her and she smells quite lovely for a couple of days. (07/28/2005)
If teeth, ears, or impacted anal glands aren't the problem, she may just be musky, and the following might work for you. I have a Jack Russell who is musky and also in the lovely habit of consistently finding something absolutely horrid (dead, rancid, etc) to roll in. Baths were pretty much a waste of time until I started using dish soap for sensitive skin and adding a splash of white vinegar. I usually "rinse and repeat," and though I can't smell the vinegar when she is done, the acidic quality seems to cut, not mask, the foul order. This is probably the secret behind using a douche, as well, but is less expensive. You can add a spoonful of baking soda if that still isn't at least giving you some relief. I also cover my dog's pillow with a plastic bag and then put a washable cover over that, so her general scent doesn't permeate into the stuffing and re-contaminate her. (09/13/2005)
The reason for smelly dog syndrome is simple. Commercial bagged dry dog foods.
The carbohydrate content, the additives and preservatives, the colors and fillers aren't made for a canines carnivorous digestive system. Even the really good brands have as the main ingredient, grains. This is the reason for SMELLY DOG.
The absolute best diet for a dog is RAW MEATY BONES. Chicken, fish, pork, beef, whatever you can get a hold of. I tried it and it simply works. Plus it rids the animal of most rashes and allergies. Google "the RAW diet for canines", "Raw meaty bones" and take it from the people who know. I started using the raw meat diet, and NO MORE SMELLY BULL DOG!
Did you know that Vets rarely get good education at Vet school about canine diet? Did you know that most Vets are trained, at school, by reps from the dog food companies?
Something to think about. (10/23/2005)
I adopted my Lhasa (Hootie, with the stinky bootie, lovingly nick named at my house) from distant relatives after his mommy passed from breast cancer and her husband couldn't stand the constant smell and grooming this little guy requires. The statement was made if no one wanted him, he would put him to sleep. I instantly insisted that my spoiled Pekingese ASHLEY make room for another set of paws around our house. Hootie is called a clean freak as he licks all the time and stays stinky. Even hours after a bath, the smell is quick to return. He has no ear issues and a healthy coat so my search for a cure goes on. I plan to try some of the remedy ideas I have read here tonight. My tip is for the "zero" odor spray . I feel it does a pretty good job of removing odor from the doggie beds but must be repeated more often then I would have expected. (01/09/2006)
By TESSA AROUND VIRGINIA
My husband had an English Bulldog that was allergic to the carpet, and had to have steroid treatment. I would try a food change for bowels, but gradual of course. Maybe switch to canned... Tyrell's is a great all natural food, and helped clear up my dog's dryness (just needed extra oils). In the meantime for scent and itchiness, maybe try some Tea Tree oil, 1-2 Tbls mixed with 8 oz water, and spray on to deodorize and help soothe skin. (03/09/2006)
I have a chow-pom mix dog and he smelled so bad, no one would even pet him. So after reading and trying just about everything... I finally bathed my dog in I cup of vinegar and 1 cup of Joy dish soap. I probably should have used unscented Joy but I used orange scent instead. After I bathed him real well and rinsed him, I took another cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water and I poured that over him. I waited for about 5 minutes and then I rinsed that out and no more smelly dog. It is cheap and it actually works... at least it did for my stinky dog. You could also see that it cleaned my dog much better than a lot of the pet shampoos on the market. I was quite amazed with how clean he was. Hopefully this will help for other readers that have dogs that smell horrible. (04/17/2006)
When you are at home, a bath and hair conditioner can help your pet to smell better. When a male dog goes outside and smells another dog has been in his area, his maleness odor comes out to mark his area. When I go on trips, I take fabric softener sheets with me. You can wipe your dog down and it will remove the bad odor and he smells great again. It also makes his fur soft. This is a wonderful item to keep handy when your dog will be around people, or even just yourself. Try it, you will be glad you did. I like the smell of Snuggles fabric softener sheets, the best. (04/23/2006)
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I've recently started mixing half water and half vinegar(either white spirit vinegar or apple cider vinegar). I first soak cotton balls and clean their ears with it. Then I rinse all their stinky parts with it. The smell goes away instantly!!!
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