I'm very worried because my whole family finally decided on a dog we liked and I hope we can get it even if it smells. Please tell me as much as you can, mostly about the odor. Thanks a lot.
By Maureen from Miami, FL
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By marisa 01/31/2010
I have had Poodles my entire life.You must keep the hair pulled out of the ears or they will get not only smelly but infected.It's not hard,use a pair of tweezers(make sure they are rounded tips until you get the hang of it).As you and the new puppy get use to it you can actually use your fingers for a lot of it but will still need to get the inside hairs.
The biggest reason Poodles have an odor is the eyes.
They are known "runners. "Wash the face with baby shampoo or baby wipe.Also keeping the hair cut away from the eyes is a big plus. If it's stuck in the hair it's going to smell worse.nIt's not bad as it might sound. A little time and effort is all it takes. Also, keep the hair cut out from the pads of it's feet. If you will be dealing with a groomer they can take care of the ears and feet when it's clipped.
Also a lot of them empty anal glands now days also. Good luck and please don't allow any of these comments to intimidate you. It's not hard, promise! I got to the point that I clipped on my own and actually scissor cut the entire dog after she got to many of the old ages spots to run a clipper over. They are wonderful dogs and a very good choice. Best wishes to you.
By Brie 01/27/2010
I've worked at an animal hospital for 10 years and I have not experienced horrible odors specifically with poodles. I can give you some incite though! I first concur with glenn's mom poodles do have a tendency to hold moisture in their ears from hair which causes the natural yeast that we all have on our bodies to go out of control which causes an odor. But with basic hygiene maintenance this shouldn't be an issue.
With that sometimes we do see at the animal hospital a poodle or any dog with longer hair for that matter, that hasn't been groomed or even brushed. Certain breeds need more grooming than others and poodles are one. Now you don't have to get a poofy cut but regular trims, whether you do them or bring them to a professional is needed. With regular grooming ears would be taken care of as well. However never chalk up a bad smell to "just" ears. Any new or strange smell that doesn't go away with a bad should be seen my a vet.
Skin infections can cause odors in any breed of dog. Skin and ear infections can be painful, uncomfortable, and costly if not taken care of quickly. One other thing I'll mention some times bad odor can come from the mouth, People chalk it up to old age but there have been tremendous moves in pet dental care. Small dog breeds, including poodles, can have more dental issues because their teeth are squished into a smaller mouth.
There a bunch of preventative care measures that you can do to keep their teeth clean and their breath fresh. And again with any new, horrible odor from the mouth should be checked out by a vet because it could be a tooth abscess (pus filled pocket) or a cavity. Both which can be painful and cause the animal to stop eating. Also any infection from the mouth can drain and/or seep into the blood stream affecting all major organs. To wrap it up poodles don't smell or stink anymore or less than any other well loved well taken care of pet!
By Judi 01/26/2010
In my experience, the smell coming from poodles is related to the ears. If you check out their ears you'll see they're very hairy. Groomers pluck the very inside of the ears. This doesn't seem to really hurt but can sort of disturb (scare?)them. A groomer also will usually shave the rest of the inside (floppy part) of the ears. Vets have products for cleaning and drying ears. I don't really know about home remedies for this. Floppy eared dogs have this problem, not just poodles.
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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.
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