I have a dog who always smells. I have tried almost every kind of shampoo and nothing works. What can I do? Help.
By jessica4smith from Syarcuse, NY
My Pit bull was scratching himself until he turned red. It started with a food allergy then a yeast infection all over the body. I was talking to my mother who is a nurse and she suggested yogurt but not feeding it to him. I rubbed plain store brand yogurt on his body and let it sit for fifteen. Then I just rinsed him off but did not shampoo. His smell went away immediately and didn't come back. He also stopped scratching. My poor dog finally was able to get some sleep. It really does work and very cheap.
If your vet has given your dog a clean bill of health, then it could just be the dog. You didn't specify what breed you have. Some breeds are more prone to smelling, like but bull dogs, pugs and Boston terriers.
I have been using a product called The Pet Beverage on my dogs since I got them. My first one came from a shelter and had really bad odors. This product is just added to their water or food (I prefer adding a little to their water every time I refill their dish), and it helps with their bad breath and body odor.
My dogs very rarely smell, and if they do, I add more of the Pet Beverage. Sometimes my dog will smell after running a lot in the heat but it goes away fast. I have friends whose dogs smell horrible! I don't even want to pet them, and I am a huge dog person. It is so hard. One is a St. Bernard and that dog always smells. No one has ever told me my dogs smell.
Here is the link to the Pet Beverage product: http://www.adbio.com/pet-beverage.htm
*Don't bathe your dog too much, it dries out their skin.
Does you dog have any hair loss any place on its body? It could be a fungal growth on its skin. My dog, just an good old mutt like me, developed a horrible smell and I would wash her and it would be back within hours. She was scratching herself to death! I finally took her to the vet and it all started out as an allergy to fleas! the fungal infection was secondary. he gave her a shot, and she went on benedryl(no kidding) and I just used the topical generic yeast infection medicine you can buy from wal-mart. My vet and I went to school and college together!
By Eileen M.07/03/2009
Did you get his ears checked? My mom's cockers stink when they get ear infections. Now she knows to check the ears first, and get right on the nasties. Good luck!
By CYNTHIA HELMICK07/01/2009
Wow you got a lot of good advice. I would like to add mine. You need to start with a clean slate, clean and vacuum all of the bedding were your pet lays use the arm and hammer baking soda carpet fresh for pets in whatever scent you like your dog shouldn't care. Shake it on and leave down 5-10mins longer then recommended then vacuum it all up (vacuuming helps with fleas and flea eggs which causes tape worms if the dogs eats either of them which they will because it makes them itch the fleas are attached to their skin and the eggs/larve are attached to the fleas in most cases) do this on everything that is to big to fight in your washer and use warm to hot water treatment is kind of like lice on the heat factor not the chemical factor). Also if your dog goes outside check your yard for the nastiest smelliest things if its dead and long dead your dog is gonna roll in it as dogs especially your bred (I know I have one) will always go back to it especially when your dog is clean and dry, they will make a bee line for it as soon as they hit the door which will be in a dead run.
Believe it or not what is good for a baby is usually good for most animals ie...baby shampoo, baby sunblock etc. you can use it in their face on their eyes and ears just don't flood the ears, and it won't hurt them they won't even feel soapy part, and they love their face being rubbed.
I usually give my dogs 4 shampoos first one for fleas and greasieness starting with the head and working my way down to the anus and back feet being last then the baby shampoo give a good lather with all the shampoo because with the size of your dog by the time you get to the rear, the head is dry or dry suds and you want wet sud/lather, lather again after each type of soap and rinse really really really well (it will make them itch if you don't rinse well) then follow up with a medicated shampoo check with your feed store usually whats good for a horse is good for a dog follow directions on this bottle you want the most of what the product offers, then some sort of foofoo smelling shampoo.
You can check the anul glands google it or check with your vet its pretty easy once you know how to do it just keep your face out of the way. A good game of tug of war with a clean old knot tied sock (i once had a cat who loved peppermint floss) laced with a bit of toothpaste is good to play while waiting for your family member to dry and will help with bad breath.
If he doesn't like the paste just use the sock acts like a floss when played properly. Your dog is still young at 11mths/2yrs to be fully grown he's just starting to fill out so the blood test which in fl is $50 and checks for immunity problems might not tell you how to help him if its even accurate for his age he is still growing and building all those immunities. If he's not itching, and your checking what he's rolling in (outside and inside)keep him and his glands washed and rinsed well every 2 weeks at least (don't wash him in dawn dish liquid unless hes greasey and then rinse really well).
His attitude immunity system and growing spurt isn't finished yet. Any tests you run isn't going to be completely accurate so save him and your money till it does the most good. I bet he's rolling, keep him bathed and rinsed should work let me know. love to my rainbow bridge im gonna be flocked
Thank you all for all your tips. Since my dog is 11 months old and has almost smelled its whole life it I think it might be the food. I am not really sure, but how old where those other dogs that had hypothyroidism, liver problem. I have tried a lot of different foods except Iams and pedigree. oh Do you think the breed has any thing to do about it? It is a black lad/German Shepard mix.
By christine M. Thayer06/30/2009
After you try everything here, they could all help, try spraying a 50/50 mix of water & vinegar, use white vinegar, it is an old fashioned deodorizer.
My sister's dog had an odor problem and they found out it was caused by hypothyroidism. You can have this simple, inexpensive blood test done at your vet.
I had a dog with kind of a rancid butter smell to him. It was finally discovered that he had a liver problem & that created the odor.
By Karen Lawson06/30/2009
See if you can get a groomer to express his scent glands. If that doesn't work, have you tried brushing his teeth? Good luck!
By Sheila A.06/30/2009
Change your dog's diet. Try using the crock pot method of feeding for human-type food (use Google to find instructions and recipes). Either your dog is allergic to some ingredient(s) used or cannot digest something well. A pro biotic like Prozyme that helps him digest his food better may help if you can't change food or brands of food.
Check his back teeth. My neighbor's dog had the same problem. It was really bad. No one wanted the dog near them because of the odor. It turned out to be that he had some teeth that had to pulled because of an infection. When he would lick himself the odor from the dog's mouth was left on his fur. Good luck.
By Terry 06/29/2009
Body odor on animals is from the animals diet not like humans that sweat, try a different diet for your dog ,give it about one and a half weeks and see what he/she smells like .
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