Dog Still Smells After a Bath

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May 5, 2013

I have a 10 month old English Bulldog and 2 days after a bath he stinks my whole apartment up. If you pet him your hand stinks terribly. I am literally sick. I've tried everything that I could think of. If anyone knows of a good home remedy to help get rid of this odor please share. I need some help.

By Ava H.


May 7, 20138 found this helpful

Does he scratch constantly? Does the fur on his head feel greasy? If yes, it sounds like your dog has seborreah which is a genetic problem and horrible to deal with. People would walk in our house and ask "what's that smell". I cleaned constantly and couldn't make it go away. After spending close to $5,000 over a three year period for medications, including steroids, vet bills, medicated shampoos we finally have it under control.


There is no cure. If you find out that this is what your dog has and you would like my advice on how to control it, pls e-mail me back and I will explain it to you. Our dog is a rescue and we love him to death. It is so good to see him no longer scratching.

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November 9, 20151 found this helpful

Our dog is also a rescue and seems to have the same thing. His greasy, waxy place is on his back though. What did you do for it?

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November 16, 20159 found this helpful

Hi, I am having the same exact problem with my peek, no matter what I do, she stinks, constant scratching, and her odor is so bad that it sticks with you. Please help. Ty

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May 31, 20161 found this helpful

Hi. I have a Rhodesian ridgeback mix. I brought him back from Costa Rico. He seems to have this skin problem frequently.


I thought it may be due to the change in environment. We currently live in Sacramento, ca. Any help will be appreciated

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June 14, 20161 found this helpful

My dog does the same thing please help

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June 18, 20164 found this helpful

My dog is half English Bulldog and half lab. We have been using medicated shampoo about every 4 days yet she still smell ands can't stop scatching, what was your magic to help your dog feel better?

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June 30, 20165 found this helpful

Please let me know how you got rid of the smell my dog is 6 yrs old 1/2 rottweiler and 1/2 pitt bull.

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June 30, 20163 found this helpful

What can I do to get the stink off my dog? Do I need different food for her?

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July 1, 20163 found this helpful

She scratches and she is half Rottweiler and half Pittbull, she smells bad even after a bath. What can I do? I love her she will be 6 yrs old on aug 28th.

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August 29, 20162 found this helpful

Answer: My Lhasa apso mix, smelled awful as a puppy and would scratch and eat himself raw. Turns out he is allergic to beef. Make sure you don't give anything that your pup is allergic too. He reeked within hours after a bath. Had ear infections unremitting. Solution was very easy once we figured out it was a beef allergy. No beef treats, no beef canned food, no beef rawhides, no beef hooves, no beef nothing. Try a one ingredient diet. Also used otic solution with hydrocortisone off amazon if there are ear infections, cleared it right up and stopped feeding him what he was allergic too.


For baths, I have since used grandpas tar soap , followed by any conditioner and he now has luxurious gorgeous hair. He smells fine now and his skin is much softer. Switched to Orijen. He is no longer miserable. Make sure noone gives the dog any beef of any kind if that species is the culprit, including hotdogs, bologna, vienna sausages. He once got sick years later and it turns out the chicken canned food from trader joes had beef as an ingredient. Check labels when changing foods. It's probably food allergens.

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August 7, 2010

My dog always stinks. I give him a bath and a day or two later he stinks, what can I do?

By Gina


August 7, 20100 found this helpful

He may have a fine undercoat that won't let him get wet to the skin (we have 2 dogs like that).


The next time you bathe him, put just a very small amount of pine oil type cleaner in the tub, not more than a tablespoon, and that may help keep the odor away longer. The only way I was able to clean the 2 with the fine undercoat, was to shave the hair down, then bathe them.

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August 8, 20101 found this helpful

Try a paste solution of water and baking soda.
It's delicate, softens skin, reduces itching, and rinses clean, and it's super inexpensive. I remember seeing this as a solution for stripping product buildup from (human) hair. A tip from a famous hair stylist.

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August 10, 20100 found this helpful

The dog may be allergic to his food. Try a different food and if it still smells see your vet.


I had a friend that had a Golden Retriever that was allergic to any food with a corn base to it.

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August 10, 20100 found this helpful

I had the problem answer but just as I was about to send it the site timed out. Your dog has sebhorea and you must get a special shampoo or pills which ever your vet recomends after a blood test.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

First I would make sure it's not an organic problem. Check with your vet to make sure there are no underlying medical issues such as disease, allergies, etc. If that is clear, examine your dogs diet. It may be something that you are feeding him is causing an odor.

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June 2, 20131 found this helpful

Your dog may have YEAST...that would make him smell (and itch).
You can checkout Giving my dog that AND giving him a grain free diet has helped us with this issue.

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April 4, 2018

Even after changes in diet and no skin problems, my Yorkie smells bad and has oily hair only 3 or 4 days after a bath. Why? We have also tried 3 or 4 different groomers.


April 9, 20180 found this helpful
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The only thing you need to be sure of with your groomer is that only dog shampoo is used and that your dog is being thoroughly rinsed and dried.

  • It does not appear that Yorkies are noted for having this problem so you should look for an underlying cause.
  • I do not know how long it has been since your Yorkie saw the vet but you should discuss this problem with them over the phone if a visit is not in the near future.
  • On one vet site it was mentioned that oily skin could be caused by something called Malassezia infection which it seems is a sort of fungus infection but can be cured with medication.
  • Here is another link that discusses this (and other) problem:
  • Here is another suggestion:
  • If your Yorkie does not have any sort of skin issue, the best method of controlling the buildup of oil and perspiration is to give your puppy or dog a bath every 3 to 4 weeks.
  • It may be tempting to offer this more frequent - every 2 weeks or even once a week - however too many baths - even with the right, quality products- can dry out the skin which can then lead to other problems.
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August 20, 2015

I wash my dog, an Airedale, once or twice a month. Yet within hours my wife complains that my dog stinks. He has hair, does not shed, and we wash him with pet soap and water in the bath. Still he does get ripe even for me after a few days. Nothing overwhelming, but I can pet him and it stays on my hand. What can I do about a 'hair' dog vs fur dog?


August 20, 20150 found this helpful

Do you "strip" her fur? The soft undercoat of the Airedale terrier traps moisture, oil and dirt.
Airedales do not naturally shed and require a human's help to shed this undercoat.
Here is a good link:

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September 27, 2013

My dog Gizmo, a Shih Tzu, stinks 5 minutes after I give him a bath. I do not know why?

By Tyler


September 27, 20130 found this helpful

It could be that the anal glands need to be emptied, or it could be a yeast situation on the skin.

Here is a video about expressing anal glands in small dogs...

Here is a site that talks about yeast and how to get rid of it by various methods:

Blessings, Robyn

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April 3, 2014

My dog smells a day after being given a bath. I have 3 dogs and feed them high end food.

By Jjp


April 5, 20140 found this helpful

It's possible that his anal glands need to be expressed. When they need to be expressed, it doesn't matter how often you give him a bath, the anal is still giving off the odor. You can do it yourself (look it up on youtube to see how), take him to the vet, or take him to a groomer.

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