Yorkie Has Oily Smelly Fur Soon After Bathing?

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.


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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.
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  • Here is another link that discusses this (and other) problem:
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  • 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.
January 12, 20220 found this helpful

It is known thatYorkies have this issue. I have 2 they both have it all the meds and expensive food did not cure them. Anti fungus shampoo is all that helped my dogs.

January 25, 20220 found this helpful

Hey Jambolt...we've just inherited, a 14 year old YORKIE, and she has ITCHY SKIN and her FUR/SKIN,is extremely OILY & more thing...she SMELLS BAD...even shortly after, a BATH!!! PLEASE TELL ME, WHAT KIND of SHAMPOO, do you USE, for your BABIES??? WE NEED HELP!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!




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April 4, 20180 found this helpful

He may have allergies or a skin condition. Ask the vet for advice.


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April 6, 20180 found this helpful

When you say he has no skin conditions does that mean none that you can see or the vet says he has no skin conditions? Many skin and metabolic conditions that dont show may have an odor. You need to see the Vet. You will learn a lot more there than at the groomers.

March 28, 20192 found this helpful

PUT CORN STARCH in a shaker bottle and shake across your pet, and brush or rub in. This is 100% safe and it works! It absorbs moisture, calms itchy skin, is GREAT to use as a dry bath, and is SUPER INEXPENSIVE. There is a lot of truth in NOT bathing your dog TOO often.


If you take up doing this, you most likely WILL end up with a stinky dog. Frequent bathing most often just makes the problem worse, in that eventually, it will smell the next day, or two days later.


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