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why is my dog smelly??

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Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 10:23:09

She is a great big furry thing who gets covered in mud and/or fox/badger etc poo every day so needs showering off with or without (dog) shampoo depending if just mud or poo too.

Her anal glands are empty (vet checked). It isn't her breath or her ears. The smell isn't permanent but comes and goes and is really unpleasant.

Any ideas/ suggestions?

Hatethis22 Tue 22-Dec-15 10:26:49

Lady bits? All the very necessary washing could be causing infections?

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 10:31:57

No, no infections (was at the vet yesterday re her fatty lumps and had all the obvious things checked out).

antimatter Tue 22-Dec-15 10:34:46

What smells? Her coat, her teeth or her bottom?

Wgat does she eat?

Hatethis22 Tue 22-Dec-15 10:35:32

Ok. If she were a toddler I'd say she'd shoved something up her nose.

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 10:36:18

Nothing I can pin point, I have sniffed her entire body (like a loon)

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 10:37:44

She eats the best finest most expensive bloody organic kibble. And any other crap she can get her paws on of course.

Hatethis22 Tue 22-Dec-15 10:38:48

Was she puzzled or pleased with the sniffing? grin

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 10:40:55

She didn't mind, she's a terribly stoical beast.

Floralnomad Tue 22-Dec-15 10:44:37

My dog had a strange aroma about him earlier this month and when I was trying to work out what was different the only thing was that he was having dog treats from his advent calendar (2 a day) , normally the only dog treats he eats are gravy bones . We got rid of the calendar and the smell has gone ,may be coincidence but who knows .

Hatethis22 Tue 22-Dec-15 10:46:50

Whenever I try to check one dog the other one gets in the way helps.

If she's showing no signs of discomfort and there's no redness or outward sign I don't think there's much you can do.

Mrsunders86 Tue 22-Dec-15 11:07:18

How old is your dog? My oap dog started smelling recently, took us ages to figure out, he'd been peeing in his bed! Bought some puppy pads to put in his bed and increased his baths and he smells fine now..probably unlikely but worth a sniff of the bed!!

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 11:20:50

She's 9, but this smell has been going on for years...

antimatter Tue 22-Dec-15 11:37:46


Mrsunders86 Tue 22-Dec-15 11:40:10

That was my only idea other than the ones already covered...good luck!

Mrsunders86 Tue 22-Dec-15 11:40:55

No, I'm back.. When you say it comes and goes how long does it last for?

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 11:48:13

Good question, it varies and sometimes longer than others and stronger than others.

knobblyknee Tue 22-Dec-15 12:41:46

What does it smell like? Fox poo/doughnuts/4 week old dead squirrel? Could she be rolling in something dead? Or otter spraints?

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 12:59:10

I don't know how to describe it, but it's not one of the poo roll smells. I used to think it was her fur not drying thoroughly but it isn't.

Hatethis22 Tue 22-Dec-15 14:20:36

Is it a damp smell? The sour apple smell of damp clothes that have been left wet for too long?

GnomePhone Tue 22-Dec-15 14:28:33


Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 15:03:38

it's a bit like that hatethis, sort of sharper tho.

No, not feet.

Could it be the oil her skin produces to waterproof her fur?

knobblyknee Tue 22-Dec-15 16:30:58

Wet dog but sharper, comes and goes. That doesnt sound like anal glands, teeth, sebaceous cysts, yeast or licking.
I wonder if she has a bacteria load in her fur? Give her a proper bath with shampoo, dry her off and see what happens.

Warmworm Tue 22-Dec-15 16:58:10

My furry dog gets smelly and I'm sure it's because she gets wet every day (rain, river swimming, rinsing mud off). It's a sort of cheesy smell. I think it's because, even though she does dry eventually, it takes a while and her coat must harbour some fungus/ bacteria or something that likes the damp environment. She has a dense, curly coat.

Only having her clipped solves the smell. A bath works for a day or two but the cheese returns. It can be quite vile! I'm contemplating buying one of those dog drying bags, but they're not cheap.

Hullygully Tue 22-Dec-15 17:14:05

Yes clipping gets rid of it for a while. What do you mean by a proper bath?

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