Can I take my dog to the vet because he smells funny?

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IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:00:40

For the last few days I’ve noticed this horrible smell off my dog. It isn’t a farty dog smell. He hasn’t rolled in anything. I’ve checked him all over and there are no cuts or anything clinging to him. The smell seems to be coming from his head but I can’t pinpoint where from exactly. It doesn’t appear to be from his mouth or ears. It’s just there. I can’t exactly describe other than to say it doesn’t smell healthy.

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Stormwhale Mon 15-Oct-18 20:03:24

Could it be a skin yeast infection smell?

Wolfiefan Mon 15-Oct-18 20:03:40

Is he otherwise well? No lumps or bumps? Eating ok?
Teeth or ears would be my first guess.
Age and breed?

Haint Mon 15-Oct-18 20:06:31

Is it his flea treatment? Ours always honks after he’s been de flead

IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:06:36

He’s an 8 year old golden retriever. Eating and behaving as normal, doesn’t appear to be in pain when walking or eating, or chewing his toys. I can’t feel any lumps. His skin is harder to see under all his fur but I haven’t noticed any scratching.

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IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:08:53

He had his flea treatment (advantage spot on) last weekend but it’s the same one he always gets and ive never noticed this smell before.

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Sleepthief Mon 15-Oct-18 20:09:06

Like Haint, my dog always smells unpleasantly weird for a few days after the flea treatment...


Wolfiefan Mon 15-Oct-18 20:09:54

Hairy in ears? Could be an ear issue?

BiteyShark Mon 15-Oct-18 20:12:10

Why not just ask for a general check up and explain why. Given that dogs can't tell us when there is something wrong and the only things we can go on are subtle signs like this I don't think any vet would think it was strange plus at his age it can't hurt to have a bit of an mot.

IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:14:22

Yes I think I will bitey it won’t hurt to give him the once over.

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Disfordarkchocolate Mon 15-Oct-18 20:14:30

Could be their teeth. Our dog had no sign of illness but an awful smell. £800 vets bill later, teeth needed removing.

IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:15:54

Eeep £800!

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Wolfiefan Mon 15-Oct-18 20:16:02

Could even be something stuck up nose.

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 15-Oct-18 20:17:17

@IStandWithPosie We had to pay some in installments!

IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:17:23

If I was to guess wolfie, I would say its that “something’s stuck somewhere” smell. It’s horrible.

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GreyHare Mon 15-Oct-18 20:18:38

Is it a strange fishy smell as it could be anal glands, it's a really unpleasant foul rotten fish type smell, my bitch has issues and pongs but the vet gives them a quick squeeze and she's all back to normal.

bobstersmum Mon 15-Oct-18 20:18:40

Could you be pregnant op? My sense of smell goes crazy when I'm pregnant and I smell things no one else can!

Wolfiefan Mon 15-Oct-18 20:18:48

Yuck. Best get it checked out before serious infection sets in then. If only they could talk. wink

totallyliterally Mon 15-Oct-18 20:19:53

Our spaniel has a really hideous smell from her head. Couldn't locate it but thought eats inside and got some ear stuff from the vets.

After an evening of mainly squirting it around the living room trying to get it in her ears I left it.

Spent a weirdly long amount of time sniffing her again and it wasn't from inside her ears but realised it was the bottom & under of her long ears where she swims and then they are dragged about in god knows what on walks.

When I bathed her I shampooed her fur and hair (I had always avoided them and her head) and that solved it. For us was just the build up of grot and then lake water not getting air under her ears to dry and just getting grim.

No issues since then

ThePlatypusAlwaysTriumphs Mon 15-Oct-18 20:22:04

Check: ears ( get a good sniff!) Lip folds ( common source of smell!) Breath/ teeth (dogs will eat even with the most rotten teeth)

Is it a fishy smell? Could be anal glands!

I'm a vet and I get lots of "funny" smelling dogs presented to me! Always a challenge grin. Your vet will be used to it!

IStandWithPosie Mon 15-Oct-18 20:26:19

It’s not fishy. I can’t even say what it does smell like. Other than when my DC get that “i’m Going to throw up in the landing at 3am” smell that makes me say “oh great”. It’s a bit like that. But stronger.

I’m definitely not pregnant. (Goldie boy is the only man for me wink)

Thanks platypus i’ll have a good check around him.

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ThePlatypusAlwaysTriumphs Mon 15-Oct-18 20:47:00

Oh, and I've also seen some rotting bits of stick stuck between teeth! Quite intrigued now....

FinnegansWhiskers Tue 16-Oct-18 01:45:05

I have a cross breed. I haven't yet come across any stinky whiffs or physical or physiological problems. Thank goodness for cross breeds eh? (Awaiting backlash from those with purebreds who bought them from a lovely couple, living in a lovely, tidy home. Because, you know, breeders who introduce their puppies in a show home are the best..... 🙄

BiteyShark Tue 16-Oct-18 06:08:17

FinnegansWhiskers odd thread to try and start an argument about pedigree versus non predigree dogs. Typically people who don't notice odd whiffs don't tend to post about whiffy dogs.

ThisIsTheFirstStep Tue 16-Oct-18 06:19:23

I'd take him, it could be teeth, ears,nose or some kind of skin infection.

In the case that it's not anything like that and it's just a general dog aroma, we have started giving our dog coconut oil in his food (a teaspoon a day) and it works really well to keep him unstinky. I don't really know why, but it stops his coat getting matted too.

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