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linky123
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We got a new puppy a couple of months ago and she's a bit of a stinker.

We bathe her, but it only helps for a day or so.

I have read that sweet potatoes, coconut oil, or raw egg added to the diet can help.

Have any of you guys tried any of the above (or anything else) and if so, did they work?

Thanks.

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The concern for any living creature with a raw egg: risks for food poisoning are just too dangerous.
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This comes partly from how effective for body odor drinking a green juice was for me at one time. Chloroyphyl. (sp?)-- and that comes from green plants./

Lots of possibly good hits from a Google Advance search with: "Do dogs eat vegetables?" Here is just one that looks promising.

The reason I go right to this question is that if the bowels are not moving out all the metabolic waste, body odor is just one sign of that. And I know humans require plant fiber as the main substance to move out waste.

http://thepetstaurant.com/

The PetStaurant - The Difference Real Food Makes

Great informational links here.


http://thepetstaurant.com/all-faqs/do-dogs-eat-vegetables/

Do dogs eat vegetables?

That is a big YES! Dogs do eat vegetables (and fruits), and these types of foods should be incorporated into a dogs diet in order to keep him healthy. . . .
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From my own experience before I found out I had celiac . . . body odor was terrible, even after a shower. Since being gluten free, I'm a breath of fresh air. Just ask anyone!

If a creature consumes something that churns and causes trouble & stagnation in the gut, odor will very likely move on through, even through the skin.


http://dogtorj.com/what-is-food-intolerance/gluten-intolerance/

DoctorJ - GLUTEN INTOLERANCE & PETS

I find his site to be very good. You will also many other hits from a web search for: gluten, dogs
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Last thought: personal grooming products that may be keeping the dogs skin from breathing?

Again, from my own experience with that, any synthetic clothes or personal care products (soaps, lotions) do that for me. I stick with only those that are petroleum free.

Of course your dog is not wearing acetate or spandex tops, yet the products a dog wears that are invisible may (?) cause odor by not allowing proper ventilation, so to speak.

Some can also be toxic and create body odor from the body trying so hard to clear that out.

This is not at all implying you are doing that but we just may not know. And so many fabrics, many of our domestic textiles are loaded with toxic chemicals. They don't advertise this so it takes a bit of detective work.

If your dog has bed, a blanket, whatever, be sure that's not doused with formaldehyde or flame retardants. It will seep into the dog and then the dog's body has to work so much harder and may not be able to keep up with total odor control.

Be careful of products claiming to control odor. They can add to the toxic mix, too, and be counterproductive if not truly nearly straight from nature like cedar chips (if the dog and you can handle those -- but many people with MCS can't).
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Great ideas Keebler!

Linky-does the dog have floppy ears? Could it be ear infections?

Or, if it is a smaller dog, could it be leaking anal glands?

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Floppy ears! I did not learn what I should have when I did have a dog, I sure know that now. That was long before the web made learning so easy and fun, though, but I'm sure good books existed then, as they do still now.

The ears sure could explain a few things about a beagle I once had. But he also loved rolling around outside in all kinds of stuff. Good thing he tolerated "showers" and thank goodness for those extended hoses.

KIDNEYS

Backing up, and you've probably already checked to be sure kidney function is alright - water intake, output is good.

And getting enough exercise so that there's no stagnation allowed to set up in the body tissues. Doggie massage could also help move stuff along and be enjoyable for you both. When your done, have the doggie "walk" on your back, eh? Their paws sure can kneed those tender points!

Be sure to be in communication with your vet. They may have other good ideas and some very specific to your dog.
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greta, I don't think it's any of the above. She was recently checked out by the vet and she's healthy.

It's just the garden variety doggy smell.

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When you say "garden variety doggy smell" , can you elaborate on the smell more please? Well, here is an answer that I hope can help you from my past mistakes when I didn't wash my dogs in the way to keep them from smelling like a cleaner wet dog smell. [Wink]

We have four dogs and it has been quite the challenge to keep them clean, tick free, and one of them have hair that can get into matts..like a terrible tangle. All of our dogs are adopted and mixed with something.

But I found a few things that made a huge difference for us:

1. Instead of just towel drying your doggy and let he or she air dry the rest...I can still smell that sort of wet doggy smell but not as bad.

2. Oh, I should have said this first. Make sure to brush your doggy first. Hopefully, you'll be able to get a bunch of hair and what's left is what you will be washing and it's easier to wash.

3. Make sure to get an organic dog shampoo. If you go to a private pet store, they should have a section for dog shampoos and conditioners that don't contain any chemicals.

I'll try real quick to look for the one we have been using. The smell lasts and it smells so good! I couldn't find it but will post the name later.

I think it is Earth's Best and comes in a couple difference natural smells (like oils of the plant)..etc. It is a combo, both shampoo and conditioner, but it doesn't weigh their hair down.

4. Extremely important! Your doggy must get blow dried. Those groomers use the big blow dryers and they are very noisy.

I would fist let your pup get use to hearing the sound of it (maybe it is already) and then hold your doggy on a towel in your lap and make sure the heat is not too hot...just warm..

Blow drying makes a huge difference! I pet and rub our dogs when I am blow drying them. I also give them treats. I'll put the blow dryer on my hair

(I don't know, trying to get them to think, "oh, this is a game.." but I am sure they are way too smart and look at me like a crazy lady.

Last but not least, the pet stores (smaller owned ones usually have a healthier variety) sell a "spritzer"..I don't know what it is really called.

The one I have is enzyme based, so I feel that it will be working naturally and not just covering up any smells (especially the nice newly shampoo'd one, which smells amazing).

But after your pup is all blow dried and if it has long hair, brush it one final time..(get a couple cotton balls to absorb any water or moisture that may have gotten in their ears and wipe them out).

Then, (and our dogs do not like this) I take the spritzer and just spray them near their rear (not on it), just a little bit on their tummy and back..

then I spray some in my hands and rub their adorable faces with it and give them a big hug and treats or a special big treat.

I hope some of that long explanation made some sense. And remember to add your tick/flea prevention (each one will say on the directions how long to wait after a bath).

I think it is better absorbed when the dogs skin oils come back up to the surface.

Good Luck!!! Don't forget to wash the bedding too at the same time because your doggy will want to roll all over the bed (and keep your puppy in for a while because it will want to roll in something stinky outside)... [woohoo]

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QUIETER BLOW DRYERS . . . I had to replace mine last Christmas and it took hours of research as my previous model was no longer made.

I will be back with the three that I found to be safe. Most are not. Most will cause hearing damage to any creature with ears.

Of course, on LOW, some models are okay. Check yours out now to see if low is really low . . . you can wear hearing protection (you should) but pets cannot.

Even some pet blow dryers are very loud. I even explored one that was named quiet but the decibels are off the charts. It's important to try to find the decibel rating.

Blotting with a viscous towel first that will suck the moisture out more than a regular towel, then fluff lightly with a very wide tooth comb if possible will cut down on drying time.

I will be back with the models I found to be in a safe decibel range for humans, not sure about pets -- but it may be tomorrow.
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I don't really know any other way to describe it other than 'doggy'.

It's not like something died, or leaking anal glands (that must smell really nasty).

It's not infected ears. It's just her; it's on her coat. When I pet her, my hand stinks.

As I said, she smells much better after a bath, but it doesn't last.

My other dog smelled too after we first got him and I changed his food, which made all the difference.

Believe it or not, it was Science Diet that made him stink, so we changed to Natural Choice and he smelled much better.

I have tried three different foods with this dog, but it hasn't helped.

Maybe we need to blow dry and spritz.

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What breed it the doggy? Do you brush him? Some articles said overabundance of dead hair stinks.

When my doggies go to doggy day care they are spritzed with
Fresh 'n clean by Lambert Kay. I bought some and I spray a towel and then rub it over the pups.

Sometimes their breath is horrid. I brush them a bit more regularly and it resolves.

Sure the pup isn't outside rolling in other stinky stuff?

Sorry, that is no fun. Bernie, the puppy, was having anal gland problems and could clear the room. But as you said, that is a distinctive odor.

Keep us posted.

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My Doggy's body odor stopped when I changed her food. She now eats food WITHOUT any grains!!!

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Just talked to a friend of mine who runs a professional pet walker, sitter business.

About hair dryers and pets, she says her training emphasizes NOT using a hair dryer on pets. Not so much because of noise (which could damage ears . . . and she's never found a quiet enough hair dryer for pets, anyway) . . .

but because the heat so easily burn their tender skin and dry it out. So, that's a thought to consider.

And, if a dryer is used and they have any kind of lotion on first, that can be like oil to an oven, making the heat of the dryer burn them more easily.

Of course, the low setting would be best if one is still going to try, holding it far away from the pet and remembering that what's hot to our skin is not the same as to what they may feel.

I still have not dug out my detail about the quietest hair dryers but the one through Sharper Image that had a tested decibel rating is the top one to consider. Still, it may be too much for some pets for many reasons.

I forgot to ask her about the smelly issue, though, sorry. Lots of good replies above, though.
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FAN? I just thought that maybe a fan would be enough to help them dry better, after an initial blotting of moisture with a chamois - maybe a very, very wide tooth or loosely "toothed" brush (or your fingers) to gently work through & fluff while the fan is doing its magic.

It's really more the wind than the heat that dries, anyway. Sadly, though, even the "cold" shot or cool setting on a hair dryer is usually very loud. Fans are much safer for ears.
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DogsNCats.. I bet that is true about dead hair being stinky. I kept my border collie really clean and he (seriously) never smelled bad.

I do know that cocker spaniels stink... at least the ones I've been around.

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My male Springer can really get the male doggy smell going, he is only one year tho. So he is more active and getting into things.

He is the one that leaves fur bunnies all over. I brush him but nothing comes out, even with the furminator....

I am fanatical about washing bedding, getting them bathed, couch covers, etc. I brush their teeth as well as I can. Their ears I try and keep clean.

But they are dogs......and some times they stink.

Question linky- do others notice the smell? My nose was on super hound when I was sick....

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Even if your nose is a "sensitive" nose, if you smell it, it's there. Although, you are also "on the lookout" so it may not even register on others' radar.

Ventilation may be all you need if you have company over on a day where your dog is just "marginal" on the aroma meter.

I'm very sensitive to aromas but I never smell anything that is not there. Others just may not have the same reaction or intensity that I experience, though. But that is mostly about chemicals (scents, cleaners), exhaust, etc. that seem to really "hit" my brain.

Natural bad odors tend not to "hit" my brain but I might gag more readily, with a visceral body reaction whereas someone not so sensitive may not have that full body reaction.

Hope some of the ideas work for you / doggie dear.
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dogs and keebler, I can smell an ant fart a block away, so what bothers me might not bother most people.

I have been giving the dogs coconut oil for the past few days and I think it is helping.

Just scrubbed out their kennels and mopped the floor since we have company coming today.

Putting on a pot of coffee does a pretty good job of masking the smell when I don't have time to be OCD about cleaning.

And I love the smell (and taste) of coffee [Smile]

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Turn on the oven to 200

Place a small baking dish with a couple of Tablespoons of
Vanilla

Turn off oven and leave just slight cracked

Helps make the kitchen smell great.

Forgive me healthy eaters: buy the fridge ready to bake cookies....bake them...they smell good and kids like them.

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