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Posted by: SASHA' S MOM | 2008/11/21

DASCHUND' S SKIN SMELLS BAD CONSTANTLY

OUR 4 YEAR OLD DASCHUND HAS SKIN THAT SMELLS BAD CONSTANTLY. SHE DOES NOT ROLL IN ANYTHING AS SHE IS AN INDOOR DOG &  BATHING HER DOESN' T HELP AS SHE SMELLS JUST AS POOR THE VERY NEXT DAY! IT HAS BECOME EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE AS THE FIRST THING YOU CAN SMELL WHEN ENTERING THE HOUSE IS HER. HER COAT IS BEAUTIFUL &  SHINY SO DON' T THINK THAT IT IS A SKIN PROBLEM? MY HUSBAND SEEMS TO THINK IT COULD BE AS A RESULT OF HER NOT WEEING REGULARLY, AS SHE DOESN' T LIKE GOING OUT IN THE RAIN. PLEASE HELP AS WE ARE DESPERATE!

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Dear Sasha's mom

Dog that smell and have a good coat often have full anal glands that overflow and give the coat a yeasty bad smell. Take her to a vet and have the glands emptied once a week for a start to see if it makes a difference. Shampoos like F10, pyoderma, pyostat all work well but sort the anal glands first.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/11/22

You don' t say what the smell is of. Is it urine? Is it faeces? Is it something else?

She may well have a skin condition - look up malasezzia on Google to find details of at least one possibility.

On the other hand - if she' s an indoor dog and is perhaps hiding the fact that she' s widdling by widdling on her blanket, then there would be another possible answer. A dog that isn' t ' weeing regularly'  has a problem, anyway... rain or no rain.

Excessive bathing may in itself cause skin problems - depending on what soap/shampoo you use, you' re stripping the natural protective oils out of the coat and skin, and making the dog vulnerable to various bacteria.

If the smell is so bad that it' s the first thing you notice in your house, I' d suggest maybe a vet visit would not come amiss.

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