My 3 year old female pom is nice and clean (just had a bath this weekend), brushed regularly and does not eat people food. I do give her a few liver treats here and there and she eats Nutro Max mini chunk dog food that I got from Petco. I feel like one minute she smells just fine...and then all of a sudden WHAM! it hits you - that "dog" smell! I don't know if she has gas...or what. Her breath is pretty atrocious as well.
Other than that -I have to say she is just about perfect. But I'm having a bit of trouble dealing with the funky smell.
Any suggestions on helping her to be a better smelling roommate?
LOL...your message gave me an instant visual...I had to laugh...First off...it could be her teeth...small dogs many times need professional teeth cleaning 2 times a year at the vets...and then it could come from the other end of the dog...the anal gland...have the vet or the groomer check it out...but I wouldnt just mess with it just to do it...many times if you start expressing it it becauses an issue...A professional needs to look...Hard stools generally give enough stimulation to keep it working fine...but if not...then you might have to have it looked at...Other then that...dogs generally smell like dogs...cuz they are...lol..I wish you luck with ol stinky...lol
Might be a good place for a stick up...lol...
***Edited By: huronbreeze on 3/30/2005 10:00:01 PM*** Reason: add on
HB, lol~ just WHERE would you have her PUT that stick-up?
Really, the teeth cleaning and anal gland check are the best suggestions as you are feeding a good food, unless there's the rare chance your pup might be sensitive to something in there. The only other suggestion I might add would be to make sure you don't have an ear problem. That can cause a foul odor as well.
I would aggree to have her teeth, anal sacs, and ears checked. All three very good places to harbor bad odor. But once that's checked out and everything is okay, they do make doggie colonge. It's really cute. We sell it at our practice. They are knock offs of some of the name brand perfumes. Very cute!
Give her a greenie once a week and brush her teeth every day. That will help her breath. Like everyone else said, small dogs often times have bad teeth. I have a chihuahua and a pig mix and I brush their teeth everyday & they're very white and clean. For the other smells I guess just do what everyone else suggested & buy some doggy perfume! Good luck :)
If there is some sort of bacterial decay, in the teeth, infection in the ears or anal glands impacted, it's not healthy to let the situation go and cover it up with perfume. Once you'v made sure that all is well and she STILL has a bad case of BO, then go for the perfume!
Most likely the anal gland. Get the dog to a vet and see if it needs draining. At that point the vet can show you how to do it, if your stomach can handle it. To keep the anal gland naturally drained, only feed a good brand dry dog food. The harder stools will keep the gland drained.
Bad teeth can make a dog smell bad too, but it's a different smell than the anal gland. Go see your vet and ask for recommendations, such as teeth cleaning (not cheap but necessary)
Try haveing your veterinarian(medicated bath) or a groomer do a full groom. See if the problem is just your technique, perhaps there is a skin condition that your not catching. With all that hair that would not surprise me. Have the anal glands expressed and have the teeth brushed by you, or have them proffessionally scaled and polished. The bacteria in the mouth can be quite stinky if its left unchecked. What about the ears? are they clean, some ear problems stink to high heaven, especially yeasty infections. When you bath the dog do you clean the whole face as well.
I took her to the vet today....she has a clean bill of health. Her teeth have a little plaque - but not too bad. He said I could use gauze or a toothbrush with some baking soda and it would work just as well as doggie toothpaste. I will try that tomorrow. She doesn't seem to be interested in the greenies.
Also, he mentioned that sometimes dogs push out through their anal glands...it's just something they might do when excited. Or it may be the change in diet - since I'm feeding her different food than the previous owner. Her ears are fine. Other than surgery on the anal glands (which he did not express), there's not much one can do about the stinkiness on that end!
So I guess I'm going to have to hope it improves. In the meantime, I'll be buying her doggie deodorizer, brushing her teeth and holding my breath a lot! She's definitely worth it!