I have a maltese puppy who is six months old and weighs four pounds and probably won't get much bigger. She is adorable, and I get her bathed every week. Every part of her smells perfect...except those darn tears!! And they smell awful. When I bring her home from getting her bathed the smell is gone for a while but the next day it is back. I wash her face every day, but I cannot get rid of that smell. She is healthy in every way, has regular vet visits, has had all her shots.
But that smell.................!!!! Does anyone have any suggestions or any idea what it is?
My cat has it often too. We find it comes usually after eating . . . The smell you might want to wash daily and make sure it dousn't harden or it will stink and you won't be able to get rid of it. . .LOL Sorry probaly wasn't much help. . .
I am with celest on this one it is the tears that smell, my bosses Maltese's mouth as no oder at all th smell is from the tearstains. She has had different foods, ad has her face washed often yet it stil smells really awful.
I am sorry but you do sound like a know it all considering you have never met this dog. The smell is not her teeth, or the fur aroud her mouth is it from her eyes, she is sitting by me right now, and I double checked it is from her eyes.
She was just at the vet, her teeth are coming in nicely he said, she is just 6 months old, and done her first heat. Not my dog so I can not spay her. You can put your nse by her mouth and smell less than normal dog breath, her mouth does not smell much at all. But if tey do not wash her eyes at least a few times a day the fur round her eyes smells very bad. The tear stains are about 1/4-1/2 an inch long, and that is where the smell originats from.
If you ask your vet for recommendations, or even do some Google searching, you will find that there are products out on the market specifically geared towards helping with tears AND the odors that may accompany them.
Not every dog is the same and since you're the one that lives with the dog, you're likely going to know where the source of the odor is, but in addition to having the teeth checked, I'd also have the vet make sure that there isn't an eye infection of any sort prior to using any products. Chances are that there's absolutely nothing to worry about, but like my mother always said, better safe than sorry.
***Edited By: Lorrix on 12/2/2006 6:21:04 AM*** Reason: spelling
I'm no expert, but, I think it is from the red yeast that is growing in the tear stains. You need to kill the yeast. I have a Bichon Frise who gets tear stains..but no smell at all, thank goodness. The only product I have found that works is Angels glow. It has a mild antibotic in it that kills the red yeast.
I would have the vet check her out for blocked tear ducts, which will produce more tears..then more staining. You will also get more stains during the time when they are teething.
Thank you everybody......however it is not from her teeth or her mouth area at all. It is definitely the tears. She is at the grooomers right now getting her bath and I did ask them. They said it was normal and recommended a product that they use called Eye Envy. Of course I rushed to the nearest store that sells it.
I will upload (?) a picture sometime...only problem is I am not computer savvy enough to do it myself so I need to get a friend to do it for me.