I need help. I have a golden retriever that is six years old, and lives inside. He is spoiled rotten and groomed often. My problem is somewhat hard to explain so please bare with me. We live on a creek where he loves to swim. I noticed about last summer that after swimming he would smell extremely sour. Just him not my other dog.This year the same thing only difference is after bathing him in shampoo from vet he still smells. The problem is: I can smell his fur, feet, breath, ears and he just smells like dog but if he is around you, you will smell the extreme sour smell. I have tried everything I know. Almost like a stinch that surrounds him and it will continue for some period of time. I am stumped. Someone suggested allergies but I have looked over all of his skin and it is just as pretty white as it can be and he has no scratching or digging problems. If anyone has any suggestions please share. I joined this forum hoping for something.
Foul odor from the mouth can indicate dental or gum disease or digestive problems. (While very common, bad breath is never normal for a dog. A dog with a healthy mouth has sweet breath.) Dull fur, skin irritation or dryness and an overall doggie odor can be from bacterial skin infections, mange, skin parasites or blocked hair follicles. Anal glands are located at the ten and two o'clock positions on either side of the dog's anus. These naturally expel an odiferous substance when the dog defecates. If they become blocked, it can be hard to determine where the smell is originating from and it smells really awful. They need to be expressed and cleaned out. Poor diet can contribute to blocked anal glands.
Food allergies and intolerances can lead to yeast overgrowth. Dogs with yeast build-up in the ear or on the skin often have dull, oily fur and waxy brown debris visible in the ear canal. There may also be a very yeasty smell in the dog's ears. Sprinkle corn starch or baking powder on her coat. Rub it through with your fingers, then brush out well. A spray of white vinegar and water in equal parts helps dissipate a "wet dog" smell quickly. Your dog will stop smelling like a tossed salad once she's dry and the vinegar will not disrupt natural pH of the skin. Also, after bathing your dog, rinse well and finish with a rinse of white vinegar and water. Swimming in the creek, if clean, naturally freshens and softens the coat, as well as being great exercise.
Feed a high quality, appropriate diet. If the doggie odor is due to yeast or possible food intolerances, consider switching to a raw or home-cooked diet, or grain-free kibble. Do your research carefully if considering a natural raw or cooked diet: it is easy to feed this way but it's also easy to do it wrong. We feed raw with a 1/2 cup of kibble per day and it works for us.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.