My 5 mo old goldendoodle developed a fishy or iron smell about 2 weeks ago. Having googled everything, I figured it was probably the anal glands. Took her to groomer 1 week ago today and they said her glands were full and they expressed them and groomed her. Next day smell is back. It's not just around her back, it's everywhere that you put your nose around to smell her. Took her to vet last Friday. Vet tech said there was a little fluid in there and they expressed them again. They sprayed a little deod on her butt. In a few hours, smell back. She has been examined by the vet and otherwise seems very healthy. Is eating well and acts fine. I even tried a more natural food with venison and sweet potatoes. Her stool is not loose at all. No butt scooting, but the smell is awful...help!
I assume her ears and skin were checked for infection? Is it possible that the smell could be coming from any discharge or staining around her eyes? Or maybe food or water making that smell around her mouth, like getting trapped in her beard? My next guess would be the food. As weird as it may sound I had a dog many years ago who developed a whole body odor due to the food I was feeding him. We checked everything on him and couldn't find a reason for the odor. I switched his food as a last ditch effort and the smell went away.
Yes, she's been checked for everything. The smell seems definitely anal gland smell. Strange thing is that it's all over her. I'm going to try small amount of pumpkin to firm up her stools. If the poop isn't firm enough, it doesn't cause enough friction to self express those glands.
Hi, You said that you took your dog to the vet and it sounds like you did everything to try to figure out what is going on. I would have your dogs ears checked because if they are infected, they can develop a nasty smell; If they are not infected, baby powder, the kind in the pink plastic bottle, can help with the smell. (sorry I forget the exact name). I would have the vet do a complete blood work-up. Good Luck.