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  • Wet dog smell?

    How do you get rid of it? I bathed my dog today. I gave her 2 soaps, used a mini curry comb to scrub, and a several very good rinses, toweled-dry a lot of the wet coat, and furminated (is that really a word?). Well, gave her a good brushing with the Furminator brush.

    Anyway, how do you get rid of the wet doggy smell? Is it the shampoo I'm using, or maybe I should say not using. I used the Corona Shampoo that I use on the horses but I do dilute it some.

    Am currently in the process of washing ALL 5 dog beds and 2 throws so she just has the 8' couch in the family room to lie on, poor dog. (now where is that sarcasm emoticon?)

    Any suggestions for maybe a different shampoo or just wait until she dries?

    FYI-she's an Australian Cattle dog-possibly a mix, definitely a pound hound that was SUPPOSED to be a barn dog but has made it quite clear that while she will go to the barn with me, she also comes right back in the house when I do.

    She's got a short coat but quite thick.
    Sue

    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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    The wet dog smell tends to come from, um, wet dogs. Wait until she dries, and keep in mind that parts of them stay damp quite while.

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      #3
      Originally posted by citydog View Post
      The wet dog smell tends to come from, um, wet dogs. Wait until she dries, and keep in mind that parts of them stay damp quite while.
      Uh yep, I guess I should have been clearer. She just doesn't smell any cleaner than she did when we both got drenched in a rain storm before her bath. I was kinda hoping that maybe I could find a shampoo or even a conditioner that might 'overcome' or negate the wet dog smell. I don't really want her smelling like Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds perfume though. I hope this makes sense.....
      Sue

      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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      • #4
        White vinegar rinses are the way to go. Will kill skunk smell, so I'm sure it can handle the regular doggy smell!

        And no, your dog won't smell like vinegar, it all evaporates as it dries. (But I actually love the smell of vinegar, so it wouldn't matter to me!) My skunk method is to soap up once with shampoo, rinse, dump the vinegar on and scrub, rinse, then take a good sniff. More vinegar rinses (one or two or three!) if the smell doesn't seem to be gone. Then either the doggy gets to hop out, or I go for one last shampoo scrubbing, so said doggy smells like Egyptian Rainfall or whatever.

        Always works. My doggies don't smell doggy.....although I think it should be noted that they all eat some pretty high quality food, so their coats are gorgeous and I'm sure that has something to do with it. Damaged hair soaks up odors.

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        • #5
          You can also use Arm & Hammer toothpaste (not the gel but the paste) and since it supposedly works on skunk stench too, it might help with this. Plus your dog will be minty fresh too.

          Some dogs just have more doggy odor than others do. I don't know if it's the heavy oil some dogs seem to have in their skin, or if it's some kind of genetic thing, but some do smell more doggy than others. And make very sure you get all of the soap out, since any trace can cause itching, and result in scratching and discomfort. Some harder water also makes it rough to get all of the soap and odor off also.
          You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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          • #6
            Sometimes a thyroid issue will make for a stinky dog!

            you can use human shampoos on dogs--so a cheap nice smelling suave shampoo will often hide the stink...


            I live on the beach and am constantly washing lowtide smell out of my dog- a nice Suave coconut shampoo

            I also love the Spadog line of dog stuff, they make a nice coat spray...you could give your pup a spritz of 1/2 h20 1/2 vodka and a few drops of essential oil to hide the stinks.

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              #7
              Wow, some great ideas here. Thanks to all and keep the ideas coming.

              Since we are finally getting into warmer weather, I'll try the white vinegar rinses first cause I have a BJ's sized jug of that on hand.

              As for gloriginger's idea of "a spritz of 1/2 h20 1/2 vodka"-thanks, I'll drink the vodka instead of giving it to the dog.
              Sue

              I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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              • #8
                I did the white vinegar for a skunking, but also "top dressed" with a light spritzing of Pet Formula Febreeze!! Worked well.
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                • #9
                  I just did a search on scabies, because apparently my new pound puppy has it. There was something about using sulfer shampoos to get rid of the wet dog smell, something about yeast getting into little scratches in the skin.
                  www.ncsporthorse.com

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                  • #10
                    what do you feed her? often switching from one of the heavy-grain commercial kibbles to a more appropriate protein-based diet turns a stinky dog into a non-smelling dog.
                    Some dogs, particularly hounds, have an oil they use to waterproof their coat and they will smell "funky" no matter what you do.

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                      Originally posted by wendy View Post
                      what do you feed her? often switching from one of the heavy-grain commercial kibbles to a more appropriate protein-based diet turns a stinky dog into a non-smelling dog.
                      Some dogs, particularly hounds, have an oil they use to waterproof their coat and they will smell "funky" no matter what you do.
                      She gets 1 cup of Purina One's Active Maturity dry dog food with a generous tablespoon of Alpo canned dog food, plus Cambell's Beef Gravy diluted with water twice/day. She also gets Previcox and 1000 mg of Vit C as per Veterinarians suggestion.

                      I got her from the shelter 6 yrs ago and they said she was 6 at the time so that puts her at 12 yrs old now. She has always had a 'hound' smell so it could very well be the oil in her coat. I do know she does have a fair amount of oil as it shows on my carpets . I can see a big difference between her lying on the carpet as opposed to her bed, which is why she has 5 dog beds and a couple of throws.
                      Sue

                      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                      • #12
                        Ferret shampoo! There's nothing stinkier than a ferret. We kept a bottle of ferret shampoo at the barn for the days when the dogs were too gross to put in the car.

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                        • #13
                          My problem is doggy smell in the car. My dogless pals make such a fuss when we go out anywhere, saying that the car smells. I've tried everything - fabric fresheners, upholstry shampoos, air vent fresheners. And yet, anyone who doesn't have a dog, gets in and goes "phew - it's stinky in here!"

                          Maybe I should just stop offering lifts!

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                          • #14
                            rid of 'wet dog' smell...dry er off..... sorry couldn't help it....

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by colorfan View Post
                              rid of 'wet dog' smell...dry er off..... sorry couldn't help it....
                              Tried that and she still has a bit of doggy odor to her. I was too busy today dragging the sacrifice paddocks to smooth out hoof prints to give her another bath to try the vinegar rinse and didn't really want to wash her so soon again anyway. I'll give the vinegar a try first in about a month, unless she comes in covered in mud before then.
                              Sue

                              I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                              • #16
                                Check between her toes, in her ears, any relatively hairless areas to see if there is any reddening of her skin - if she licks & chews at her toes, then it's usually allergies & secondary yeast infections that result in the "wet dog odor" - obviously if they are dirty/muddy/swamp swimming etc farm dogs, you need to bathe before assessing the level of actual doggy odor

                                Do not use human shampoos on dogs as the pH balance of doggy skin is different than human & the shampoos are balanced for the appropriate species - if you're using an appropriate, gentle shampoo & you rinse thoroughly, you can bathe your dog almost daily without any skin irritation/drying of the coat etc; just like human shampoos, pet versions are often designed to coordinate with a conditioner (also get conditioning 1 step shampoos) so that oils are "returned" to the coat ...

                                In general if you bathe your dog once a month, any shampoo will do unless your pet has allergies.

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                                • #17
                                  Stinky Pooch

                                  I agree that a lot depends on feed but sometimes the humidity outside is enough to get them stinky when they come in. We have three dogs, a sheltie,an 85lb aussie and a border collie/corgi.

                                  We use Avocado Mist from Equyss to get rid of the smell. http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctclassid=5092

                                  I pour some into a tiny spray bottle , like those allowed on carry-ons and one spray is enough for the smaller dogs, three for the big dog. One bottle lasts years around our house and does wonders for their coat.

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                                  • #18
                                    She gets 1 cup of Purina One's Active Maturity dry dog food with a generous tablespoon of Alpo canned dog food,
                                    um right. So in other words high-grain unhealthy diet = stinky dog. You want to look for a food that is at least 30% protein on the label. And doesn't cheat by listing "glutens" as an ingredient.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by wendy View Post
                                      um right. So in other words high-grain unhealthy diet = stinky dog. You want to look for a food that is at least 30% protein on the label. And doesn't cheat by listing "glutens" as an ingredient.
                                      This is very easy to do. Thanks for the suggestion Wendy. I'm almost out of dry dog food anyway.
                                      Sue

                                      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                                      • #20
                                        yup, I'd switch the food as well, wait a while and see what happens. Might be something else health related like yeast, might just be you have an odiferous pooch. Hounds do tend to have a reputation for a strong doggy oder. I don't think of heelers as stinky dogs though.

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