Q: Do Basset Hound shed bad and do they smell bad

January 14, 2010 | By Joanie B. | 3 answers | Expired: 1794 days ago

Joanie B.

My basset has a bad smell and she is shedding bad

Readers' Answers (3)

Jan 27, 2010

I have never met a smelly Basset Hound in my life even though people say they stink I don't belive they do I have walked and bathed many of them in the past at the local humane socitey and none of them smelled bad and I would even carry them and pick them up if I had to and they never left any hair on me at all. The only dog I have ever known of that Sheds really bad are Rat Terriers I have one named Skitters and she is my best friend and I love her to pieces and her fur is short but she sheds like crazy. Also remember that all dogs have shedding problems in the spring time and summer time because they are shedding their winter coats and then they grow back their winter coats in the fall.

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Jan 14, 2010

bassets are seasonal shedders, so although most of the year they shed minimally, twice a year they'll extra brushing to get all of the old fur off. if you don't brush them or brush them enough during shedding season, they'll leave an abundance of fur everywhere. try brushing her for as long as it takes until you're not really getting anything out. this could mean 20-30 minutes for a basset. normally i would brush a basset about twice a week, in shedding season you'll want to double that.
basset hounds are prone to yeast infections in their ears. lightly rub your thumb or a cotton ball in her ear, but not near her ear canal, and smell it. if that's where the scents coming from, she probably has a yeast infection. when my basset hound developed an aural yeast infection, she was prescribed ear drops for life. you can also gently wash out her ears every few days w/a tea tree shampoo {i like paul mitchells}. for dogs, you will want to dilute this shampoo w/water and gentle cleanse using your hands, again staying away from the ear canal. the shampoo itself can get that close, but only trained professionals should deal w/that area. avoid using tea tree oil as it can be irritating and even dangerous. after washing her ears, be sure to thoroughly dry them and check them twice daily to make sure they're always dry. long ears require maintnence. you may also want to put her on probiotics to amp up the good bacteria in her body and combat the over-active yeast production. be sure to take her to the vet to determine what's best for her first.

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Jan 15, 2010

They do, primarily when fed low quality food, the smell youre describing is due to yeast overgrowth, which is a secondary bacterial infection due to allergic in most cases. There are 2 things you can do

1) Switch to better quality food, preferrably grain free since grains are a common allergy culprit and yeast bacteria feeds on sugar which is in the grains. Taste of the wild is an affordable, decent quality brand.

2) Use antibacterial shampoo, try Malaseb, it works really well.

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