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Q: What is the best way to make my dog smell better?

September 19, 2008 | By Jennifer D. | 12 answers | Expired: 2157 days ago

Jennifer D.

I have a dog that no matter how much we groom her she still has an odor. I do not want to have to bathe her to often or spray her down with perfumes if i do not have to. What can I do?

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Mary Ann P.
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Sep 24, 2008

Agreed Vet check up first to rule out illness. The a diet change. Try to change to a higher quality kibble or even better a raw diet.

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Txdreamer
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Sep 21, 2008

I would suggest you take your dog to the vet and have a skin scraping done. This will tell you if it has any mites living on its skin or has some kind of skin irritation. They can then give you some shampoo to use and ususally antibiotics will knock it out. You can take the shampoo to the groomer and have them use it on the dog. Hope this helps!

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Mary A.
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Sep 19, 2008

We have a dog that occasionally smells- she get ear infections- so when she starts to smell we immediately start the treatments- also could be any number of other medical problems- check with your vet. As mentioned before- it could be the food- I know ours smelled to high heavens when on the fish/sweet potatoe diet- Hope this helps

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Jessica H.
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Sep 19, 2008

Dogs smell - its a fact of life. They are never going to smell like roses all the time :)

Frequent bathing is very bad for the skin, so try to avoid it more than once, MAYBE twice a month.

You can purchase doggy cologne which may help mask the smells.

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daryl b.
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Sep 19, 2008

the bath wipes sound like a good idea. heavy perfume ents give me a headache so who knows maybe dogs too

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Sandy S.
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Sep 19, 2008

well after ruling out any medical issues.
try what i do to my dog who occasionally has a bit of a smell. We buy bathe wipes at the local pet supply store
come in varied scents and help as a good refresher.
Hope it helps

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ComicKitty
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Sep 19, 2008

There are certain kinds of shampoo that make your dog smell better for longer of a time than others. My advice is just to try different shampoos and see which ones you like. It also helps to condition the dog afterwards to make the coat softer and may make him smell better

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Anonymous
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Sep 19, 2008

I know you said you don't want to bathe your dog to often but I use Herbal Essence Shampoo and conditioner on my little Pom and he smells really good for a long time and it makes his coat really soft. I use the kind in the blue bottle. I also try to blow dry him and make sure he is dry before he goes outside to use the bathroom if not he gets that stinky outside smell like he never had a bath. Hope this helps.

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Nikki B.
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Sep 19, 2008

I would ask you what food your dog is eating. Dogs who eat cheap dog food can give off a nasty odor. They will also often have a filmy, coarse coat. A good, healthy, all natural dog food can usually help with a smell, if medical reasons have been ruled out.

A dog's food should contain no corn, wheat, by-product, bone meal, or animal fat. These things are not healthy for your dog, and can really add to numerous health/grooming issues, including a funky smell.

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Joygold
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Sep 19, 2008

After you and your vet have ruled out the possibility of any health issue, I would just recommend using pet wipes on her coat in between baths.

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