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    Hey guys,
    My Staffordshire stinks! The smell gets through everything in the house-sofa, rugs,cushions etc. It's not a really offensive smell-it's a musky sort of smell ( if that makes sense). She's the smelliest dog i've ever had and I'm spending a fortune on air freshners for the house. She's smell free for about a week after a bath....Is there anything I can do to make her less stinky?

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    Sometimes their diet can cause them to smell. It can also be a yeast problem.

    What do you feed her on?

    Is her coat glossy and supple or do you think it could improve?

    Is she an 'itchy' type dog?
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    Hi Anne
    She's 5. I got her at 6 months and noticed she started to smell around 12 months. When I first got her she had a few skin probs, allergies. She was treated with a couple of shots at the vet. I changed her diet, and gave her regular baths in oatmeal shampoo. She hasn't had a skin problem since ( touch wood) not even a dot. She did have a couple of ear infections ond bladder infections between the age of 2-4. The vet says that her Thyroid is low but not low enough to treat
    She's on a diet of Eagle Pack dry food together with raw meat and veg.

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    The ear infections could possibly means something is still irritating her.

    I'll explain the lines I am thinking along;
    If a dog has allergies, it is usually shown in a number of ways - skin issues (anything from dry coats to hot spots and weeping rashes), ear infections (yeasty smelly ears in particular), coughing, diarrhoea, stomach pain, weepy eyes, swelling of different areas of the body, hot skin and puritus (itchy skin).

    If the body is always lining up to defend itself against what it thinks is an attack (the allergen) then it lessens the bodies response to other ailments and conditions such as infections, mites and many coat conditions can become an issue on and off.

    She may have a reaction that isn't so noticeable, such as rashes or itchiness, but instead comes out in a yeast reaction on her skin causing the smell and her ears to become infected.

    The injections she would have been given when she was younger I am guessing would have been cortisone based. This would have stopped the itching and, perhaps she is only coming up against the allergen in small doses now or not as often.

    The second thing that comes to mind is thyroid problems. Have you heard of Dr Dodds? I can't think of her first name. Google "Dr Dodds - thyroid" and see what comes up. She says that Vets do not do the right test for thyroid disease and you will find details on what tests must be done. I have known several people who have resoved the problems with thier dogs by having the complete tests done. The results have shown that it was thyroid disease but it was not picked up by the normal panel.

    Thyroid disease causes numerous symptoms as you will see.
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    If she is smell free for a week after a bath maybe bath her weekly LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    If she is smell free for a week after a bath maybe bath her weekly LOL
    No. The more you bathe your dogs - more will they smell. I know it's strange to us people because we are used to showering every day (OR AT LEAST I HOPE SO ) BUT DOGS DO NOT NEED BATHS OFTEN. sorry 'bout caps. Shampooing destroys natural Ph of the skin and removes all good natural oils from it. The result is that skin produces more and more and it smells. I don't know how often you bathe your dogs, but you shouldn't shampoo them very often (I do it max. 4 times A YEAR). Swimming, showering and washing after rain not included. Try putting a spoon or two of apple vinegar (cider) in the water, take a cloth, soak it in and wipe your dog with it. It will reduce smell for sure and give it shiny coat.

    Maybe she has anal glands problems or ear infection, dogs tend to have smell from that. Give it a check.

    And yes, it might be from the food. My dog stunk like a skunk when I fed her Royal Canine. It took as good 2-3 months to get rid of that foul smell after we changed he diet. Yuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    No. The more you bathe your dogs - more will they smell. I know it's strange to us people because we are used to showering every day (OR AT LEAST I HOPE SO ) BUT DOGS DO NOT NEED BATHS OFTEN. sorry 'bout caps. Shampooing destroys natural Ph of the skin and removes all good natural oils from it. The result is that skin produces more and more and it smells. I don't know how often you bathe your dogs, but you shouldn't shampoo them very often (I do it max. 4 times A YEAR).
    See I have heard that, but some pug freaks have told me they wash their dogs atleast fortnightly

    oh that's right.. pugs aren't dogs


    hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    See I have heard that, but some pug freaks have told me they wash their dogs atleast fortnightly

    oh that's right.. pugs aren't dogs


    hehehe
    Thanks, but I don't consider myself a freak and I wash my Pugs weekly. It does no harm to wash dogs frequently. All of my Pugs, and the rescues, are proof of that theory.
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    I was just joking Anne LOL everyone who has a pug is a freak anyway.. haven't you noticed that yet? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    No. The more you bathe your dogs - more will they smell. I know it's strange to us people because we are used to showering every day (OR AT LEAST I HOPE SO ) BUT DOGS DO NOT NEED BATHS OFTEN. sorry 'bout caps. Shampooing destroys natural Ph of the skin and removes all good natural oils from it. The result is that skin produces more and more and it smells. I don't know how often you bathe your dogs, but you shouldn't shampoo them very often (I do it max. 4 times A YEAR). Swimming, showering and washing after rain not included. Try putting a spoon or two of apple vinegar (cider) in the water, take a cloth, soak it in and wipe your dog with it. It will reduce smell for sure and give it shiny coat.

    Maybe she has anal glands problems or ear infection, dogs tend to have smell from that. Give it a check.

    And yes, it might be from the food. My dog stunk like a skunk when I fed her Royal Canine. It took as good 2-3 months to get rid of that foul smell after we changed he diet. Yuk.
    Thanks Fedra
    Yes, that's how i feel about bathing her. Never really wanted to do it too often as i've always believed that it's not the best for them....So like you said Fedra, 4 times a year on average. Her coat is beautiful though...smooth,glossy...

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