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    Hi Everyone,

    A few months ago we adopted a 4 year old long hair German Shepherd. We noticed straight away that she had a really bad odour. But we just thought she may just need a wash.
    So we got her home after a 3 hour drive and she settled in very well. But were growing concerned as her odour was still very bad and also she was shaking her head a fair bit.
    So we got her washed and groomed etc and the odour seemed to ease. We get her washed every 2 weeks now and while the guy is washing her we also wash her blnkets and bedding. She smells good for about a week and then the odour starts creeping back.

    Now the really concerning problem. The head shaking.
    We knew straight away it was her ears. When we got her the guy told us to just wipe them out every few days. He had taken her to the vet and she was given the all clear. (we don't know if that was the whole truth though)
    So we were getting very worried as she would cry. So we took her to the vet as i thought it may be mites. The vet said it was not mites. But did not say if there was any other problems even after we asked the vet said there is nothing really there.

    So i am reaching out to you guys. Do you know of any tests or what i should tell the vet to look for. She is a lovely dog and it's sad to see her stressed.

    Thanks.

    I forgot to add the odour is not coming from her ears. We keep checking and its not coming from there.
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    could be anal glands (at the back end). It's a pity the vet wasn't more helpful. Maybe a different vet would be worth a try?

    It could also be diet related - what are you feeding her?

    If you roll a kleenex up into a pen shape and stuff that in her ear and it comes out black - there's still a problem there and you'd need an ointment for the ears - it could be fungal or bacterial - not just mites. If the kleenex comes out clean and the ears don't smell bad - then they're probably ok - though with long haired dog or floppy eared dog - you will always need to check them regularily. Daily is good - and this makes it easier for vet to check too.

    Can you figure out where the smell is coming from? There may be other places she has infections. Arm pits, vulva, under tail? Mouth?

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    Hi Sookey, we had the same problem with one of our dogs constantly shaking her head, we took her to the vet who look at the ears and said it was little dirty and to rinse them and it should be ok. a week later no improvement so back to the vet but this time I wanted to see the head vet and get a reference to Sash, the vet had a look and found that there were blockages further into the ear and that the other vet had missed it. (She has it on the records that only she looks after our dogs now). She cleaned out the ears and a week of rinsing and all is good no smell and no head shaking. Get another vet to have a real good look.

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    Thanks

    I am taking her to another vet on thursday and i hope they will find the problem. I will keep everyone updated

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    This is what I would do:
    1. cut out beef for a month and see if anything changes
    2. wash in Malaseb weekly (my GSD needed this for a number of years or he stunk and scratched)
    3. Clean ears with Dermotic (not sure if it requires a perscription but both my shepherds need it)

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    Bronx has given good advice. Get another Vets opinion.

    Is the smell 'yeasty'? If it is, it is possibly related to diet or environment.
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    I am gonna go with Pepe.

    My old dog used to smell quite bad and she was always shaking her head and havng issues with her ears and it turned out she had allergies.

    We don't know what to but she was put on a really basic diet and given steroids to help control the symptoms and the smelling lessened and so did the shaking once we got her allergies under control.

    She spent 8 years before we found out that smelling and ear issues are often signs of allergies. She used to get so bad soemtimes that most of her hair would fall out

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    Yes I would go with Allergies.....My rescue newfie was very smelly and eventually after proper Allergy testing we discovered she was allergic to preservatives and wheat.

    To keep any allergen out of any diet is hard work, but possible. So maybe another vet and some tests might help all this confusion

    She sounds like sweet GSD, I hope you get some answers
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    Many common ailments of the German Shepherds are a result of the inbreeding required early in the breed's life. One such common issue is hip and elbow dysplasia which may lead to the dog experiencing pain in later life, and may cause arthritis. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals found that 19.1% of German shepherd is affected by hip dysplasia. Due to the large and open nature of their ears, Shepherds are prone to ear infections. Degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease, occurs with enough regularity specifically in the breed to suggest that the breed is predisposed to it.

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