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    NattyLou,

    Thanks for that. It's interesting you say that, Geoff likes nothing better than to chow down on a carrot or a bit or broccolli (sp??). I give them to him to play with and to keep him amused when I am getting dinner organised. He also eats grass all the time. The vet says there is nothing wrong with him as I had suspected a stomach issue so we have checked that out, and he has been wormed. Maybe he just likes vegetables (he probably wants to grow big and strong with curly hair - hang on he already has that - it comes with the territory when you are an Airedale)

    I have given him one bicarb sprinkle and he is much better (or I am more used to him). I have to work out how to manage washing him so it won't stop his tick protection. You may have noticed I am paranoid about ticks, but the Northern Beaches is the dog paralysis tick capital of Australia

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    Broccoli is a brassica - it has a high sulphur content - ie rotting broccoli smells like rotting eggs. So you might want to avoid giving him broccoli for a while. Maybe switch to peas?

    Cabbage, asparagus, brussell sprouts are also high sulphur - make for smelly pee and farts and possibly rotten egg BO.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 10-13-2010 at 12:02 PM. Reason: 2xc and 1xl for broccoli?

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    are you using a top spot for the tick prevention? If so then using a soap free shampoo like i suggested shouldn't affect it as long as they are waterproof, whereas soap ones strip the coat of oils and washes away the top spot.

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    Our vet said to use Frontline Plus because the kids hug him and put their faces on him all the time. I haven't heard of Top Spot. Is it ok for around kids?

    Curly Girl

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    Just a thought as well , skin problems also lead to smelliness. Even just a mild itch case can smell quite strongly.Perhaps check all over -between paws the lot for any signs of redness or irritation.Have you noticed him scratching at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly Girl View Post
    Our vet said to use Frontline Plus because the kids hug him and put their faces on him all the time. I haven't heard of Top Spot. Is it ok for around kids?

    Curly Girl

    Yeah, Frontline is a type of top spot. I mean any of those that you apply to skin (as opposed to giving a tablet).

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    Washing once a week won't hurt your dog. Use a gentle shampoo thats designed for regular washing. Aloveen is awesome and smells amazing!!

    Does your airedale have skin problems?? My dog was diagnosed with atopic disease which means he is allergic to the world. To look at his skin you wouldn't really notice that anything was wrong with him but he had a smell. His skin was only slightly pink. Washing him once a week to wash the allergens out of his fur and applying an allergen cream has sorted the smell out.

    Also, sometimes if your dog is a drooling type, they can get an infection under their lips which is hard to detect with the eye but stinks like crazy!!

    Hope you find your solution soon!!
    Good luck!!

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    The instructions I have for frontline plus says - ok to wash your dog 48 hours after applying, and the Revolution says waterfast after 2 hours.

    I did wash after applying frontline after about 12 hours - with 2in1 baby shampoo - same as I use on me - and didn't have any problems. I don't wash my dog very often though. We go to the beach about once a week and I just hose her off with tap water.

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    I think he is just smelly. No itches to speak of. But he will roll in anything that he thinks will be smelly - eg a blue tongue lizard that has been run over a 1000 times but still has 1mm of smellieness remaining - heaven on a road.

    He is now off the brocolli (much to his chagrin - you can have a lot of fun with a head of brocolli ).

    I will wash him on the weekend. Where to wash him will be our next challenge as he is on the largish size and won't fit in our laundrey tubs. Maybe the shower with one of us, or maybe the kids shell pool in the backyard. We'll work something out.


    Thanks for all your assistance, wisdom and suggestions.

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    Curly Girl

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    I wash my dog on the lawn in the back yard. I get a whole lot of buckets (three is usually enough - but she's smaller than an airedale and she has a very short coat), with warm water and a scoop and my shampoo and I scoop water over her, and soap her up and then scoop water over her until she's done. Then I get a big beach towel (actually it's good to do this first) and spread it on a relatively dry bit of lawn - she rolls on it and I use a couple of other towels to rub her down, which she loves - doggy massage.

    The key to it is the warm water. Though after the beach, I just use the local tap water and one of those plug over the tap shower hoses - cold water, but she doesn't seem to mind - given she's been jumping in the cold seawater too.

    I wonder what he could have instead of the brocolli. Sigh. Cauliflower is from the same family I think, but it might be ok. Would he play with a bunch of parsley? Though my dog won't. Well she will if it's such a big bit that it's like a tumbleweed stick. It grows wild in my garden. Maybe a lettuce?

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