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    Hi,

    I have mentioned Geoff earlier. He doesn't like living outside or riding in cars (but he is getting better with the car every day

    But he smells really bad.

    His breeder says not to wash him too often because they have sensitive skin, but we have sensitive noses.

    He has a raw diet, gets brushed every day, spends most of his days hanging out on his bed inside, but he smells eye wateringly doggy.

    His ears are fine, they don't smell particularly bad, but the rest of him does.

    Any suggestions would be most welcome.. Even the obvious - just wash him. But if I do wash him, are there better shampoos to use?

    Regards

    Curly Girl

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    I wash my minis average once a week with water only. Yes initial wet dog smell is there but when dried, problem disappears of course. I also read somewhere you can use bicarbonate soda for dry bath as the soda works as some sort of buffer in skin ph and that takes smell away. You may want to google search on bicarbonate soda and dog, Good luck!
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    It could be his breath, but you can tell the difference between doggy breath and a general smell.

    Chlorophyll and wheat grass cleans out toxins in the body which can make them smell.
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    Just found this.


    Giving your pets barley grass, wheat grass, or chlorophyll can remove toxins from the body that can lead to bad smells, Dr. Stefanatos says. “Each of these will cleanse the gastrointestinal system and help eliminate body odor,” she says. For pets under 10 pounds, she recommends giving one-eighth teaspoon of one of these remedies twice a day. Those weighing 10 to 24 pounds can have one-quarter teaspoon, pets 25-50 pounds can take one-half teaspoon and larger pets can take a full teaspoon–all doses given twice a day. The remedies are available in health food stores and can be mixed in your pet’s food.
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    Thanks for that. I will give the barley grass a try, but it isn't his breath which is sort of healthy dog smell, it's his coat.

    I am just decanting some bicarb into a pepper shaker to give that a try

    cheers

    Curly Girl

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    I am surprised he smells really bad. I would have thought a bad diet, bad teeth , ear or bacterial infection would suggest why he smells so bad.
    Even though he has sensitive skin bathing him too much will strip the natural oils in is coat.
    I would be trying to figure out why, may be ask next time you visit the vet.

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    Unless he's found something lovely in the garden to roll in.

    But a lot of airedales I've met are a bit on the pongy side. One I know desperately needs crutching, but the groomers he goes to never do it when they clip him everywhere else. Bleah - he's got dags. Owners don't seem to understand there is a problem. Or maybe it's too embarrasing a subject, though I would have thought the look and smell would be more embarrasing.

    Bicarb soda can be used to deodourise carpet, so I think it would work on a dog. Not sure how good it would be for a dog's skin though. People have been known to use it as a basis for a body scrub. I don't think I'd want to leave it on the dog. I'd be brushing and washing it off after. If you want to see the dog go fizzy, spray with a dilute solution of vinegar eg 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water.

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    Hmm, a fizzy Geoff. That sounds like a cleaning recipe from one of those green cleaning books.

    The bicarb has worked really well. He still smells, but not quite so pungently that your eyes water. The fact that he loves nothing more than sitting on your lap made it more of an issue.

    He has his coat clipped quite short as ticks are an issue here, and he definitely doesn't have any dags .

    Thank you for your very helpful suggestions.

    Regards


    Curly Girl

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    If you want to wash once a week and see if that help, I think that would be ok. I wash with Aloveen which smells scrumptious and is soap free so shouldn't strip all those oils.

    Hyacinth raises a good point...if there is something to get into, an Airedale is going to get into it!

    They do have a distinct smell, but he shouldn't smell that bad. I don't know if what you are feeding couldn't be affecting him or not. If nothing seems to help or if he is definately not getting into anything, I would take him to the vet just to make sure it is nothing internal.

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    I had a greyhound rescue once who was stinky - bad breath as well as bad smelling coat. Washing him too much made it worse.

    The best thing was my vet's recommendation - grated raw carrot in his food. One handful per day - for a couple of weeks if he'll eat it. Then wash him, as the stinkyness that's coming from the inside will have subsided.

    I still use it for bad breath, but it works for smelly coats as well. Much the same train of thought as Myf's chlorophyll idea - cleansing out toxins from the inside out.

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