How do you get rid of the odor of Basset Hounds?

I have an un spayed 2 year old Basset Hound but I was wondering if there was any way to et rid of her "hound odor"?

Asked by Gomer on Oct 17th 2007 Tagged smell, odor, basset, houne, bassethound, indoor in Bathing
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While some dogs are more likely to have body odor or bad gas, the majority of "dog odor" is caused by what we feed our dogs.

If you feed a food that includes a lot of fillers (corn, wheat, sorghum) and that includes a lot of low quality ingredients (meat meal, fish meal, byproduct, etc.) then your diet may very well be to blame.

Try switching to a higher quality food such as Blue Buffalo or Nature's Variety (both can be found at PetCo/Petsmart) or an even better food like Canidae, Merrick's, or Innova, and give it about a month. Your dog's smell should improve as well as her overall appearance and amount and size of stools.

Abby answered on 10/17/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I agree with the other post, my mommie had a friend that had a yellow lab that smelled horrible. They discovered she had a food allergy and couldn't tolerate certain foods. As soon as she was put on a dog food without certain ingredients (I think she was allergic to wheat and corn), she stopped smelling.

Leon answered on 10/18/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I agree that food sometimes causes a foul odor in dogs.

I also think that there could be an underlying medical reason for the odor.

A healthy dog does not smell bad, regardless of breed.

Make sure she's healthy with a visit to the vet and also check her ears for signs of ear infection or excess ear wax...that can have a foul odor if she has dirty or infected ears. Purple-brown colored ear wax is a sure sign of infection.

Jack answered on 10/18/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer