My dog stinks horribly. We have tried everything we can think of, what can we do?

We have tried different shampoos, different foods, and a vet suggested making a solution of baking soda, peroxide, and soap and that didn't work. He gets bathed plenty and immediatley starts stinking again after his bath. The dog was lost in the wild for 5 months last year, and he is 14 years old, but he still clears the room and ruins carpet with his stench. Most of the time the stench is just his BO, not his flatulence.

Asked by Member 551162 on Dec 28th 2007 Tagged stink, smell, odor, gas, farts in Bathing
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You need to take your dog to the vet. There are plenty of medical reasons why your dog might be having a bad odor.

Normal, healthy dogs of ANY age do not have an unpleasant odor (unless they've gotten into something that smells bad,or rolled in something.)

When a dog has a consistent bad odor that does not go away with a good wash using regular dog shampoo, then there is an underlying medical condition.

Most of the time, food allergy or intolerance is to blame, but he could have a thyroid imbalance, a kidney stone or even a bad pancreas, among many, many other issues.

It is impossible to diagnosis without a thorough exam and some blood work.

Chances are that he'll only need some minor adjustment through medication and the odor will go away once the underlying reasons are treated.

Jack answered on Dec 28th.

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~Angel (RIP 11/20/07)~

Maybe he is having some kind of food reaction? Angel got a little stinky when she had food allergies. Try changing his food.

~Angel (RIP 11/20/07)~ answered on 12/28/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Remington (Rainbow Bridge)

Have you checked his anal glands? When Remington was about 3 years old we noticed that he just started smelling awful. He just stunk! We took him to the vet and the first thing he checked was the anal glands. Remington'w glands were impacted and very full(and had been for awhile). When he expressed them the entire room became noxious. He said some dogs do not automatically express during elimination and they can become impacted. It took about a week for him to become a normal smelling dog again. We eventually had to have his glands removed.

Remington (Rainbow Bridge) answered on 12/28/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I use a herbal peppermint doggie shampoo on my Tiffy. I don't think it is sold at your local pet stores. We bought ours from a herbal store. It works wonders. It also helps with fleas and ticks.

♥Tiffy♥ answered on 1/2/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer