Alaskan Malamute > Coat Cleaning Suggestions Wanted


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Barked: Fri May 4, '12 4:32pm PST 
So -- Kio and I are living with other people for the moment while I find a new job, and these people don't understand the utter misery that trying to dry his coat after a bath is (which is why he doesn't get bathed very often.) It was requested that I wash him, and since I try to be a good guest I went ahead and did that (and because he hates baths we also washed me, the porch, the planters, everyone standing around laughing at us, the windows, and a good portion of the roof).

During the subsequent "using 20 towels to mop some of the water out of his fur before dragging out the leaf blower" stage of the laborious drying process (he prefers the leaf blower to the hair dryer -- probably the pitch), I got an emergency call that meant an overnight trip out of state.


To make a long story short the people I live with _swore_ he would be completely dried to the skin, and when I got back about 30 hours later he wasn't.


That's about when he developed the stench (which, really, is suitably punishing for everyone.) I've bathed him again since then and it's barely put a dent in the horrible, horrible smell. His skin looks fine, he's not itching, no sores or anything, no redness, but the thick fur along his spine smells like an entire colony of mildew has taken up permanent residence. Anyone have any suggestions on things to bathe him with?

Since he has recently developed epilepsy and the vet is still unsure if he will have episodes frequently enough to require medication, I am reluctant to drag him in over what is so far just an olfactory problem (foreseeing multiple and more medically important trips in the near future.) Obviously, if it turns into anything else I will do that. Right now I'm just looking for over-the-counter darts to throw first. Thanks!
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