My dog stinks!!!! Help!!!

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Ok so my other dog has sensitive skin and lately she really stinks.
I gave her a bath last week and she already smells really bad. She is an inside dog and I know she didn't get into anything.
I was wondering if there is some kind of vit I can give her for that
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It sounds like the "smelly dog syndrome" .... the main culperit to this is the type of food comsumption.... the "cheap" food causes this frequently. I recommend you do some research on this forum for a "better quality" food.
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xxxpoo, I"m surprised, having stated that you are a "vet" that you don't recommend a checkup for this dog.
There are many things that can cause an unusual odor on a dog well beyond what food it eats.
Liver and kidney issues immediately come to mind, right behind dental or serious ear issues.
TO THE OP: Please get a complete check up on your dog, including a blood workup, and ear and mouth exams.
And what you are feeding the dog COULD be part of the issue.
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He/She already stated in a previous post that he/she feeds Kibble and Bits .... I gave the person advice on what to do before a visit to the Vet... which would be the same thing the vet would suggest anyhow IMO.
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I agree with the food change and vet check. And infection (yeast?) can be pretty stinky.
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It's not her ears and not her teeth I keep them clean and the smell is not coming from those areas
She has always had a smell and it was from sensitive skin the vet told me that a while ago
It just seems to be getting stronger lately
I thought their may be a vit for dogs skin problems
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I'd get a second opinion from another vet and change her food.
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Darn it Saje, you just posted what I was in the middle of typing!
So, what she said.^
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Yeast infection could be it too!!! I didn't think about that.
She was just in heat a few weeks ago
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Darn it Saje, you just posted what I was in the middle of typing!
So, what she said.^
You did that to me on the shelter thread :)
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OP, if you are indeed feeding Kibbles and Bits, please please throw out that trash. That is one of THE worst foods you could select.
Go to a pet supply store, and ask what their super premium brands are, and select one of those for your puppy.
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I wouldn't trust a pet store to advice on food. Even expensive foods like nutro aren't the best. Browse through some of the threads here, ask Mordy or go to her site www.mordanna.com/dogfood
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Have you bathed her since she was in heat? Also, does she have long or short hair? If long, some of the blood from her heat could be stuck in her fur. Disgusting sounding I know, but it could happen.
And I agree with swapping foods. And a vet check.
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Have you made sure that she doesn't have a foul odor or discharge coming from her vulva? If not, I would check right away. If she does, rush her to your vet, she could have pyometra and that could be causing the odor.
On another note, defiantly switch her food! I would also be concerned that she has a skin infection and if so, it will only get worse and she will still be smelly after baths. If you don't want to take her to the vet ( I think you should) you could try bathing her twice a week with a medicated shampoo and really letting her soak before rinsing. I have always had good luck with this one : http://store.yahoo.com/healthypetscom/sesh1.html
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Yes I bathed her after her heat and i did smell her and looked at her there and that is not it!
It is her fur it just smells awful.
If I can get this site www.mordanna.com/dogfood to come up I am going to get them new food bc I didn't know kibbles and bits was a bad food.
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hm. it's working for me.
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YES,:eek: Kibbles and Bits is sooooooooooo BAD!OP, if you are indeed feeding Kibbles and Bits, please please throw out that trash. That is one of THE worst foods you could select.
Go to a pet supply store, and ask what their super premium brands are, and select one of those for your puppy.
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Off the subject, I know (sorry) but what kind of dog is that in your avitar, Meowsy? It looks just like mine!
Pam
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We have seen some wonderful results of stinky smelly dogs in dietary change either to a raw home prepared (requires research) or switch to Natura's California Natural's. California Natural's is a premium food with fewer ingredients to help a dog cleanse their system. After being on that food for a few months switch to Innova, EVO or another of the foods they offer. It could be food intolerance that your dog is suffering from, so a food like California Natural is a good food to try for a trial period.
If your dog is suffering from a yeast infection remove any sources of yeast as well as sugar from the diet ( I do believe Kibbles and Bits is high in sugar frucose/glucose). Check labels on treats for corn syrup or other sources of sugar. Feed either organic natural Yogurt daily or give probiotics. Check for underlying allergies that can cause chronic yeast problems (my female never gets yeast infections and she is intact). 1 fish capsule per 10-15 pounds of body weight daily can help.
You could also add some Antioxidants to your dogs diet...don't over do it though.
Some thing else to look into is Vitamin A which suppreses overactive skin glands (called sebascaceous glands), a disorder that leads to crusts and scales and smelly skin. Vitamin A should not be preformed retinol...do research on Vitamin A and discuss with your Vet. Cod Liver oil is a good source of Vitamin A, just be careful as you can overdose on Vitamin A. This is something you should talk to a professional with before starting...find out dosages etc.

I have heard of people using Zinc for skin disorders as well.
For some herbs that may be helpful (and I have used in the past) are Astragalus to support the immune system and as an anti-inflammatory.
Evening Primrose Oil a good source of fatty acids.
There are many other supplements I could suggest for cleansing the system etc. But, these are best done under the supervision of a holistic Vet.
Personally myself I use a partial raw food diet (for my problem prone Newf - Lamb, venison), Quality kibble & canned. For supplements I add daily ground organic flax seed, organic plain yogurt, glucosamine supplement, Astragalus, bilberry, dandelion root. Every few days or a few times a week I give her Fish oil, sardines, Evening primrose oil, milk thistle (cleansing tonic - get expert advise first), slippery elm bark, wheat germ (for natural vitamin E), I also give them yogurt with mixed berries for Vitamin C, alfalfa (not consistantly), kelp. I have a variety of herbs I give, but, not daily. It works for my dogs, but, may not work for every dog...you should have some one who knows your dog to advise you.
I highly recommend you speak with a homeopathic Vet for advise on healing your dog from the inside out. I found in the past with myself and others using conventional methods sometimes they only mask the actual problem instead of healing the problem. I had so many problems with stinky skin and other problems with my older Newf...the Vets would prescribe antibiotics, switch her to a hypo allergenic food, we would bath her in special medicated shampoos...and the problem would go away, for awhile then come back either in a small way or worse.
Once we switched to a diet of high quality food and partial raw food diet with supplements she cleared up, her skin and coat are fantastic and smells wonderful and the problem has never been back. I also have a female Newf (that carries A LOT of coat, that is still intact, she never stinks during her heat cycles)...
Always get expert advise. I highly recommend you find a holistic Vet in your area.
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Our old dog was the same way- stinky, no amount of bathing would help. Dull coat, flakey skin, the whole works. We had been feeding her dry kibble her whole life. Switched to raw, 3 months later, a new dog. NO odor at all, even if you bury your nose in her fur.
Here she is at 12 years old. There is no grey on her- that is the sun shining off her coat.
http://home.comcast.net/~danl/midnite.jpg
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One thing I do notice strongly when I socialize with others who do not have raw fed dogs is the smell.
Body smell, but mainly mouth smell.
It's shocking when you live with dogs who don't have those foul odors!
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When Bubba had mange he really smelled.
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