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Old 04-30-2014, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm hoping for some advice about Nonny's odor. He's always had a strong smell that gets worse when outside and if he hasn't had a bath in a while. I've tried him on different foods, and nothing seems to help. Even a bath only helps in the short term.

The smell is somewhat fishy (not the popcorn type smell of yeast), musky, pungent, and carries a long way. I can smell him from up to 6-7 feet away, and especially if he walks through the room. Even his excrement carries the same odor along with the regular odors of excrement. Like, I could ID his poop out of several. This morning he had an accident and I could smell it almost 20 feet away.

I should note that he's had some GI problems in the past and does seem to have a sensitive stomach. I've tried switching him to raw b/c that really does help with shedding, skin condition, and odor, but it gave him diarrhea, and the weight loss from that was too much for him at that age. I'm going to try again this summer when I have more time to watch over him and tweak his diet.

What could cause such a foul and off outing odor? I've searched and I can't find anything about this specific type of odor. What can I do to combat this? The kids don't even want to play with him b/c he smells so bad. This is beyond needing a bath, even though that will help a little. This smell seems to be coming from the inside out.
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Nikki literally gets one or two baths a year and she has no bad odor.

That fishy smell could be his anal glands: Stinky Dogs - Why does my dog stink?
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Exactly, my other dog barely has an odor. I thought about anal glands, but it seems to be coming from his fur/body, as part of his doggy odor. I can express his glands just to be sure though.
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Try using; "Plant Digestive Enzymes."

advanced enzymes - Vitacost

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Everything in the stomach smells bad, for $35.00 I bet you thank me later on... Best of Luck..

btw, nonnie = jewish grand mother
bubbie = jewish great grand mother

That stinky ol' dog needs affection too !

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is he neutered?
if so get a vet to look at his anal glands
they could be overfull and leaking constantly and need expressing
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Try using; "Plant Digestive Enzymes."

advanced enzymes - Vitacost

Rainbow light, second left from the top.

Everything in the stomach smells bad, for $35.00 I bet you thank me later on... Best of Luck..

btw, nonnie = jewish grand mother
bubbie = jewish great grand mother

That stinky ol' dog needs affection too !
Oh, don't worry, I still give him plenty. He's such a lover I surely hope I'll be thanking you!
My daughter picked his name from her then favorite show Bubble Guppies; Nonny is a bubble guppy.
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is he neutered?
if so get a vet to look at his anal glands
they could be overfull and leaking constantly and need expressing
Yep, neutered. I'm going to check his glands in a bit and see if I can extract them. Do you think that even though the smell seems to be coming off of his whole body, and is more intense after being outside playing that the anal glands are the culprit? I'm not knocking the advice at all , just wondering if the smell wouldn't be just as pungent when he's cooled off and laying around the house?
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yeah if they are leaking out a bit at a time constantly you are gonna smell it all over
the exertion would be causing them to leak out more
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I see, diesel. That makes sense. I guess I ought to pick up some rubber gloves.
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I see, diesel. That makes sense. I guess I ought to pick up some rubber gloves.
And a gas mask
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