Crios - he stinks bad!
Yes, he’s been vet checked. And I’m sneaking him into the forum because he’s 75% GSD 😂. The vet said the smell was from his ear infections, and as soon as those cleared up, so would the smell. But he smelled like that prior to the ear infections, and his ears are now cleared. I’ve sniffed him all over because I’m a weirdo, but it’s been driving me nuts. His ears, when infected, give off a different smell. We had the vet check his anal glands, perfectly healthy. We brush his teeth 2-3 times a week, and no issue with his teeth, they checked that too. But it’s not his breath either, it is literally in his fur, from his neck all the way down his tail.
Excuse the graph description, but he smells like swamp butt. Like gross unclean butt. His coat is so thick, they had to shave him to the skin to do a scrapping. So far that has come back negative, but they are still doing some cultures on some of the scrapings.
This has been going on for about 8 months. No one wants to be near him because of the smell (guests, we love him stinky or not). He’s always been on Fromm since I got him, and hasn’t had any issues with it stomach wise. I groom him daily, and with a rake, I literally spent over an hour on him, and the fur never stops. I’m talking handfuls even after an hour of brushing.
The only thing that has changed is he started smelling this way after he was sprayed by a skunk (which he killed). We’ve bathed him many times since, even with a deskunk shampoo. Then the vet gave us a medicated shampoo encase it was a yeast growth on his skin. Bathed him a few times a week per directions. Did nothing. He swims in our pool daily, and he also smells the worst when he gets out. It’s a salt pool, so not heavily chlorinated. He doesn’t smell like wet dog like the rest of our brood, he smells like dirty butt.
Since I’ve been at the R.V., it’s so so so much worse because we are in closed quarters. We will leave for a few hours for exercise and fun, bike rides (he loves bike rides), training. As soon as you open the door to the R.V., you get smacked in the face with his odor, even though he was with me out of the R.V. So it’s just kinda sitting there marinating while we are out.
His undercarriage is healthy, he doesn’t scratch excessively, his poo’s are normal, his appetite is great, and his energy levels are always through the roof.
I’m so tempted to take him to a groomer and have him shaved just so I can get down to his skin with the shampoo. But I know it wouldn’t be good for him, especially since he swims a lot, and is in direct sunlight a lot. We have to put sunscreen on his muzzle and tips of his ears daily because he will get a sunburn if we don’t. Those are the only two places besides his undercarriage that you can see to him skin.
Has anyone else experienced this? I’m going to have to do some serious work on the carpeting and couches before I leave the R.V., my sister would freak if she came up and it smelled like Crios in there. She’s OCD neat freak level, but even if she wasn’t, I’d never want to leave anything I borrowed smelling like a mans crack who just finished an Ironman triathlon.
The vet is stumped, I’m stumped. He’s never been to a groomer because I groom all my dogs, and do their nails also (except Lyka, she has to be muzzled and sedated, so the vet does hers). Should I take him to a groomer? They smell dogs all day, maybe they have experienced the smell and would know what it was.
Okay, I’ll stop rambling now. I found if I bike a little past the acreage, I get a cell signal, so I can check in occasionally.