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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Aging Dog Smell

Hello. About 2 years ago I joined this site when one of our two German Shephards (Kai) was on his last legs. We thought he would have to be put down within weeks as his legs were so bad. I'm happy to say that two years later and after all your help he is still with us. His legs are getting bad again but he contines to manage. We now have a problem with the smell from his coat (specifically back end). We have tried dry shampoos and foam and none seem to work. Cover odor for a while but don't really eliminate. Does anyone have any thoughts?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 09:23 PM
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Maybe coconut oil on his food and brushing daily if you're sure it's just his coat and not another cause, like anal glands
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What is the smell from? Do his anal glands need to be taken care of?

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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He's had his anal glands looked at and cleaned out as that's what we all thought. I'll give the cocunut oil a try.

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The smell must be coming from somewhere. Have you looked at his skin in that area? Perhaps he has a skin infection?

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He may not be cleaning himself after BMs if he is stiff in the hips. You may need to wipe him with baby wipes after going potty or do a spot bath with a pan of water regularly. Keep the fur short around his anal area to make for easier cleaning.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I was also wondering if it had anything to do with him sweating? He's a very large dog with very thick long hair and he does get brushed on a daily basis. I don't think he's unclean as that is something we check as that's what we thought.
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Dogs don't sweat.
What is he eating, sometimes diet can create a funky smell. You can rub him down with apple cider vinegar and put some in his water too, but finding the reason for the smell would be best.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 10:35 AM
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My older shepherd also doesn't smell as good as she used to. Part of it I think was from an incontinence issue. She would accidentally urinate while laying down. However, I also think when cells stop regenerating due to old age, it adds to the problem too. Most likely, we won't smell as good as we used to when we are seniors either. Not much you can do about it except love them anyway, smell and all!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks and I will look into the apple cider vinegar. Just as an FYI dogs actually do have the ability to sweat but it's through the pads of their feet although the main way they cool down is through panting. But they don't sweat through the skin as they don't have sweat glands which I actually did not realize. I did a bit of research as I was surprised by the answer.

Not only did I get some great advice but I learnt something today.
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