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Old 08-17-2008, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone! This is a bit of a strange thread but want to find out whats going on with our girl!

Have just noticed over today that shes started to smell strange, not a bad smell just different to what she usually smells like, stronger i guess. The only thing i can compare it to is possibly feet?

Sorry know this is a really weird thing to ask about but does anyone know whats going on? She hasn't been anywhere different and hasn't rolled in anything odd. Its not one particular part of her that smells, its just kinda everywhere. May just be me going mad but wondered if it was anything to worry about! :confused2
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm tagging along - Casper smells to me as well - a fairly strong doggy odor
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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is it actually her body or just an odor coming from her?
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I noticed it when i hugged her earlier, you cant smell it from a distance just up close, think its her body i'd guess?!
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My first reaction would be to check her ears for possible infection or her skin for possible infections. Even mild ones can make them stinky.

Any diet changes? Laundry detergent changes? Carpet cleaners that could trigger something?
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, do check (smell) her ears - she could have an ear infection (dark brown/red wax in the outer canal is a sure sign). Yeast infections in the ears have a musky/sweet smell.

Or, she could be coming into heat. Once the hormones start kicking in, so does the musky/'doggy' odor.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I thought I was crazy, but my Katie stinks more than any dog I've ever had. A very particular odor, too. Like.. sour milk. And feet.

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Old 08-17-2008, 11:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Whenever one of my dogs starts having a flare-up of allergy/yeast symptoms, he smells like stale Fritos. Exactly like stale Fritos--not just fresh ones, but ol' stanky stale ones.

If I point this out to someone petting him, they will go, "YES! That is the smell I was trying to place."

So, ditto to what's been said above, take a look at skin allergies/ear things--and also tummy upset can cause halitosis--which may become a generalized body smell as she licks and grooms herself.

Rule out health things first, always. Check your food to see if there is garlic or other fragrant stuff in there, also.

She may have eaten some wild onions or other stinky herbs, if she grazes on grass when outside, too.

If you rule alla that out, it may indeed be puberty onset--although I don't necessarily associate an odor with teenage doggers, again, unless there is something else healthwise going on.
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Well casper isn't going into heat (he is a neutered male LOL )

He is a fawn though and seems to have a decent coat considering - he will stink up my office (where his crate is and we spend all our time)

I was worried about bathing him frequently but the vet did recommend clorhexiderm shampoo twice a month since fawns are prone to staph and other coat issues. so I guess I'll listen to him :biggrin55:
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It could be food related. I feed raw in the am and EVO in the pm and have no odor. If it's am immune staph issue sometimes a few days of Colostrum capsules from the health food store will help. I just bath with 'mane and tail' horse shampoo or pantene. I'm not convinced that clorhexiderm helps.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Her ears are nice and clean and theres no obvious signs of infection anywhere. She has not had her first heat yet so guess it could be something to do with this. She normally doesn't smell much at all, if it is to do with hormone changes will it just be around heat she'll smell like this? or is it an adult dog thing and she'll smell like this from now on?

Now you've mentioned heat she has been behaving differently over last couple of days, especially yesterday wanting to play alot more and she's much more clingy and cuddly (she's normally a pretty independant little girl - not a velcro dog like i hear about!) could these also be symptoms of hormone changes?
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Now you've mentioned heat she has been behaving differently over last couple of days, especially yesterday wanting to play a lot more and she's much more clingy and cuddly (she's normally a pretty independent little girl - not a Velcro dog like i hear about!) could these also be symptoms of hormone changes?
Yep, there are some physical signs to that I am not sure I can describe accurately also. When Sage goes into heat she leaves the velcro and becomes tumor, heat cycles only last and average of 21 days so that is nice.....

This could be common sense or stating what you already know but, if your girl is going into heat you will need to be VERY careful, there is nothing that the boys in your neighborhood won't do to get with her. She will also try to get to them as well, what ever you do don't let her outside alone ( I have seen dogs tie through a fence lol) and don't let her with any dog that is unaltered.

Just my .02
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or it could be her anal glands....
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:24 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks, definately not anal glands, she had problems with them before and this is a totally different smell (thank goodness!!)
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