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Canine Foul Odor

August 17th, 2005, 07:13 PM
I have a 7-year old Britney Spaniel. She has a very foul body odor that I can only compare to Swiss cheese. The odor began around the same time we purchased a new pool. She loves water and swims several times a day. I am wondering if she could be having a reaction to the chemicals or chlorine in the pool.


August 17th, 2005, 07:27 PM
The smell could be a couple of things. For example it could be an ear infection, anal glands or something as simple as her collar. If the collar is not removed after swimming to dry it can pick up the doggy smell and it will remain even after it dries.
If after a bath and collar removal he still smells bad then I would bring him to the vet.

Lucky Rescue
August 17th, 2005, 07:32 PM
For example it could be an ear infection

Agree. Spaniels and other droopy eared dogs are prone to ear infections, and she may have gotten water trapped in there.

Vet visit asap.

August 17th, 2005, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the information on the ears but her ear's smell good. It's actually a body odor.

August 17th, 2005, 10:30 PM
Buy some Tar Shampoo at your local pharmacy and give that a go - I would try three days with a bath... If there is a bacteria or something this will kill it and it's not as harmful as other stuff... I often get in stinky cheese smelling fosters and that's all I use!

Good luck :fingerscr

August 18th, 2005, 06:54 AM
I seem to recall someone saying that if you have a pool, once the dog is finished swimming for the day to give a thorough rinsing with the hose and towel dry. Perhaps with all the water, her body is trying to produce a higher level of lanolin? I personally would have the vet check her out just in case.

August 18th, 2005, 11:09 AM
It's actually a body odor.

It could be the coat itself. My parents' golden smells just fine all winter, but really smells like dog during swimming season (be it pool or ditch or pond water). The vet told her it had to do with the oils that are produced when a dog swims often.

Someone has suggested that it might be the collar. Have you tried washing it? I wash my leashes and collar in the washing machine stuffed inside a sock, works wonders and it takes weeks to loose the 'downy fresh scent'

August 18th, 2005, 12:07 PM
I wash my leashes and collar in the washing machine stuffed inside a sock, works wonders and it takes weeks to loose the 'downy fresh scent'

hmm good idea... Layla's collar is starting to smell like the Saint-Laurent :yuck:

August 18th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Here's a tip I learned from my breeder, apparently many handlers use it before showing. Only if there's nothing medically wrong with pooch causing the smell of course!

Mix 1/4 Listerine Mouth Wash with 3/4 water in a spray bottle and spray your doggy. Will not harm the coat, and not only does your doggy smell good, there's no doggy smell in the house. For some reason, it has to be Listerine Mouth Wash as opposed to any other brand. :grouphug: