My dogs smell like dirty feet! I gave them a bath two nites ago and then smell already. My daughter thinks its the oils coming to the surface - I don't know! They don't smell in the summer - well they go in the pool every day and I shampoo them in between - but until the coat gets longer - them smell - what is the answer?
My spoos don't smell, unless they find something to roll in or once when one of them had an ear infection. The ear infection smell then is sort of yeastie ( if there is such a word). You mention that your poodles go to a pool in the summer. Is it possible they got water in their ears and didn't get dried out quite enough?
It would seem that if it was their breath or teeth, you would be able to tell where the odor was coming from when they give you doggie kisses.
Since you just gave them baths, they should not smell and it may indicate a health problem. Good for you for noticing and checking it out.
To smell two days after a bath does not seem right to me. Swizzle likes to roll around in the grass and I may give him a bath between groomings so he is nice and poodle fluffy but he is not exuding an odor that is coming from him. When Swizzle was a puppy his breath smelled bad when he was losing teeth - how old are your dogs? The ears are a likely source of odor - they may have an infection. Could their food be disagreeing with them? If you can't pinpoint the source of the smell a trip to the vet may be in order.
No its not the ears - sometimes I think the saliva from licking can do it - but I smell the top of the head or the back - sometimes its stinky and sometimes it isnt - its really weird! Now yesterday they were smelly and today not so much - so I dunno!
Well if it is not the ears, mouth or rear end that is a good thing. I bought the Les Pouches shampoo which smells great. It lasts but it not overpowering and Swizzle smells so good that I love to burrow my nose in his fur. Definately an improvement on the dirty foot smell. Next time you are at the vet mention it and have him smell your dogs and see if they notice anything unusual. Some dogs are more smelly than others, just like people, and perhaps your dogs are a bit on the musty side but I would just want to make sure it is not related to anything medical.
Something not a lot of owners notice, but groomers sure do—the collars! Do they wear them all the time, and when they swim? Collars get nasty, especially when dogs swim (even in treated pools). They stay damp long after the dog is dry, and combining dirt with oils from the coat, warmth of skin and long lasting damp, they grow all kinds of stink on them. Left long enough, I've seen them cause hot spots on the neck, contributing to dog smell (this is on dogs people don't groom often though, I rarely see it on a poodle). I hate putting a disgusting collar back on a freshly cleaned dog I just groomed!
If they're the typical nylon or cloth type, you can usually throw them in the washer on hot setting to kill any bacteria or fungus, or replace your collars regularly. Leather collars are less apt to grow stinky stuff, but they still need occasional washing. Most leather collars are cured enough that you can scrub them with dishsoap and water and then give them a rub with any sort of light oil.
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