What would cause an oder around the back of the head, neck and ear area? It is almost a sour smell. Is this pretty normal in poodles?
A hotspot? Forgive me....I'd say one of two things. Could be a hotspot, Harry's smelled horrible. Seriously the worst smell ever aside from parvo. Or could be yeast infection in his ears. Smell the ears and if it's a sour smell it's probably yeast.
He is very clean, and we do his ears, and checked the ears again today, but did not even consider the mouth........I would say NO, it is not normal to detect a sour smell around the dog's head in a reasonably clean dog. Now if they went out and rolled in something "special" that might be a different story lol
Did you check inside the ears? That could be the problem and would cause you to be able to smell the dog when you got near the head. Also the mouth merits a closer look. I once had a grooming client who's whole head just reeked, with a nasty sour infection type smell. Ewww. I was certain it was the ears but I checked over and over again and they were clean as a whistle no smell. My bather just happened catch a glmips of something in the dog's mouth when it yawned and we had a closer look. Poor puppy had a stick lodged between his back teeth across the roof of his mouth. Gross.
Yes. A hotspot can be caused my numerous things. I learned all about it when Harry got his. I think his was caused by a bite of some kind that got an infection. It spreads and it smells nasty. Check under the hair for anything sticky or yucky because that's how Harry's started. If it is yeast you can do vinegar rinses. Look up online how to make a vinegar rinse for the ears and it will kill yeast. Just be sure to follow the directions.A hotspot? Forgive me....
I was thinking the same thing maybe yeast. I have noticed it when he first came home though. It seems after a few days after the bath it gets worse. Here is the thing I am used to dogs that almost have no dog or outside smell, I have adjusted fine. I know that sounds terrible but dogs have different smell, you know.
We allow him to air dry right now, his hair is not realy long because the breeder had him short because of the surgery he had. But I can see that happening so I will check this in the future.three questions:
#1 is he usually air dried after bathing?
#2 is he matted
#3 are you sure- can you see his skin when you part his hair?
sometimes they will get a sour dish rag smell if they arent dried all the way or if they have some matts, the moisture will be trapped down by the skin and make them smell sour.
funny(only not really) story
the first time I ever wrapped Kaden's hair I used spray conditioner on each chunk before wrapping, when I went to change the wraps he actually had mildew around the spots where the bands were and stunk like wet laundry.
NOT COOL, he smelled like that everytime I washed him for about a month