It's the rare dog owner that hasn't had to deal with strong dog odor at one point or another, and some dog breeds or particular dogs are simply more prone to being malodorous. On the other hand, there are times when a change in your pet's odor is a sign of more serious health conditions, so always be alert to other signs of ill health in your pet. Dogs are not always clear in indicating pain or discomfort, so pet owners need to be proactive.
If your dog begins to smell bad, obviously bathing is your first option. In many cases, though, this is ineffective or doesn't have a prolonged effect. A different pet shampoo may work. If not, analyzing your dog's diet and perhaps making changes to improve his digestion or remove odor-causing food items sometimes helps.
Natural Pet Remedies: Adding a raw egg or sweet potatoes to your dog's diet has been known to remedy dog odor.
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[YEA] 04/03/2012: Lucy from Orlando, Fl: "I just got a shitzue.. She is a 6 month puppy with a beautiful coat but cannot stand the dog smell. I searched EC and found out about Coconut Oil. I went and bought Organic 100% coconut oil. I mix two ts to the food and she loves it. I love it even more because she does not smell. Thanks EC"Replies
01/04/2013: Rene from Concord, Nc replies: "Wendy thank you so much for responding back about the coconut oil. Hope you have a blessed day."
01/04/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh USA replies: "Get the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined). Usually comes in a 14-ounce jar. You can find it in your local Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or health food section of your supermarket."
01/04/2013: Rene from Concord, Nc replies: "I seen people were using coconut oil for their dogs for odor and I was wondering what kind. The kind from the cooking section or one from a specialty shop. Thank you so much."
[YEA] 03/15/2008: Sharon from Tampa, Florida: "Liver works great to kill doggy odor. Beef, chicken, or calf liver- I just cook it in water till most of the pink is gone, cut it up and feed my 4 pomeranians 1/4 cup every second or third day. They sure do love it."
Raw Egg in Their Food
[YEA] 03/10/2008: Lacy from Many, Louisiana: "My short hair dog had a terrible oder due to flaky skin. I tried giving her oatmeal baths, oils nothing seemed to work and only made it worse. Then I started giving her a raw egg with her food every other day. Not only did she think it was a treat her skin issues are a thing of the past and she smells great. Also I started using coconut oil on her tender and red belly, worked like a charm and if she licks it no worries because it helps her doggy breath."Replies
04/11/2009: Tunesia from louisville, Ky replies: "I put a teaspoon of coconut oil on my shih tzus food every feeding...his coat is beautiful. he had horrible skin allergies."
[YEA] 08/02/2007: Pamela from Granite Falls, Washington: "I have 3 small indoor dogs and their pet odor was hard manage even with regular bathing. My sister shared that dogs won't smell bad if you blend a raw egg with a little water and add it to their dry food. I tried it...and it worked like a charm. No more stinky dogs...and my house smells better, too!!!"
04/16/2011: Jan from Shelby Township, Michigan: "my 3 year old standard poodle, itches alot and has a very strong smell, we have had her at many vets and several medications and nothing works, her neck itching seems to be the area that bothers her the most, she gets bathed weekly, but the smell is always there, help"Replies
04/19/2011: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "Hello. I have 2 miniature Poodles and they both are shelter dogs. Since I have had them I feed them 100% homemade food and also add LOTS OF COCONUT OIL. You will be surprised at how well coconut oil works both inside and outside in a dog's body. It will take care of the dog odor and the itching. Also bathe your dog with Baby Hypoallergenic shampoo - 100% Soap free and then after drying apply coconut oil on the dog all over.
For feeding, give 4 Tablespoons full of coconut oil each day with food or just like that in the bowl and your dog will lick it! Dogs love coconut oil! Buy a good quality one plz.! You can get from health food store Virgin Coconut Oil - Organic.
The skin issues and the smell will be gone in a day or two! Good luck!
Also if you can feed homecooked meals, it wud be great as the dog food contains too many chemicals etc so that's why your dog is itching! Your dog is trying to tell you that he is miserable and NOT happy - plz. Help and plz. feed him a GOOD HOME COOKED DIET."
04/19/2011: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "Also I forgot to add if she is itching at her neck check the following-
1. Take off her collar. Only put it on her when going outside.
2. Wash her collar monthly. Wash in soap, borax and white vinegar.
3. Check her ears. It could be she has ear infection. Clean the insides with solution made of 40% white vinegar, 40% hydrogen peroxide and 10% water. Keep up with this every week for next months and I promise her ear infection would go away."
01/25/2010: Melynda from Lancaster, Ca: "Dog Odor
My dog smells. 2 year old akita & maybe shepherd. We bathe her change, her bedding, have checked the backyard for something she is possibly rolling in, but nothing. Someone said she may have a yeast infection, or not eating quality food. Please help, she's stinking up my house."Replies
01/26/2010: Deirdre from Atlanta, Ga, Usa replies: "Hi Melynda,
When I rescued one of our dogs a couple of years ago (he'd been abandoned), he too smelled terrible. Bathing him did little to help. In less than one week at our house, giving him a quality dog food (holistic, lamb and rice formula) as well as walking him 2-3 miles a day, we got rid of the smell. He did have worm issues and an ear infection we later discovered at the vet, but this didn't have much to do with his smell. I believe whoever had him before us most have fed him very bad dog food as well as mistreating him."
03/21/2010: Patti from Warren, Mi replies: "We have 3 female Labradors - when they are all shedding at once, or when they're wet, the doggy smell can be quite strong. Recently began giving each dog a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil daily - the dogs are virtually odorless now. Also began swabbing inside ear of the oldest dog, who has had chronic smelly ear infections for years - seems to have cleared this up as well. And their coats all look amazingly shiny!"
Shampoo With Selenium Sulfide
05/09/2009: Tamar from Manassas, VA: "I spent a fortune trying to get rid of my northern breed's "pukie" smell. The vet dermatologist recommended a specific type of head and shoulders shampoo: that contains selenium sulfide. It worked, even when my dog went wading - as long as I dried him well. There are other shampoos with selenium sulfide. That is the key."
[YEA] 04/28/2009: Tunesia from Louisville, KY: "I tried the sweet potato and It works, plus my dog loves it."Replies
[YEA] 04/28/2010: Sp from Nashville, Tn replies: "Thank you for your suggestion on the sweet potato. We give both our dogs sweet potato almost everyday for 7 months now and it has helped with the smell, it is especially great for their "dog breathe". We prick the sweet potato with a fork and put in the microwave for 5-7 minutes. Everything the microwave comes on, our dogs sit and wait for their sweet potato."
[YEA] 11/19/2007: Marilyn from Queensbury, New York: "My newfie has always had goopy ears and a slight doggy odor about her. At her last chiropractic visit, the chiropractor said that for some reason the big fluffy dogs are more prone to doggy odor and to give her 1/2 of a sweet potato every other day. She said just fix the sweet potato the way that I normally would and give it to her. So, I baked it in the microwave (poke some holes all around, nuke on high for 10 minutes, when done, immediately wrap in aluminum foil and let sit for at least 5 minutes), mashed it up with a little butter and gave it to her. Almost immediately I noticed a big difference - no more doggy odor and BONUS her normally goopy ears were clear and dry!!! Now she gets her sweet potato as prescribed - and they don't cost a fortune."Replies
08/25/2008: Katie from Anchorage, AK replies: "http://www.mercola.com/article/microwave/hazards.htm the following story is at the cite above.
Microwaved blood kills patient. In 1991, there was a lawsuit in Oklahoma concerning the hospital use of a microwave oven to warm blood needed in a transfusion. The case involved a hip surgery patient, Norma Levitt, who died from a simple blood transfusion.
It seems the nurse had warmed the blood in a microwave oven. This tragedy makes it very apparent that there's much more to "heating" with microwaves than we've been led to believe. Blood for transfusions is routinely warmed, but not in microwave ovens. In the case of Mrs. Levitt, the microwaving altered the blood and it killed her.
It's very obvious that this form of microwave radiation "heating" does something to the substances it heats. It's also becoming quite apparent that people who process food in a microwave oven are also ingesting these "unknowns".
Because the body is electrochemical in nature, any force that disrupts or changes human electrochemical events will affect the physiology of the body. This is further described in Robert O. Becker's book, The Body Electric, and in Ellen Sugarman's book, Warning, the Electricity Around You May Be Hazardous to Your Health.
expirement to try,get 2 plants and water them over time 1 plant gets microwaved water and the other gets reg.water.the one with micro.water should die."
09/12/2008: Giulietta from Gandia, Spain replies: "Please be aware everyone, that microwaving food or water renders it unrecogniseable to the body and carcinogenic and it causes irreversible brain damage and early aging. It is frightening to see microwaving acceptable on a site like this. If anyone would like scientific data and proof then I can send it."
09/16/2008: Janice from Vonore, Tennessee replies: "This is in response to Giulietta from Gandia, Spain who states that they can provide proof of microwave dangers. I believe there are extremely dangerous consequences? to using a microwave but my family and friends do not believe this to be true. I would love to be able to show them proof so they will stop using a microwave. Is there any way I can contact this person or at least find out how to acquire this proof?"
11/08/2008: Martin from Nashville, TN replies: "To Janice from Vonore: Believing there are negative health aspects or dangers from using a microwave is nothing but paranoia that stems from WWII-era media hype that persists through ignorance.
If you take the time to research how a microwave works, you'll find that all it does is utilize magnetism (a natural phenomenon) and electricity (a natural phenomenon) to cause a process called ionization, which produces heat.
Microwaves (not just the ovens but the actual microwaves produced by them) don't have enough energy to alter the chemical components of any object. So the claim from the poster above that they "render food and water unrecognizable to the body" or that it produces carcinogens is false.
Microwaves have been used in homes and restaurants for over 50 years and no viable research by any respectable member of the scientific community has shown them to be harmful.
A lot of paranoia surrounding microwave ovens comes from the fact that items in a microwave are heated by radiation. But it's important not to confuse "radiation" with "radioactive", two totally separate phenomena. In a microwave, "radiation" simply refers to the fact that heat is produced by waves and rays (same as the sun or an EZBake Oven), and has NOTHING in common with the obviously harmful "radioactive"."
12/22/2011: Doggieman from Atl, Ga replies: "Really? Microwaves? Why don't we argue about Abortion or Israel or, or the lunar landing hoax. I thought this thread was about dogs. Thanks to everyone for the SMELLY DOG advice it has already helped. Surprisingly the other stuff doesn't."
11/07/2012: Mrs. Swanson from Interlachen, Florida replies: "never give raw egg to dogs or humans. It will destroy the biotin in the body and nake you very sick. Better to use the coconut oil or seet potato or other such ways to deal with bad odor(including dental exam and cleaning) than to use this dangerous method."
11/20/2012: Sandy from Seminole, Florida replies: "Started my bull dog on sweet potatoes. I micro ONE every day... Give half in the A. M. and the rest as treat through out the day....The microwave nonsense..... What a load.... Why is it that some people will find any means possible to remain in the dark ages. If you don't like or don't have a microwave oven, reasting the potatoes for one hour in a conventional oven will achieve the same results."