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my dog smells like stinky feet! 
20th-Jun-2009 09:53 pm
the past few days, sabre (6 month old english mastiff) has been kind of stinky. today i determined that it smells like stinky feet!

i tried bathing her, but the smell remains... i don't know if it would be her anal glands, would that smell like stinky feet? it doesn't seem to me her mouth or ears... but it's difficult to smell specific areas because she gets all wiggly and wants attention.

i'm impatient for monday so i can call my vet and take her in :/ i doubt it's anything serious, but still.

EDIT! thanks everybody!!!
21st-Jun-2009 06:13 am (UTC)
How do the insides of her ears look?
21st-Jun-2009 06:19 am (UTC)
hmm they do look a little dirty...! that was my first thought, but i wasn't sure if that could be it... it's hard to tell if that's where it's coming from but i could definitely be wrong.
21st-Jun-2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
That could be the cause of the smell. Your vet can teach you to clean her ears.
21st-Jun-2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Depending on the smell could be a yeast infection - in the ears, or even in the feet. Anywhere moisture can get in and doesn't dry right away. If it smells yeasty, you could bathe her feet (or her ears) in 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% lemon juice. The lemon juice will raise the PH making the yeast not able to live there, and the alcohol will dry.
21st-Jun-2009 07:01 am (UTC)
hmm, k... i think it is her ears but i'm not sure how i would go about cleaning them like that :/ just with a cotton ball or something?
21st-Jun-2009 07:04 am (UTC)
After you make the mixture you can squeeze it into her ears with a turkey baster or a large syringe. And then you can cotton ball the yucky stuff that comes out right out. The ear canals of dogs are L shaped, so you don't have to worry about reaching your finger in to deep -- even if she screams or tries to get away, you won't hit her ear drum. You can probably find more detailed instructions on how to clean online! :)
21st-Jun-2009 07:07 am (UTC)
thanks! guess i'll have to take her over to my parents' tomorrow night. my husband is gone and she would be way to heavy/wiggly for me to clean her ears on my own, haha!
21st-Jun-2009 07:42 am (UTC)
Good luck! She sure is cute! :)

Dogs with flappy ears are prone to yeast infections because of moisture being trapped in there, so once you get the infection cleared out, you'll probably want to treat her ears every month - every two weeks if she plays in the water a lot, etc. Just sort of play it by ear. Haha, pun not intended!
21st-Jun-2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
makes sense :( i've never had a dog with floppy ears before, i'll have to keep an eye on it!! she doesn't play in the water a WHOLE lot (she's a big chicken) but i remember my husband laughing about the dogs getting trapped by the sprinkler a week or so ago, so maybe she got wet and he didn't think to dry out her ears :(
21st-Jun-2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Many vets sell a MalAcetic Otic solution that works wonders for ears. You literally squirt it in the ears, massage them a bit, and let the dog shake the remainder out. It has a somewhat pleasant smell (like medicinal fruit) and keeps for quite some time. It is also good to have on hand for minor cuts, etc. I have 3 dogs and use it regularly (once every month or 2) because otherwise the ear smell is just awful! :)
21st-Jun-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
oh sweet! :D thanks!
21st-Jun-2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Regardless of where the smell is coming from, if it's an infection of some kind you may want to consider switching to a better food. First thing to consider is removing all wheat and corn from her diet so look for foods that do not include those ingredients. If you are open to it, look into a whole prey model raw diet as that is ideal for canines in my opinion.

Lupa the groomer who sees looooots of smelly dogs. :)
21st-Jun-2009 03:19 pm (UTC) - Yes on the raw
brands to try as well - primal, frozen section of the whole paycheck grocery store, oma's pride is delivered to most front doors in the states.

raw learning is a great site. you can also start w/ plain ol' raw meet then mix in greens later.

my pugs rarely have ear infections or stinkiness now. rubbing alchohol, hydrogen peroxide usually to the preventative tricks. itching is a key indicator. sounds like a yeast infection.

21st-Jun-2009 03:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Yes on the raw
Yes it does sound like yeast and yeast can affect the entire surface of the skin. It just starts with ears and feet. It's impossible to get the smell out by washing.

If you clean up the ears though and there's still a smell you can use a mild vinegar solution to rinse her after her bath. Be sure you're diluting the shampoo in a lot of water and then rinsing really well. Then add a small amount of vinegar to a bunch of water - a couple of inches in the bottom of the tub or use a large container and just enough vinegar that you can smell it. Avoid eyes - it will sting. Make sure to saturate the entire coat with the vinegar rinse, leave it five minutes and then rinse. She will smell a bit like an italian salad but only until she's dry. The vinegar helps kill the yeast while you fight the source. It works well for other smelly issues as well but will most definitely help if it's yeast.
21st-Jun-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
i feed her natural balance, so i don't think it's the food...

i think it is just moisture getting trapped in her ears. after mulling over it for a while, i remembered my husband laughing about the dogs getting themselves trapped by the sprinkler so i wonder if she got some water in her ears and he didn't think to dry them :/
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