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Q. I have a miniature poodle and within 2 days of bathing him, he stinks!! I can't even bear to have him sit on my lap. I have changed his food.

Answered By
CLAUDIA FIORAVANTI

A. I think bathing and the change of diet ( to a better one ! ) will help but you also need to consider that the smell could be coming from other areas . I am thinking about his teeth, being a poodle he is prone to dental disease. Try to smell his breath and you might be surprised ! If it' s not his teeth, then keep an eye on his behaviour. If he does seem to scoot or overgroom around his tail he could have impacted anal glands . They are also very smelly and can get worse if infected .if in doubt , I would suggest a vet check up so the vet can check the glands and you can enquire about his teeth too.

Answered By
KATIE SHANNON

A. Has he been checked recently by a vet for the source of the smell? He could have bad teeth, anal glad issues or some dogs smell very yeasty if they have food allergies. If you just changed his food, it could take several weeks before you see an improvement, it can take 2-3 months to really notice a change. Regular baths will help but over bathing can actually flare up skin issues and make it worse as it strips the coat of natural oils. Most poodles though can be bathed about once a week as they have hair like us, not fur. Use just a mild, gentle pet soap and be sure to rinse thoroughly.


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