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I have a female chi that is almost 8 years old. For quite some time now her skin is pretty stinky, even right after a bath. She has these black kind of freckles that have spread over her chest and the dome of her head but I'm not sure that's related (her father has them too). She smells so that no one in the house wants to hold her so her smell doesn't rub off, which makes me sad for her because she loves to be held. We've tried several different foods and oatmeal shampoo. Any suggestions? Maybe a different shampoo? Someone suggested maybe it was her anal glands but the smell is definitely coming from her skin/fur. Thank you!
 

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I agree with Rachel I'd get her checked at the vet and change her food to a very very high quality lower end foods do make your dogs reak
 

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I would take her to the vet also and have blood drawn. I'd want a thyroid level for sure.

If everything checks out at the vet, then I'd change her food to something with minimal processing or a raw diet. Sometimes allergies can cause smelly dogs. A fungal skin infection can cause a funky smell as well. You can shampoo with Dawn dishwashing soap (in the blue bottle), diluted with lots of water as it really suds up. Rinse thoroughly and then try not to bathe and let the skin rest. Frequent baths can be counter productive as they cause the skin glands to work overtime to replenish the oils that bathing strips out.

But I do think this dog needs a thorough vet exam before pursuing any 'home' remedies.
 

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I'd agree. A blood draw and a skin scrape at the vet's would be your best first step. I've known a couple dogs that had yeast infections on their skin, and they were really stinky until the problem was resolved.
 

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I don't have anything to add since you've been given good suggestions. I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and say that I hope you find what it is, so you can help her. :)
 

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We have a dog like this, and she has had a full workup at the vet, and everything is normal/a-ok. We can't figure it out, because she is mostly fed raw, too, so its not her diet.

My husband calls her "necrosis" dog haha. Poor her. I usually put some kind of clothing item on her so holding her doesn't leave the smell on my hands. She stays OK smelling for about a week, MAX, then its awful again.

She lays around a lot, I kind of think that is the cause...we wash her bedding every few days but she will pick ONE spot downstairs in the house and just stay there...not moving for 12+ hour periods unless we take her out to potty lol.

I hope for your sake you can figure it out.
 

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Lilo went through something like this. She developed a nasty smell coming from her skin and coat and her hair looked very very greasy. I could bathe her and she would look ok and smell ok for a couple of days but then the smell and grease would come back. I finally took her to a boarded dermotologist and he diagnosed her with a massive yeast and bacterial infection all over her skin. He suspects a food allergy as the root cause so she got a change of food to a novel protein food so she can't have any treats or chewies or anything additional; she got 8 weeks of antibiotics and a new special antifungal and antibacterial shampoo that she got bathed in every 3 days for 2 weeks and now is used whenever she needs a bath, no special schedule.

After implementing the new food and shampoo and going through the antibiotics she looks and smells great! No more grease and I don't feel bad for her when she wants to be loved on so bad but none of my friends would pick her up and snuggle her when she smelled so bad.

I would take your baby to a vet that is very good with derm issues or find a specialist. You may need to change to a novel protein diet and harden your heart against any additions to her diet to see if you can get rid of an allergen that is causing the reaction.
 

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Thanks so much everyone! What are your food recommendations, as I am not certain what qualifies as a "high quality" food? I usually feed her Benefull as she is picky and seems to like it best. Honestly I am kind of worried about taking her to the vet because the tests and treatment may be too costly for me to afford so I want to try everything I can on my own to see if it helps. She doesn't seem to be uncomfortable or scratch more than an average dog. Thank you all again, you're very nice!
 

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Beneful is very low quality and could add to her smell

Look on dogfoodanalysis.com

I feed prey model raw. Orijen is probably the bet kibble out there ziwi peak is a dehydrated raw which would be even better.


Vets bills are part and parcel of owning a dog unfortunately could you insure her it really is good just invade something happens. I would honestly get her checked tho those freckles don't sound normal
 

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I have to second prey model raw as being awesome, especially for dogs who may have a sensitivity to ingredients in processed food.

Ziwi Peak... also awesome.

I'd say a good food would be anything you can find in the 6 or 5 star categories on dogfoodanalysis.com

I also have a protocol by Dr. Jean Dodd for managing yeast infections, if you'd like. It includes feeding raw and giving various supplements as well for about a 3 month period.
 

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Oh goodness - get her off the Beneful! That is probably most of her problem. It is a terrible food.

If you can't afford the super premium foods like Orijen, you could do a grain free like Taste of the Wild, or TSC (tractor supply) has a decent food called 4Health. If you have a Costco, they carry Kirklands which is a very good food and low priced. But please..... throw that beneful in the trash! ;)
 

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If you want to try a novel protein food you need a food with a protein source they have never had before and no other proteins in the food. You need to read the ingredient label since a lot of foods say they are "salmon" diets or "venison" diets but if you read further they have chicken, etc. I personally use Natural Balance Salmon and Sweet Potato. They also make treats that go with the diets so Lilo can have her treats when the other dogs get theirs. She gets no other foods, no table scraps, no chewies, etc for the next couple of months that a food trial lasts. It isn't terribly cheap but with a chihuahua she eats so little compared to the border collies the cost isn't a big deal. A 10 lb bag has lasted for forever it seems.
 

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I will say that i've noticed a huge transition with my dogs in conjunction with their food.

I started my girl on Eukanuba, moderately smelly, fed for about 1.5years.

Changed to Wellness, still smelly - but less so. Fed 3 months.

Currently feed The Honest Kitchen - significantly less to almost no smell. Have been feeding for 3 months.

I could only imagine if I few a raw diet, I'd never know I had dogs!
I'm very sensitive to smells so anything that smells goes :]
 

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I have to second prey model raw as being awesome, especially for dogs who may have a sensitivity to ingredients in processed food.

Ziwi Peak... also awesome.

I'd say a good food would be anything you can find in the 6 or 5 star categories on dogfoodanalysis.com

I also have a protocol by Dr. Jean Dodd for managing yeast infections, if you'd like. It includes feeding raw and giving various supplements as well for about a 3 month period.
Yes if you could send me the protocol for managing yeast infections that would be great! Please PM me. Thank you so much!
 

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Sure! When I try to PM, it says your mailbox is full. Also, pulling up the protocol, i realized it's not by Dr. Dodd, it's by a breeder of natural-reared schnauzers. She's been in the game for a long while, and I'd personally trust her advice, but she is NOT a vet. I didn't mean to mislead! Would you still like it?
 

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Try adding some Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to his food. Sometimes dogs will be stinky if they have 'yeasty' skin even if you aren't aware of it. Zoey was like that would get stinky within about 3 days of a bath, since the ACV she goes about a week or so before she gets smelly lol.
 

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Gosh....I hope you can get her stinkiness resolved. Hmmmm....wonder what could cause a yeast infection of the skin, sounds nasty for sure. As far as the freckles, that is normal, ivy has freckles or just spots of a darker shade on her skin, kinda like a Chinese crested does., and she has no smell at all, well none of my girls do actually.
 

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Absolutely! I didn't realize this site only allowed you to have 1 email in your inbox, it's cleared now. Thanks again, I appreciate it!
 

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could also be her glands???
I had a dog that smelled too thought it was the mouth though brought it too the vet and it was the glands!

Just a thought!
 
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