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Old 09-25-2012, 04:04 PM
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My old guy (just shy of 16) just keeps getting more stinky. He swims a lot. I bathe him every weekend at the end of the swimming for the day. He is a thick coated boy so maybe not drying out? I have just got & tried the KetoChlor medicated shampoo from the vet & seems like no improvement. Does anyone have any suggestions? Vet said it's combo old dog smell & some bacteria in skin that is the probable cause. He's such a clean boy so I'm baffled on what to do. He smells like a combo of poo & more poo.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:29 PM
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how wonderful your old guy is still swimming a good dog life!

my old man was kinda stinky, too (at least my husband thought so!) After googling "stinky dog", I hit upon rinsing him with diluted white vinegar, then a final clear water rinse. helped a bit.
have you had his anal glands expressed?
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If it's perhaps a fungal condition going on from the constant dampness, I'd use Microtek shampoo. It's really good for fungal or bacterial issues.
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Wow, now that's a good idea~thanks for the help I will try this next time. It is sure to be a lot cheaper than buying Rx dog shampoo. Thanks!
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Where do you buy Microtek in case the vinegar solution doesn't work? I know Elvis had not had his anal glands done in a long time, maybe that's also a good idea.
Altho it's not THAT smell, but could attribute some of the odor if there is something going on.
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You can get MicroTeck at Tractor Supply down here and some tack stores too.

Elvis might be a little stinky, but he sure is adorable - extremely adorable.

My old guy had a strong "doggy" odor to me, but I didn't think anything of it until I took him to specialist and she told me that was a sign of skin infection. It was both bacterial and fungal and a medicated shampoo 2X a week(Duoxo Rx because I couldn't find MicroTek) and antibiotics initially and then just medicated bathes sure made his skin a lot better.
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if you can't find Micro-Tek at tack stores, you can order online at amazon. I'd use full strength while you feel there is something going on. Later you can dilute it. Just be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse ( true with any shampoo).
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Mick is 13 and I get that old man smell especially in the summer. His groomer uses half liquid anti-bacterial and half white vinegar shaken not stirred. Then she rinses him with half vinergar half water stirred not shaken and then a clean water rinse. Lasts a good 6 weeks.
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Thanks, Elvis is very handsome even in his OLD age.
While I think the vet is correct with combo skin infection with old dog smell...I will try the Rx again until I use it up, but love the vinegar rinse idea as well.
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I sure do rinse & rinse~he's a dense coated boy. I will check Amazon
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