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Old 02-18-2008, 09:57 PM
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Question Is doggy smell true for all Golden's?

Hi there, posted about housebreaking the other day, now have another question. Holly is almost 14 weeks...and she gets pretty doggy smelling. She has a clean bill of health, so medical wouldn't be the problem. I did just change her dog food from Iams Eukanuba to Hill's Science Diet. This was to see if it helped her stools not be soooooo black and sometimes runny. Vet said to try the food change, and now things are much better. I was wondering if the smell will get better with the food change as well. She's been kind of a stinker since we got her (in more ways than one..LOL) She gets a bath often, and LOVES them, but I just wondered if I am the sole stinker owner, or if most Goldens do have that certain eau du doggy. Thanks!!!!
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:03 PM
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I noticed Brady started smelling better when we switched from his breeder's food (Royal Canin) to Natural Balance. It might've just been coincidental, but still, it was something we noticed.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:06 PM
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I could very well be immune to the eau de doggie but I rarely bathe Oakly and I don't pick up any doggy odor. He is a big lap dog so my face is in his fur all the time. I think frequent brushing helps a great deal with the doggie smell. I don't know if it is a fact but I heard once that the doggie smell comes from dead hair. Dogs that like to sleep in fresh dirt do seem to get that doggie smell.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:50 PM
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My first golden had doggie smell but I realized after she passed away that she was probably reacting to the corn in her dog food...Pedigree has corn as a first ingredient!! She smelled like "popcorn B.O." She also used to get a bath at least once a month and still smelled.

The goldens that I have now, two 2 yr olds and a 9 mo old, have never had a bath and don't smell at all, also their fur is nice and soft and clean feeling. I think that a good quality food, without all of the extra grains that is in some of the foods, is the reason that they have no "popcorn B.O" or "Freito feet"...
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:56 PM
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I honestly don't have any odour problems with my guys & I'm not one who regularly bathes them either. I agree that regular brushing and making sure that all matting is removed will make a HUGE difference. The only thing smelly about my guys is right after they eat as I feed them salmon with their dry foods - now that's gross!!!! (but worth the temporary bad breathe when you see their coats!!!)

Another hint: Make sure that you wash your GD's bedding regularly the same as you do yours! That will make another HUGE difference!
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Check her ears. Ears tend to be smelly if not kept very clean and dry.
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Fergus has that sweet puppy smell until very recently (he's 22 weeks). I notice when he plays with other dogs like at the dog park or with my paren't dog, he ends up stinkier - but I think that has more to do with the dirt and water he plays in. Wet dog (even clean wet dog) is a very distinctive smell. And wet not-so-clean dog is the pits. Brushing helps (and PG is right - check the ears for infection). Otherwise you might try a different food after this bag is gone. Iams and Science Diet aren't the greatest as far as ingredients go, despite all the vet recommendations. 14 weeks seems a little young in my opinion to be truly stinky, unless he's rolling in something icky, which they love to do. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Both Millie and Pearl are in our laps all the time. The only time Millie has a smell is if she gets muddy. Cheap or poorly made food can give them a smell too though.
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Bailey stunk REALLY bad when I tried feeding him Nutrience! As soon as I put him back on Nutra, the smell was gone, so his was definitely food related. He sometimes smells icky after playing with other dogs at the dog park.
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katie will be 2 in march, no bad breath.
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