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Question Stinky dog...how to de-stink?

When I picked up my foster on Saturday night, the poor guy smelled like pee so much he stunk up my truck and made my eyes water. He immediately got a bath. Two days later, he peed in his crate and I hosed out the crate, cleaned it, hosed it off again and let it sit in the sun for 4 hours. He got a bath and the blankets in the crate got washed twice.

Fast forward to today: I picked him up and thought he smelled like pee again. Did a sniff check in the crate and the crate and blanket smell fine. The vet confirmed he still smells like pee, but obviously not as badly as the day I picked him up.

I'm assuming the smell is lingering on him. I've been using earthbath puppy shampoo because it's gentle, but am about to bathe him again...should I continue to use the puppy stuff or should I try the mango tango? Mango tango isn't harsh by any means, but it's not puppy formulated.

Anything else I could do? Rinse him with apple cider vinegar?

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This this dog is in need of a vet visit to rule out a medical problem. The stink is the least of your worries...that is just a symptom. Have a complete physical done on him asap.
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This this dog is in need of a vet visit to rule out a medical problem. The stink is the least of your worries...that is just a symptom. Have a complete physical done on him asap.
She said something about the vet confirming his smell, so I imagine he's been to the vet.

Ashley, I know sometimes Enzo gets like that. He's not the best about not peeing on the backs of his front legs. lol I'd go ahead and try the Mango Tango and just stay away from his face.
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Fast forward to today: I picked him up and thought he smelled like pee again. Did a sniff check in the crate and the crate and blanket smell fine. The vet confirmed he still smells like pee, but obviously not as badly as the day I picked him up.
Poor little baby. the only puppy I ever had was my BassettX and I must admit to no real knowledge. Could you wash him with the deskunking mixture(Dawn, Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda)? If it will clean that up, it surely will handle a little pee smell.

He's cute little stinker though.


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I would rinse out the shampoo with white vinegar. The vinegar should deodorize him, just watch the eyes.

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I think I would go for the Mango shampoo. Just pour a bit into a cup to dilute it with water before applying. Does his whole body smell like it, or just around his his backside? Could be he is just dribbling a bit on himself when he pees. Maybe use some baby wipes on him after he potty's?
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For the most part.... "puppy" shampoos aren't all that different from other quality products.... just another way to get people to buy various products. Read the labels to find out what is safe to use on heads and what is not.

I would spend forever scrubbing him...to the point the bubbles you create are very white. This may mean 5+ scrubs and rinses.... but definitely worth it for a puppy that doesn't smell as much!
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This this dog is in need of a vet visit to rule out a medical problem. The stink is the least of your worries...that is just a symptom. Have a complete physical done on him asap.
We were just at the vet for his second set of shots and he checked out a-ok health-wise, just a little smelly.

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She said something about the vet confirming his smell, so I imagine he's been to the vet.

Ashley, I know sometimes Enzo gets like that. He's not the best about not peeing on the backs of his front legs. lol I'd go ahead and try the Mango Tango and just stay away from his face.
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I think I would go for the Mango shampoo. Just pour a bit into a cup to dilute it with water before applying. Does his whole body smell like it, or just around his his backside? Could be he is just dribbling a bit on himself when he pees. Maybe use some baby wipes on him after he potty's?
I watch him a like a hawk when he pees and I don't think he's getting it on himself...it's kinda an "all over" pee aroma, like on his back and head, too. I went to double check the crate and it's fine, so i think it's just a residual smell. I also make sure he doesn't wander under Ranger when Ranger is peeing!

Mango tango it is!

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Poor little baby. the only puppy I ever had was my BassettX and I must admit to no real knowledge. Could you wash him with the deskunking mixture(Dawn, Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda)? If it will clean that up, it surely will handle a little pee smell.

He's cute little stinker though.
Aw, thanks! He had a lot of people come over to ooh and ahh over him at the vet clinic today but he's so timid with people. The vet told me to get out socialize the heck out of him with people. Little Rango was hiding between my legs and wouldn't even come out when people were offering him cookies.

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I would rinse out the shampoo with white vinegar. The vinegar should deodorize him, just watch the eyes.
Excellent - white vinegar rinse it is!!

Thanks everyone! Hopefully the little guy gets de-stinkified!

Reddogs - I bought puppy shampoo for RANGER last year just because it smelled so good! I was so proud of myself for having puppy shampoo on hand for Rango! Good to know that i can use other stuff on him, too. Earthbath products are pretty gentle anyway. That's a great point about giving him a full scrub down...I didn't want to scar the poor guy his first night here so his bath was pretty quick and gentle. His second bath was also on the quick side so I'll spend a lot of time scrubbing him down today. Maybe I'll use a rubber curry mitt instead of just my hands, too.

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microtek takes care of the stink in addition to being good for their skin and coat.



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Ah, microtek...good idea. My bottle is at the barn but I'll bring it home when I'm out next in case I need it here. My horse got his tail scrubbed the other day so i took it with me from home. I should pour some into two bottles so I have some for each place!

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