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Old 28-09-2008, 07:32 PM
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need help with smelly dogs

guys and gals... I need help to keep the peace in my house... my wife is fed up with our dogs smelling... We have 2 cavalier king charles spaniels and to be honest they do stink. no matter what I do they stink. If I bath them then within a few days they stink again. It is getting out of hand....

They do both spend most of their time indoors in their cage (their choice) if we kick them outside they just sit barking at the back door to come back in and then they run into their cage. We bought them when they were 1yr old and they came with the cage and it is their home... BUT I have noticed that the bedding smells really bad after a couple of days, so I can only pressume that because they are spending so much time in the cage they make the beding smell which in turn keeps them smelly. I dont really think its practical to change their bedding every day and I cant really see we should need to????

Now one dog licks everyhting, so its possible that she is licknig the bedding and the other dog and making them smell.

They eat Bakers dry food, they do have stinky dog breath which deosnt help. I am not expecting them to smell of perfume etc. but I do need to get to the stage where you dont walk in the kitchen and get slapped by the smell.

I have bought a dog toothbrush and toothpaste but to be honest I cant seem to brush their teeth....

Is it worth changing their food to something like James Welbeloved??? is it worth me just shutting the cage door so they cant spend so much time in the cage (but then they just walk around the kitchen looking totally lost). I really dont want to take the bedding out the cage cus then they just have the cold metal base to lie on....

If any of you can offer any help then please please please do.

Please dont rant that dogs do smell because I know they are always going to smell a bit, but even I cringe some mornings when I walk int the kitchen and the smell hits me. We went to a friends house the other night and they have 3 dogs and they didnt smell anyway near as much as my 2.

One last thing, when I stroke the dogs my hands do stink after, so the smell is in the fur or skin...


Also, I currently pay 40 every 6 weeks to have their fur trimmed, is it a hard job to do myself??? the just have a number 1 all over really to keep them from moulting but when I ahve tried myself the clippers just get cloged up...
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Old 28-09-2008, 07:40 PM
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

Hi basically your doggies stink because you are feeding a really crap bad food,change to burns or james welbeloved and im sure you will notice a change,bearing in mind it will take a little time for all the rubbish to pass through their systems.also get their teeth and gums checked out.
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Old 28-09-2008, 07:44 PM
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

Short backandsides has hit the nail on the head. Bakers is one of the worst possible foods you can feed you dogs

Change over to Jameswellbeloved or similar premium complete food, or seriously consider feed the BARF (raw) diet and you should find that stinky, greasy coats and bad breath become a thing of the past.
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Old 28-09-2008, 07:46 PM
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

[QUOTE=dapex;301299]guys and gals... I need help to keep the peace in my house... my wife is fed up with our dogs smelling... We have 2 cavalier king charles spaniels and to be honest they do stink. no matter what I do they stink. If I bath them then within a few days they stink again. It is getting out of hand....

They do both spend most of their time indoors in their cage (their choice) if we kick them outside they just sit barking at the back door to come back in and then they run into their cage. We bought them when they were 1yr old and they came with the cage and it is their home... BUT I have noticed that the bedding smells really bad after a couple of days, so I can only pressume that because they are spending so much time in the cage they make the beding smell which in turn keeps them smelly. I dont really think its practical to change their bedding every day and I cant really see we should need to????





Owning a spaniel my self i have noticed that they can get a bit doggy. Its the oils in there coat. I dont know if you have heard of the Kudos beds they can be found on line are fab and they are smell repellant waterproof flea proof and just need a wipe over with a very weak solution of detergent with a cloth. This has made a lot of difference to my dog as he use to get so sweaty sometimes and his bed use to feel damp just by him sleeping on it at night. Even with the washing it. I have also found switching to
a different dog food other than the bakers which itsnt thought of as a very good dog food. I switched to natures diet and he is also better with his coat to. James beloved is good also
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Old 28-09-2008, 07:48 PM
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

I know you dont want to wash their bedding as they'll only have a metal cage to sleep on, but what i'd try and do is wash it once a week and shut the cage door, while they are out try and engage them in game or even a bit of basic training so they enjoy being out their cages for a while and it wont stress them out to much either if u make it fun for them out of their cages.
I would also change their food xx
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

We feed our dogs on hills science plan, which covers every type of dog It is expensive but one of the best out there, if not the best. Although james welbeloved would be good We feed our ferrets on that to :P
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

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Short backandsides has hit the nail on the head. Bakers is one of the worst possible foods you can feed you dogs

Change over to Jameswellbeloved or similar premium complete food, or seriously consider feed the BARF (raw) diet and you should find that stinky, greasy coats and bad breath become a thing of the past.
Yeah after I changed my dog to the raw diet her breath changed to really nice instead of yuk mouth. And her coat it less greasy and less doggy smelling if that makes since.

Good luck getting your two sorted out. Have you thought about asking your mate what they are feeding their dogs?
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

are they definately not widdling on their bed ??? The food does make a difference to odour, do they have any titbits or milk etc, we had one in the grooming parlour that used to smell but always of stale milk as far as the grooming goes that is a pretty good price, if it is the normal run of the mill wahl pet clippers they do clog you need to get a proper oster pair of clippers BUT it is not as easy as you think you have to be aware of causing clipper rash and not making them look as if they have been done with a knife and fork
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Old 28-09-2008, 08:04 PM
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Re: need help with smelly dogs

oK, just found out that the friends I spoke about feed JWB, I may consider that.

Got to ask about BARF.. I ahve heard so many bad things about it but also so many good things about it. This may seem a harsh question but is it expensive. I know we have to love our dogs but being realisitc I hve bills etc and cant afford to go mad (its going to be bad enough paying 40 for JWB)..

Also sulivan mentioned the dogs getting sweaty which surprised me as I thought dogs didnt sweat??? This however does make sense because some mornings when I take them out, as the get out the cage the smell is really bad. The wife says they smell like dirty old men who ave been sat in the same clothes for weeks.... Do they sweat. The beds never look or feel like they have been weed in BTW.

If you can explain the basics of BARF and the costs and answer the question abotu can dogs sweat I woudl be really really happy

Thank you so much or all your replies

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Old 28-09-2008, 08:13 PM
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oK, just found out that the friends I spoke about feed JWB, I may consider that.

Got to ask about BARF.. I ahve heard so many bad things about it but also so many good things about it. This may seem a harsh question but is it expensive. I know we have to love our dogs but being realisitc I hve bills etc and cant afford to go mad (its going to be bad enough paying 40 for JWB)..

Also sulivan mentioned the dogs getting sweaty which surprised me as I thought dogs didnt sweat??? This however does make sense because some mornings when I take them out, as the get out the cage the smell is really bad. The wife says they smell like dirty old men who ave been sat in the same clothes for weeks.... Do they sweat. The beds never look or feel like they have been weed in BTW.

If you can explain the basics of BARF and the costs and answer the question abotu can dogs sweat I woudl be really really happy

Thank you so much or all your replies

Cheers

BARF should work out cheaper than JWB there are a lot of members on here that can help you with the BARF 'rules and regs' as for dogs sweating have you ever noticed that if they stand on a hard floor they leave paw marks - they sweat through their pads for one
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