need help with smelly dogs

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  1. dapex

    dapex PetForums Newbie

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    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...
    Cheersrs in Advance
     
  2. shortbackandsides

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    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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    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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  5. Jem

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    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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    We feed our dogs on hills science plan, which covers every type of dog :D It is expensive but one of the best out there, if not the best. Although james welbeloved would be good :D We feed our ferrets on that to :p
     
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    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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    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
     
  9. dapex

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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
     
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    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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    Basic BARF costs me @ £11 per week to feed 3 adult Rotts
     
  12. dapex

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    WOW.... thats much better than I expected, do you mind telling me what you feed them on for that £11 per week??? I would imagine me feeding 2 cavaliers will be about half that amount??? which is about the same or just a bit cheaper than JWB???

    Also, I really liked the sound of the KUDOS beds that were mentioned as I think this will help a lot. Are these the ones waterproof, washable dog pet beds, Mattresses & Blankets for Dogs from Kudos Pet Products Ltd these would fit into the cage nicely. The same site does the throw for the sofa which would be great as well:)

    Feeling much more positive now about all this:)
     
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    I would say more like 1/4 of that a week unless they are big cavaliers ;)
     
  14. chaospony

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    For one lab cross and two cats raw cost me about £15 a month. My butcher actually does a pet food that is everything they need ground up, 80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organs with half of that being liver for .50p a pound, on top of that I give the dog big meaty bones to chew, and the cats get chicken wings every now and then.
     
  15. AJ

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    Apart from a fresh meaty smell on their breathe my dogs don't have any noticable smell at all, unless they've rolled in something. :D

    Hill's is not a good food, look at the ingredients! ;)

    I feed 3 dogs RAW for about £15 a week, it's not expensive.

    Have a look at these threads for more information on raw feeding:

    Why Feed Raw?
    BARF / Raw Made My Dog Ill

    and this website:

    RawFed.com Home Page - The Many Myths of Raw Feeding

    :):)
     
  16. dapex

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    Off to the local butchers in the morning to see what they can do... Take it is just off cuts etc the butcher puts into the dog food.. and I presume it is all raw... How do you store it?
     
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    Right then, the wife really isnt happy about the thought of a barf diet minaly because it will entail us having to buy a freezr to keep the food in and she has been after a 2nd freezr and I have been saying no simply because of the leccy bills being so bloody high. But while looking on Landywoods site I saw the price for the laughing dog complete chicken dinner. This is the same price I am paying for bakers and much cheaper than JWB and seems to tick all the boxes in the fact it appears to be a good food without all the crap...

    Does anyone have any thoughts on Laughing dog food????

    Cheers
     
  18. silly gilly

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    Are u sure they are not peeing in the crate, especially as they are in there a lot, it does seem as if the smell is excessive, I also came of Bakers as I was horrified when I read the ingredients, I changed to JWB and havnt looked back. The dogs love it and are all really healthy and have calmed down a lot. I know it must be hard as u didnt have them from pups but I would persevre in encouraging them out of the crate,:)
     
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    Not peeing in the crate, if I take the bedding out in the morning it smells sweaty and doggy but its never wet enough for them to have weed in it, and the 1st thing they do in a morning is run out for a wee...
     
  20. Leah100

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    Have their anal glands been checked recently? Spaniels do get smelly, my cocker gets very whiffy occasionally, and I can always tell when those glands need doing ages before he starts scooting around the floor because the smell gets particularly bad. You might have to invest in some more bedding so that you can wash it more frequently, Lucas's is done at least once a week or it smells. Not nice for him or for me.
     
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