Dog Smells Rotten

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Our 12 year old lab-ish is getting pretty rank, and it's not an issue with bathing. It smells like she is rotting from the inside out to the point where we can now smell her before we see her. Anybody have any ideas before we take her to the vet? My wife started giving her apple cider vinegar in her food to no avail and we also switched her food to no avail. Smells like she could have a glandular issue or perhaps some kind of infection. Any insight would be appreciated.
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Any roadkill close by?
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Teeth?
Prune Tracy
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Anal glands issue?
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Teeth, anal glands, or an abcess would be my thoughts if it isn't rolling in something.
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B1-83 canned beans recipe??
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rather be fishing said:

Teeth, anal glands, or an abcess would be my thoughts if it isn't rolling in something.
This. My dog had an anal gland issue when he was younger, and it was not pleasant to be around. It smelled like fish, all of the time. I consulted a vet and they suggested switching to a new food, so I switched him to Blue Buffalo, and haven't had an issue since.
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If it's anal gland issues I've had success feeding them canned pumpkin mixed into their normal food to help firm their feces and express the glands.

You can also finger their butthole which has the same effect.
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texican08 said:

If it's anal gland issues I've had success feeding them canned pumpkin mixed into their normal food to help firm their feces and express the glands.

You can also finger their butthole which has the same effect.


We've also done the pumpkin/food mix trick
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texican08 said:

If it's anal gland issues I've had success feeding them canned pumpkin mixed into their normal food to help firm their feces and express the glands.

You can also finger their butthole which has the same effect.


I'm gonna go with the canned pumpkin there Bob...
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Check for ear infection as well...
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You can always glove up and express those anal glands yourself.
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Animal said:

Check for ear infection as well...
Yes, smell the ears.
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I hate to say this but I'd have an x-ray done.. we had a 12 year old golden who this happened to and she was full of cancer.
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CowtownJD said:

Animal said:

Check for ear infection as well...
Yes, smell the ears.


Our male doberman had infected ears when they were cropped. You could smell it several feet away and it was disgusting
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When my daughters dog comes over, he likes to roll in cow shiet. Any cattle near by?
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pseudomonas smells horrible. Check the dogs ears. Bacteria infections are common in floppy eared dogs.

And be careful giving vinegar. Lowering pH unnecessarily when giving vinegar can cause lots of problems.
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Ours smelled bad about a week ago....ear infection
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If the ears are fine, express the anal glands. One gland on each side of the anus.. You can try the pumpkin, but it's not 100%. Put an old wash cloth over the area and squeeze with two fingers, each finger about an inch away on each side of the poop shoot, almost like you're pinching. Push in about 3/4 of an inch. Use gloves if you want. But, if you don't cover the area with a cloth, you will get a face full. Have someone hold the dog by the collar. Oh, and do this outside.....
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MilanoCowboy said:

If the ears are fine, express the anal glands. One gland on each side of the anus.. You can try the pumpkin, but it's not 100%. Put an old wash cloth over the area and squeeze with two fingers, each finger about an inch away on each side of the poop shoot, almost like you're pinching. Push in about 3/4 of an inch. Use gloves if you want. But, if you don't cover the area with a cloth, you will get a face full. Have someone hold the dog by the collar. Oh, and do this outside.....


You forgot "have your wife or a buddy video said procedure...in landscape mode."
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Are these some kind of scent gland for marking territory? What is the purpose of these glands?
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MilanoCowboy said:

If the ears are fine, express the anal glands. One gland on each side of the anus.. You can try the pumpkin, but it's not 100%. Put an old wash cloth over the area and squeeze with two fingers, each finger about an inch away on each side of the poop shoot, almost like you're pinching. Push in about 3/4 of an inch. Use gloves if you want. But, if you don't cover the area with a cloth, you will get a face full. Have someone hold the dog by the collar. Oh, and do this outside.....


And this is one of the many reasons being a vet was not in my future. (Of course my grades could have been a factor too, but we don't need to go there! )
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KorbinDallas said:

texican08 said:

If it's anal gland issues I've had success feeding them canned pumpkin mixed into their normal food to help firm their feces and express the glands.

You can also finger their butthole which has the same effect.


I'm gonna go with the canned pumpkin there Bob...
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Old Tom Morris
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Groomers will do the ass fingering. So if you think that could be the issue and don't have the stomach for it, that's an option and you'll get an overall clean dog back.
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KorbinDallas said:

Are these some kind of scent gland for marking territory? What is the purpose of these glands?
It does serve as a way to mark territory. But, I think main purpose is when dog gets the bejeezus scared out of it, the scent is a repellant, much like a skunk's scent gland. Cat's have the same gland.
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Possibly grass burs. My golden gets them stuck in his fur and i think they start to decompose/rot and make him stink. That's just my theory though. I've also noticed a correlation between his stink and horniness (is that a word? lol). When he starts getting the hots for every blanket in the house, he starts to stink. Maybe musk or something along those lines.
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Anal gland stench usually has a pretty distinct fishy/rotting fish smell. It is pretty distinguishable from other forms of dog stank.
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OverSeas AG said:

MilanoCowboy said:

If the ears are fine, express the anal glands. One gland on each side of the anus.. You can try the pumpkin, but it's not 100%. Put an old wash cloth over the area and squeeze with two fingers, each finger about an inch away on each side of the poop shoot, almost like you're pinching. Push in about 3/4 of an inch. Use gloves if you want. But, if you don't cover the area with a cloth, you will get a face full. Have someone hold the dog by the collar. Oh, and do this outside.....


And this is one of the many reasons being a vet was not in my future. (Of course my grades could have been a factor too, but we don't need to go there! )
The exotic pet doctor on tv has said many times she got away from cats and dogs so she did not have to express anal glands anymore.
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Thanks for all of the advice! I got busy yesterday and wasn't able to respond until now. It's definitely not the ears, or at least that we can tell. They smell fine. It's not rolling in feces, because she does like to find and roll in deer feces, and that is very apparent. It seems like it's coming from her skin on her entire body.

Just this weekend somebody else recommended switching to Blue dog food. We bought the Blue chicken, rice, etc. We'll see how that works. I'll add some pumpkin to her food, and I'm at the point where expressing her anal glands seems appealing. Because she smells that bad.
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is she dragging her a** on the carpet at all? people always think of worms but usually tell tale sign that anal glands are filled up.
RebelE91
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Quote:

is she dragging her a** on the carpet at all? people always think of worms but usually tell tale sign that anal glands are filled up.
No not that we can tell. I haven't seen anything like that.
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If it's the glands your vet will do it for $10-15, best money you'll ever spend. My dog has problems with the anal glands and that's a stink you want no part of.
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