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Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

Well my darling Liza has for the first time ever decided to roll herself into some kind of poo on our walk on Friday ..... before i could even pass fields with dung etc and she never ever did it!

Back home,she got hosed down and shampooed ( with dog shampoo) in the bath tub but she still gives off an odour of 'eau de poo' and this makes me gag frankly and i was wondering what best to do ....

Shall i wash her again, i heard its not good for the dogs skin etc if done too often,also she is not exactly a water rat and only just recently plucked up the courage to play at the shore of the lake, in puddles etc and i don't want to upset her unecessarily.. i also have seen bottles of some kind of dog 'perfume' in Fressnapf/Qualipet which i would consider as another option...or what else can i do .....

Looking forward to your ideas ...so that i can take the clothes peg of my nose and pet my doggie again without stomach upset
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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

Ah, one of the joys of living with dogs...

Has she by any chance rolled in fox poo? Or any other 'musky' animal poo?

(Fox poo is one of the most vile - and lingering - substances on earth. And one the dogs seem to prize above all other things. )

If so, I've found that washing my dog in something tomato-based is pretty much the only thing that takes out this particular smell.

Tomato juice works well. If you have tomato paste, thin it with water to the consistency of a thick-ish juice.

Get your dog wet (with water), rub the tomato juice in thoroughly. Now comes the hard part - you need to keep your dog tomato juice-covered for a few minutes. Your dog will likely try to shake - which means you will have tomato all over the walls, floor and ceiling. I wrap mine in a towel and give him/her a chew-stick or kong to keep him/her occupied.

After about 5 minutes, I then rinse my dog thoroughly, shampooing with regular dog shampoo if needed. You may need to rinse several times.

Is your dog white? If so, be prepared for a bit of a pink tinge. My collie sported a pink ruff for a few days...

If its 'only' normal non-musky poo that she has rolled in, try a thorough brushing getting as much dead hair out as possible. Look for dried poo bits still clinging to the coat - you'd be surprised how tenacious that stuff is! You can then try to shampoo again using a special deodorizing shampoo - this is the one I use:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...7&pcatid=18837

You want a deodorizing shampoo, not just a scented one. Scented shampoos tend to mask odors, not remove them, sometimes making an even worse combined scent.

You are right that most dogs should not be bathed frequently, but in an emergency (and I county gagging everytime you cuddle your dog an emergency ) you do whatcha gotta do.

My guys are breeds tending to dry skin, so they are not bathed regularly, only when they become over-ripe, about twice a year. Or whenever they roll in fox poo.

You could also try brushing baking soda through the dog's coat when dry. I've done this to get rid of 'oily-ish' odors in a bath-hating golden retriever (different kind of fur) when she got a bit too smelly. I've never tried it against a poo smell, though. But might be worth a try.

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All else fails - I mow the grass, let the dogs play in the fresh mown clippings. Somehow, this seems to take out all odors - turns the dogs green, but they come in smelling lovely.

Good luck...

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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

If she's a shaggy coated dog there might still be a bit of poo left in it which is a bit of a health hazard to you.

We had a dog that loved a good roll in fox-poo which is super-whiffy (and once she rolled around in a dead seagull which was ). We did have to bathe her a couple of times to get the pong out but then she would go a good few months before going into the bath again which would give her skin time to recondition itself. She never suffered with skin problems because of it.

Also, have you washed her collar? That might also be harbouring traces of it.
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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

ooppps i don't know how to do resizing from a pic i posted via my blog...Liza is the black dog ,shown here with her best mate Ben the Westie.....

Thank you for your advices I will heed them and have also printed out Meloncollies post I am really 'anxious' to get rid of that odour and it is well likely that it was fox poo, as we walk her usually in the nearby forest where we let her roam free to her hearts content....Thanks again!!!

(hmmpf,,,can't ad the piccie smaller sorry peeps and jrspet )

Here's the link to the blog post with the pic

http://sylvssilverspoonreturns.blogs...a-and-ben.html
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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

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If she's a shaggy coated dog there might still be a bit of poo left in it which is a bit of a health hazard to you.
along with licking its own arse....
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Have you tried asking your vet?
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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

Have you tried washing your dog again, only this time thoroughly ?

Dogs do not smell of sh1te by nature, therefore it is just dirty.
Your vet will charge you handsomely I'm sure for exactly the same diagnosis.
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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

Vanilla is one of the most potent masking fragrances around.

Just thought I'd share that with you.
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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

Are you certain it is a turd related aroma? We thought one of our cats had the same problem and after washing the poor thing without success eventually found it was actually an infected fight wound we hadn't previously seen. Smelt exactly the same.
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Are you certain it is a turd related aroma? We thought one of our cats had the same problem and after washing the poor thing without success eventually found it was actually an infected fight wound we hadn't previously seen. Smelt exactly the same.
Good point. With dogs it's usually pointy seeds getting into the paws or lower legs. Check thoroughly between the toes.
My old spaniel used to pick them up often.
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Your vet will charge you handsomely I'm sure for exactly the same diagnosis.
Ours didn't. I phoned up, explained the problem and she gave us a bottle of stuff that did the trick.
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Ours didn't. I phoned up, explained the problem and she gave us a bottle of stuff that did the trick.
Bottle of Febreze?
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Have you tried asking your vet?

I would have if i could..forums like this are a lifeline for people like me...as i am totally deaf and thus can't do phone calls anymore and my vet hasn't got email.....

So thanks again to everyone who took my question seriously and replied with your tips and stuff! much appreciated!!

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Re: Eeek my dog gives off a whiff of 'eau de poo'

My farm hounds always rolled in the most unholy of excrements they could find, and the expense of 'vet grade' dog shampoo was just too expensive on a regular basis. A co-worker eventually tipped me off with a secret to just wash the hounds in "WOOL WASH".

The theory evolved around the fact that Dogs (pH6.5 - 7.5) and People (pH5.2 - 6.2) have different pH levels of the skin...... but dogs and sheep are pretty similar.

Don't research too hard on precise pH levels as these values will vary on the literature, and species of dog (and people etc.)........ and even then, all individuals may react differently anyway.


I used to use about 3 caps of WOOL WASH in a bucket of cool water (about 5L) with 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid.

  • NEVER WASH THE WHOLE DOG for the first time.....
  • just trial a small area first in case there is some sort of reaction.
  • If all is good within 24hr, continue, but
  • try to avoid washing the face (it's more difficult to wash the product off the skin there).
When rinsing the dog, watch for bubbles in the fur. When there is no more bubbles, you can tell that the wash solution has gone.

The dogs smell awesome after a wool wash bath, but they still prefer the stench of festy crap instead....... that will never change.


N.B. I started to do a bit of 'google' research for you, but I realised there is a lot of variability in the pH of both wool wash products and liquid detergernts.
I also have no idea what sort of dog you have, so make sure you only try a small area first on the dog before trying this.
I did this for years, and didn't once have a problem, so you should be pretty right.
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