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I have a schnauzer that has very bad body odor even after he

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I have a schnauzer that has very bad body odor even after he has been washed and groomed. I also had him put too sleep and had his teeth cleaned. Its like it comes out of his pores. Any advice please.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Maro replied 7 years ago.



What specific kinds of shampoos has he been bathed with?

Any medicated shampoos?

Does he skin feel a little greasy?

Are his ears clean, any odor to them?


Dr. M

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes, I use a medicated shampoo. No his skin does not feel greasy. I have noticed a few bumps that feel like scabs maybe from dry skin. His ears are clean and do not smell. I just had him profesionally groomed and within hours he had a very stong odor on his body that even stayed on my hands when I rubbed him.
Expert:  Dr. Maro replied 7 years ago.



Yeast is one type of organism that will grow on the skin. It can smell worse shortly after a bath because the moisture from the bath and the warmth of the dogs skin can increase the growth of the yeast. Antibacterial shampoos usually will not treat yeast infections.


Most skin yeast infections have a fruity, musty odor. Does this seem familiar?


You may need to use an antifungal shampoo on him. Miconazole is commonly used on dogs for skin yeast infections. I use one called malaseb. You can usually obtain them from your veterinarian. Some forms are available at pet shops. Chlorhexaderm used in a higher concentration than the antibacterial strength can be used to treat some skin yeast infections.


Do you think this could be your dog's problem?


If you have any other questions please let me know.


Dr. M

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes he does smell a little musty. His skin is dry and a little scabby. He has not always had this odor will this shampoo cure the yeast infection or does have to take any antibiotics.
Expert:  Dr. Maro replied 7 years ago.



If he does not have an active bacterial infection on his skin he does not need to take an antibiotic. Some times when dogs have a bad enough yeast infection they will itch and dig a lot. This can lead to a bacterial infection. And sometimes it can go the other way. A bacterial infection will damage the skin and allow the yeast to get a foot hold.


If all you are seeing is dry skin and a little scabbing then you are probably fine to just use the shampoo. If his skin would become red or you notice a lot of little bumps this can be the start of a bacterial infection.


Anything else?


Dr. M

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes I have seen red bumps on him a couple of weeks ago and he constantly rubs himself against the sofa. so all I need is this shampoo.
Expert:  Dr. Maro replied 7 years ago.



That is the first place to start. Bathe him with the antifungal shampoo every 3 days for 3-4 treatments. If he does not seem greatly improved then I would recommend taking him to your veterinarian and having them assess if he would benefit from a course of antibiotics.


If his skin would break out again in red bumps or he would start digging aggressively at himself then I would get an appointment sooner with your veterinarian.


Anything else I can answer?


Dr. M

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank for your help. Tahowie
Expert:  Dr. Maro replied 7 years ago.



Good luck.


Dr. M

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