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Why does my Chihuahua stink !!!

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My chihuahua stinks all the time, even when she has a bath.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Kammer,

Dogs tend to have an odor naturally. In addition, problems with anal glands can cause a dog's rear end to develop an odor that can be anywhere from nearly odorless, to fishy and even smell like feces. With anal gland problems, a dog will frequently lick the area and during the course of grooming spread the smell to various other parts of the body. Bad teeth can also cause bad breath and ear infections can cause the ears to also have a smell as well.

Then there might be a skin condition such as staph dermatitis or yeast dermatitis. These skin conditions are generally seen with allergies. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet.

As you can see, there may be several reasons why your dog has an odor. Your vet can best determine the reason with an examination.

Hope this helps.