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Hi there!Well, there could be a couple of options (given you don't see any signs of injury / infection on her skin or in her ear):1. Anal gland discharge; you probably already know this, but there are two glands just on the inside of the anus which contain a really foul smelling liquid. The glands sometimes release the fluid unexpectedly and this can happen as a result of sudden movement, a cough, etc. Dogs are often disturbed by the discomfort caused by the glands' fullness and may lick the area when the glands discharge their contents, thereby getting the liquid on their face. Perhaps you've smelled this before and know it's not it, because once you know what this smells like, you'll not ever mistake it for anything else.2. Buttercup may have rubbed her face into a dead critter of some kind; the smells coming off a dead animal could run a range of awfulness.I don't know what kind of soap you used, but I would try diluted dish soap (not dishwater detergent) like Dawn, which will help to strip the smell; do this several times over an hour and it should help to get the smell off...If not, you can try a skunk smell removal remedy, not because I think Buttercup suffered from skunk's spray but because those remedies can be effective in removing a variety of smells. You can search online for the recipes, but those most effective typically contain hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap.Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have other questions!
Something from a dead carcass could smell like cooked liver and so could anal gland contents, it's sort of subjective, I guess, but it could fit. Same with color, something from a carcass could be relatively colorless, but anal gland contents are typically yellow, tan or brown, however, when on the hair, it could be hard to determine the color... But, on a white dog, you should be able to see it.It's hard to tell. It sounds more likely that it's from something dead rather than anal glands; there should not be a risk to her health, but it certainly sounds gross. I would give it another gentle scrub with soap and see if you can get the smell off a little bit better.
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