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for those of you that have dogs, do u mind sharing how u keep fido sweet smelling and well groomed? best case scenario is taking them somewhere weekly for the works. cant afford that. it is the three big dogs i have. they now have their own room, and when i open the door the funk is unbelievable. i have checked for under lying health concerns (none) make sure the room is clean (it is), bath weekly. within a cpl days........ OMG, yuck. i have tried skin so soft, vinegar, dawn, tomato juice, etc......... any thoughts?

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I would clean the dogs room really good once a week (cleaning the sleeping stuff,etc.) maybe evening shampooing the carpet once a month or so. I know how bad they can stink but i'd try to cut down on the baths unless the vet tells you to bathe them that much. (causes my dog -a Lab. to have awful dandruff and it itches him so much because it dried his skin out) I use two shampoos on my dog. One as a shampoo and one as a conditioner, and that seems to help him. He even goes swimming in rivers, rolls around in mud, etc. and smells like new after a bath :) I hope this helps.

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What are you feeding them? That can make a tremendous difference in odors of various kinds... and no kind of bathing will fix it much.

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ahhh didnt think of that.... kibbles and bits.......... should i feed them something else?????

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YES feed them something else!! Also, make sure thier anal glands don't need to be expressed. That is the most awful smell when they start leaking. Raw bones (not chicken or turkey) are the best to feed them to help naturally express them. When checking the ingredients on the bag of food, you want to make sure the first ingredient listed is a meat... not a meat product or a meat "meal". You're going to pay more, but its worth it. Lamb is great for the skin, and I have been using purina one lamb and rice for my lab because her skin gets really dry.It helps her keep from shedding so much as well. Fish oil added to thier food helps thier skin too. Clean thier teeth regularly, and maybe even take them to the vet and have them professionally done. I wouldn't bath more than once a month either since it will dry out their skin and make sure you have a dog shampoo. They need a different pH than humans.

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I'd certainly try it for a month or two and see how much difference it makes.

I don't know how into it you want to go... So You Are Confused By Dog Food - Food & Nutrition Forum is a pretty good guide to conventional dog foods - not so much listing brands as info on what to look for and why. Some of the people on dogster get pretty unconventional (like me...I believe rawfeeding is ideal - there is a dogster forum for that also but the rawfeeder yahoo group is better). If that is too far out for you, I think the next best is a high quality brand. Call of the Wild and Blue Buffalo are the two I remember that I think are reasonably priced for what they are. It will look shockingly expensive but isn't as expensive as it looks because the dogs don't eat as much of it as they do Kibbles and Bits. If it is still out of your budget in the long term, maybe you can do a month or two while you see how much difference it makes and do some research. There are intermediate brands but I don't remember the details about them - one of those may be good enough to solve the problem.

Oh, I should probably add that you won't find Call of the Wild/Blue Buffalo types in grocery stores. Sometimes they are in the big box pet stores but the best place I've found is Tractor Supply Store (I don't know if that is a nation wide chain or not) or I would think there would be a web page with store locators or a number to call.

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wow thank you sooo much! been looking around some sights today. i appreciate the time you took to to help me...

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thanks again to all that helped............. did some more research, and started a raw diet today. they have all had various skin issues. also did the "other thing" mentioned. that was what the problem was, so that should help. good thing we are nurses, as we are used to the shotty end of things ;)

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Smile.

I do highly (most highly) recommend the yahoo rawfeeders group, then, it most valuable when I switched both for the archives and the daily encouragement through the responses to my posts or other newbies.

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My dogs (Boxers) LOVE Taste of the Wild food! Kibbles and bits?! Yuck! Its like feeding a kid fast food and junk food for every meal, yeah they love the taste but ohh so bad for them. Learned a long time a go a better quality food although it might be more expensive, is much better for them overall from their coats, their breath, clearing up skin issues, their smell and less GAS! Actually, you feed MORE cheaper food to dogs, a better quality (like Taste of the Wild) you are feeding less because there are less fillers in it and it fills them up easier and for longer. So a 15 pound bag of Kibbles and Bits will last say a week whereas the better quality will last much longer since you feed them less of it.

TOTW (Taste of the Wild) can be found in most pet food stores, won't find it in the grocery store or places like that. Should you not like doing raw (my dogs would NOT do raw..tried several times), here is a link for TOTW, you can call and request samples (pretty decent sized ones) Grain-Free Natural Premium Holistic Healthy Dog and Cat Food - Taste of the Wild Pet Food

As for bathing weekly...really NOT a good idea. You are stripping away all their natural oils they need to protect their coats and skin. Also very drying to the skin and can cause skin issues (rashes, itchy areas etc). What you can do is get those baby wipes and wipe them down if their coats get a little dirty or just as a nice way to freshen them up without bathing them all the time.

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Don't forget oral care too. ;) My little 4.5 pound yorkie can have pretty bad breath for such a little creature.

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