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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-26-2014, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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They say Vizsla's don't smell but I can tell mine does, tried just washing with warm water and it didn't do much.

They needs soap! What can I use or do to keep the smell down?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-26-2014, 05:44 AM
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All dogs smell to a certain extent, even a vizsla! . Can I ask, is this your first dog? Has your dog rolled in anything at all? Or are there any signs of skin infections/allergies i.e. flakiness, soreness, weeping etc? If the smell is pungent, I suggest you speak to your vet for further advice. There are various preparations you can purchase from your vet or pet supermarkets, but I don't tend to use anything on my dog, other than the odd drop of dog shampoo in a bucket of water to wash her muddy feet! I am sure you will get lots of advice from the forum. You might also want to search the forum. I am sure there is lots of info re soaps and shampoos etc. Hope you solve the problem!
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The Vizsla is not typically a very smelly dog. It's possible that your dog is having some anal gland problems. See the "Search" box on the right-hand side of your screen, just above the advertisements? Type in "anal glands" and press "Search". You will find a number of different threads discussing anal gland issues. It might require a trip to the Vet to determine whether or not this is actually the cause of the odor. Normally, Vizslas don't have much of an odor at all, and have even been described as the "smell good" dog. Hope this helps.

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I agree with mswhipple- Hercules had to have his anal glands seen to a couple of times when he was a puppy- and often the only sign was he smelled a bit funny.

Also check his mouth to make sure his teeth are ok- I can imagine if he's got dental probs that may smell a bit- although that's less likely if he's a puppy.
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If I remember right yours is young, and you just adopted him. I would give him a bath with a detergent free hypoallergenic dog shampoo. He may have had to spend many hours crated alone before you acquired him, and that maybe the reason for the smell.
Be sure to wash all of his bedding when you wash him. I always rinsed the bedding twice, to make sure all detergent is out. Puppies seem to get a little smelly at times, but it gets much better as they get older. Its been a long time since I've washed mine, other than to get the mud off.
If this doesn't work the culprit with most vizslas is either rear or ears.

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Thanks for the advice, I gave him a good bath today with soap and it has gone down, he is 5mths but I'm wondering if I should clean his teeth? Also he is still occasionally weeing in the house (generally when one of us comes home) so I'm guessing that might have something to do with it as well.

Also I took him to the forest and he came home head to toe in mud, you can't soap a Vizsla everyweek so how do you clean them?
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Most of the time I just rinse them off with water.
Detergent free dog shampoo is not as drying on their skin, as regular dog shampoos.

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I agree! It is so easy to think of them as human, but their skin is not like human skin at all. Overbathing can cause problems. Willie gets two baths a year... one in the spring and one in the fall. He never smells bad, he's never itchy, and his coat is silky and glossy. I do brush him about once a week during the hot weather months, which he seems to enjoy. ;D ;D ;D

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There are only a handful of reasons for a Vizsla not to smell nice: 1) when their inflamed anal glands, 2) when they gave a mite or yeast ear infection, 3) when they are wet for a short period of time they have "doggy odor", or 4) when they are stressed out. I think last time we bathed our boy was sometime in summer, after his water retrieve from a smelly pond.
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Darcy has issues with her anal glands, but a trip to the vet and 12 later,all is well...as for her ears, I find a quick dust with THORNIT...does the trick..I believe it's all about being a good owner and looking out for these things before they start causing to much of a problem.....your Vizsla will thank you in the long term..

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