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Old 11-02-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I think you may have hit on it. She is bathed frequently. She is a black Lab and she has bad breath too. I bet an antibiotic would make sense for her too.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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Default Maybe my smeller's bad, but

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My son has a year old Lab. She is fed Science Diet. When we pet her our hands stink. It could be she's regularly rolling in icky things outside, but she's watched pretty carefully, so I wonder if there are any other explainations?
I have a 12-year old yellow lab on Prescription Diet and he's not stinky, unless as you said "he gets into something icky."
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:43 PM
 
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wifes new choc lab smells deadly its not his ears or butt its the oil on his body.im gonna give this smell machine away when shes at work if i dont figure something out.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:06 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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labs are water retreivers, their dense coat is oilier than other breeds...this oily coat tends to retain odor a little more than some, which frequent bathing actually makes worse (it stripps the oils damages the coat and the body goes into overdrive making more oil to make up for whats been stripped)

1: get the poor dog off Sci-DIE!
labs are a breed VERY commonly found to have CORN allergies
take a look at the ingredients on the bag...keep in mind dogs are carnivoers (not OBLIGATE like cat but they are still carnivores and cannot digest grain or fresh plant matter)
first 2 ingredients in most science diet products
CORN...and "chicken by-product meal" (this is ground up bits of chicken that cant be used as "meat" feet, beaks, feathers) theres actually no REAL meat anywhere in most science diet products...one line of science deit has corn as the first 3 ingredients for goodness sake...even their lamb and rice has corn in it...
corn is a cheap filler, KNOWN to agrivate skin issues and cause allergies so switch the dog to a corn free food (lamb and rice is generally a better choice for "oily" breeds because corn fed chicken can also agrivate the situation

2: dont bathe the dog anymore than once a month...if hes dirty between baths just hose him down, but no soap, the soap will agrivate odor...

3: have the vet do a skin check, it could be a yeast infection, it could be somehting else...

either wa id get him off the sci-die no matter what the cause *shudder* (its the equivalent of feeding the dog chicken flavored cardboard)
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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I think you may have hit on it. She is bathed frequently. She is a black Lab and she has bad breath too. I bet an antibiotic would make sense for her too.
Yeah, labs shouldn't be bathed too often--only once or twice a year and not on a schedule but when they get into something super stinky like manure.

I can't even tell you the last time my 16 year old lab has had bath, probably 3 to 4 years ago. When he was younger, once a year, once ever two years was the norm. And he has never had an order. .

Their skin needs to retain the natural oils. If they get just muddy or dirty, just rinse them with plain water and brush regularly. Don't use shampoo for these more regular plain water rinsings. Sometimes we just wipe spots with a damp cloth.

Definitely take him to the vet to identify the specific cause for the proper type of medication because it could be a bacteria or a yeast skin infection.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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wifes new choc lab smells deadly its not his ears or butt its the oil on his body.im gonna give this smell machine away when shes at work if i dont figure something out.
See my previous post.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Yeah, labs shouldn't be bathed too often--only once or twice a year and not on a schedule but when they get into something super stinky like manure.

I can't even tell you the last time my 16 year old lab has had bath, probably 3 to 4 years ago. When he was younger, once a year, once ever two years was the norm. And he has never had an order. .

Their skin needs to retain the natural oils. If they get just muddy or dirty, just rinse them with plain water and brush regularly. Don't use shampoo for these more regular plain water rinsings. Sometimes we just wipe spots with a damp cloth.

Definitely take him to the vet to identify the specific cause for the proper type of medication because it could be a bacteria or a yeast skin infection.
Phew! I thought I was the only one that went years without bathing their labs!!! If they get muddy/dirty, they get the hose, that's it!
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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honestly thats the best way to bathe MOST breeds of dogs (and even your own hair) if your on a healthy diet, it does MUCH better without the detergents stripping it completly on a regular basis.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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No, two yellows, haven't had a bath in at least 2 or 3 years, and they both have a nice clean smell.

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Old 11-26-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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Our labs do not stink however, they get a bath once a month.

Teeth bushed each night.
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