Does your dog have River Stink?
26 Jul 2017
If your dog goes in the waters around Calgary, you may have noticed that he or she is a tad bit malodorous at times! There is a distinctive stink to some dogs who play in our waters (and it seems to be specific to waters or ponds that come from Rocky Mountain streams or rivers... because water-loving dogs in Colorado have the same stink, but water-dogs on the east coast don’t have the same smell at all.)
Anyhoo... looking for a solution to the issue? Here are some tips I found online and some from clients:
- Create a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water. combine it into a big spray bottle. Then the next time your dog goes for a swim, spray it on and rub it in before your dog dries... be sure to hit the underbelly, ’armpits’ and ’groin’. It helps to reduce the skin’s pH.
- A dog groomer recommended, ‘try rubbing baking soda or cornstarch into his coat when it’s still slightly damp, and then brushing it out’.
- One vet suggested a lanolin-based deodorant spray or an oatmeal-based non-soap cleanser (you can find them both at pet stores)... but they’ll just mask the smell.
- For yeasty smells (quite common with Labradors and Golden Retrievers who spend time in the water) you can also give your dog digestive enzymes and probiotics for a yeast infection which helps balance the pH in the gut. You can offer plain yogurt with live cultures; just make sure there is no sugar or sweetener in it.
- Another suggestion was to bathe your dog using a good degreasing shampoo (MalAcetic Shampoo) and/or an enzymatic shampoo.
- And if you look through the skin and find open sores, a rash, or pimples, it might be an infection requiring veterinary attention and medication.
Hopefully that will reduce the stinky-ness of your summer, and allows you and your dog to enjoy a little more water time together!