Why doesn’t my dog shampoo stop the smell?

I have a year old Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese, and I would like to find a good shampoo to remove his doggie smell. The shampoo I use...


I have a year old Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese, and I would like to find a
good shampoo to remove his doggie smell. The shampoo I use now only
lasts for one day, and he starts smelling stinky again. Help!!!

Rae Ann
Giddings, TX

Your dog’s shampoo may not be the problem.

Many high quality pet shampoos are available for dogs and cats. If you are using a shampoo that is specifically designed for pets, and if you are thoroughly working it into his hair before rinsing it off, and if he is not swimming in dirty ponds or rolling in mud puddles, he should smell good for several days.

However, there are several medical conditions that can cause a pet to develop a bad odor despite frequent baths. Skin infections are most common. In addition to having an offensive odor, pets with skin infections may have hair loss, itching, scabs, or red skin.

As well, glandular conditions, digestive problems, ear infections, and dental disease can cause pets to smell bad.

I recommend that your pet have a checkup to ensure none of these problems is present. If he gets a clean bill of health, your vet can offer bathing tips that will help him smell better longer.

There also is a chance that something else is going on here. In my practice, I frequently see perfectly healthy and clean pets whose owners object to their smell. In these cases, there is not much that can be done. The people involved have very sensitive noses, and they are reacting to the natural and unavoidable scent of their pet. Over time, most people get used to the way their pet smells.

1 thought on “Why doesn’t my dog shampoo stop the smell?”

  1. When I got my dog Charley, I sort of inherited from a friend that could not afford to keep him. A big bag of dog food came with him. He also had a bad odor, I’m not talking about a regular Doggy odor, it was bad. When he used up the dog food, I started feeding him the food my other dogs were eating. The bad odor went away. The dog food was Pedigree, I remember looking into the dog food online, they had some real problems at one time, so I think that the food was the problem. That was what caused my dogs problem, I and Charley were lucky that it was not more complicated.

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