Help, dog has foul body odor, scratching excessively, chewing, what to do?!?
So recently my dog has gotten fleas from an outdoor cat that comes by my house and eats cat food. I've washed him with flea shampoo, did flea dip, used advantix on him, shampooed him with regular dog shampoo, and he still smells very terrible! The odor seems to be coming from his body and is so strong I can smell it from the other room, even after he has left the room it still smells where he sat. Smell lingers when he walks by. He usually sleeps under my bed and even though I have sprayed the area with febreeze and other things over and over, the stench is still there. The fleas seem to still be there because he is constantly scratching and chewing at his legs and back and such. I have also noticed that some small pieces of his hair have fallen out and are all over in different areas on my floor. I dont see any missing patches of hair on his body though. He started to smell badly when I noticed that my other cat(one that is indoor) was scratching and when he began scratching. I also bombed the house to get rid of fleas and washed the two cats, they seem to be fine. The dog is the only one still scratching. Does anyone know what to do? The smell is so bad i have to get him in the other room and close my bedroom door so he cant get in, just so i can sleep. The smell is so horrible! Please help! All other members in family smell the odor as well. Had dog for years first time this has ever happened. Its not me that stinks! Haha. Dont answer unless you seriously know what to say please. This is a serious thing and I really need to know what to do. Has anyone had this happen to a pet before? The dog is male. And a little older. Dont know how old exactly he was a stray before and was not a puppy when i first got him.had him for atleast 7 years or so Before I started washing him and etc he started to smell very bad. Thankyou for the answers so far! =) thankyou thankyou. only one flea dip, advantix 3 days after
Asked By: Lola D - 3/28/2010
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what a stupid answer that person (idiot) gave!!! "bathe him in amonia" omg...just shower him with mild body wash , like the kind used for babies because if you shower him with regular dog soap with medication it will really irritate his skin since hes been scratching so much. after the bath put some FRONTLINE in tube... More
Answered By: cyrox - 3/28/2010
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Bathe him in tomato juice, and if you don't think this is a serious answer, then google it.
Answered By: Spyro - 3/28/2010
take him to the vet!
Answered By: Skater dudette - 3/28/2010
Bring to the vet, they will give you some strong medicine or spray that would keep all the fleas away
Answered By: Adrian - 3/28/2010
OH MY GOSH IT'S PREGNANT! Have fun picking out puppy names!
Answered By: Lil M - 3/28/2010
Sounds like he is allergic to fleas. This is very common but causes excessive itching, hair loss, dryness, and smell. Consider getting him checked out by a vet. They can prescribe some meds to calm it down.
Answered By: Rebekah - 3/28/2010
give him a bath in ammonia
Answered By: Nubia Blaque loves babies - 3/28/2010
Using all those flea bath things, which all contain chemicals, on him probably gave him a bad skin rash/infection. Take him to the vet and see what they tell you. You may have to bath him in a special shampoo that's good for his skin.
Answered By: jake69715 - 3/28/2010
Sounds like the dog has a secondary infection from the fleas. He may need antibiotics. He really needs to go to the vet.
Answered By: damaquilts2 - 3/28/2010
If you pet has fleas you need to bath all the animals in Dawn dish washing liquid blue original kind. Next bomb your house with a flea bomb. you need to get the fleas out of the house as well off the animals. Wash everything you can in Dawn. The smell is probably coming from the dead skin that he is scratching. After... More
Answered By: Robin - 3/28/2010
There is a very good chance that this is not just a flea problem- from the issues you have described I am guessing that your dog has an infection (it causes a strange, sweet, sickly smell that lingers), mange, a flea allergy, or something similar... More
Answered By: B!nd! - 3/28/2010
the fleas may of irritated his sweat glands or something, you should bring him to get his fur cut really close to the body (if he's a long haired dog) and then try doing the flea shampoo again, make sure its not the "Hartz" brand for they have a very bad reputation. You can make your own because it may be the Shampoo... More
Answered By: Brittany B - 3/28/2010
okay first of all i think you REALLY need to take your dog to the vet... More
Answered By: Sk - 3/28/2010
Why is everyone's first reaction is to "See a Vet"!!! My gosh! You do realize that vets are a business, right? Yeah, they've been trained on the anatomy of pets, but they don't do what they do for FREE! Okay? Not every single problem requires expensive vet care. (BTW, I have 2 dogs, 1 cat - I am at the vet... More
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