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I Need Your Help . . . How to Refresh a Pooch Without a Bath?

You're a good dog, Charlie Brown . . . but, unfortunately, you're also a stinky one! TeamSugar user Megbucks3 needs some help with this pooch. She writes:

This weekend we are driving from Atlanta to Columbus with our 10-month-old Cocker Spaniel. It's about a 10-hour drive – we're not leaving until after work, so during the day I am taking Charlie to Doggie Day Camp to hopefully exhaust him. The Doggie Day Camp offers grooming and I really wanted to have him get a bath so he smells good in the car, but then he would lose three hours of playtime.

I am picking up Charlie on my way out of town and won't have time to take him home to bathe him and I'm worried he'll be stinky after camp even if I bathe him the night before. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions of products that give instant baths, or if any instant-spray cologne works? I think on this trip an exhausted dog is better than a fruity smelling dog!

Now North has these cleansing cloths for his muddy paws but he doesn't tend to get that stinky – can any of you recommend products or tips for this situation?

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0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Aphrosette, my boyfriend and I own a pet feed and supply store that has been in his family for over 30 years, so I can speak with experience and certainty that dogs should be bathed at least once a month. Most skin issues stem from low-quality food (high in fillers like corn) and harsh soaps. As long as owners take the time and spend the money to provide their animals with quality food (not grocery store stuff, but good brands like Innova, Merrick, etc.) and the right shampoos, their pets won't experience the adverse reactions you've described. Frequency really depends on the size and tolerance of each individual animal. Little dogs typically require less frequent (once a month) bathing than larger breeds. We bathe our rottweiler around once a week, and she has one of the healthiest coats you've ever seen. :)
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 9 years
I have a German Shepherd and he tends to get smelly right after being out in the hot sun. I bought the wipes made for dogs and the smell is kind of strong. So I use baby wipes (approved by the vet). But the wipey smell does wear off quick and after a while he's back to smelling like a normal clean dog. Small sidenote: dogs ears are very sensitive to things like Q-tips because most dogs won't stay still long enough to clean could wind up accidentally sticking the Q-tip in to far and too hard if they were to jerk their head be careful when cleaning ears. The ears are definitely the stinkiest part of my I try to keep them cleaned out well. I just use the baby wipes for the all over clean and it seems to work well.
danes danes 9 years
Furminator makes a spray on shampoo/conditioner that smells great. You spray it on and then rub your dog with a towel or brush them. It is good in between grooming or just when they are a little stinky.
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
I give Zena a bath every month 24-48 hours after she gets her monthly dose of doggy medicine (aka Frontline and Heartline) so I can work the gack out of her coat. @Aphrosette--take a walk and chill out. Don't get all worked up over something that isn't worth getting worked up over in the first place. I created my own profile so I could comment. Quit picking a fight that'll ruin your reputation online and one that might end in a moderator intervening. In between Zena's baths, I give her a good brushing to get some of the grass smell out. A lot of smell is harbored in the undercoat, so brushing gets some of the stink out. Try giving your pooch a brushing concentrating on the undercoat to get some of the stink out.
SweetKatie SweetKatie 9 years
I heard but have not used a dog spray by keihl's that is supposed to be ok for a dogs coat and help with smell. I haven't heard the ear thing but I will try it. thanks!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
It is also nice to see that you felt the need to create and ENTIRE NEW NAME just to post a comment!?!? (Time stamps don't lie...) That is a little immature, if you are going to be rude at the very least own up to your comments
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
Its nice to know that some people on here make rude comments without reading an entire post. Cleandogs if you had read my ENTIRE post you would realize that I said that it is IDEAL for dogs to only get a bath 1-2x a year, BUT MY dogs do go to a groomer and GET A BATH EVERY 6-8 WEEKS!!! There is a different between what is IDEAL and what is ACCEPTABLE. There is also a difference between RUDE comments such as yours and APPROPRIATE comments meant to help. I do hope that you think before you type in the future.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
sometimes the food you are feeding causes stinky odors
cleandogsrgood cleandogsrgood 9 years
Hi Aphrosette: How can you expect people to only bathe their dog once or twice a year...are you nuts? Dogs would stink! You wouldn't bathe once or twice a probably bathe like once a day (hopefully)...otherwise you would stink! That is crazy talk...
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
I have a Dane. (Read: hard to bathe.) My vet says baby wipes are perfectly acceptable- aim for the newborn variety (less chemicals.) If they are still too irritating, fill the wipe tub up with water to help dilute the wipeys.
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
When my dogs come inside from playing in the heat and they have that "hot stinky dog" smell, I give them a wipe-down with baby wipes. I use the sensitive skin, alcohol-free, fragrance-free formula. If I've bathed them within the last few days, the baby wipes tend to bring back that clean "fresh from the bath" smell. My dogs have short hair though, so I don't know if it would work as well on a longer-hair dog like a cocker spaniel.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I agree about the doggie colognes, as well as some of the wipes that are available at pet stores. If it is not the ears, is there any chance that your dog would accept being bathed by you once you reach your destination, or maybe before you begin traveling home?
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
First of all, you shouldn't be bathing your dog frequently to begin with. Ideally they should only get a bath 1-2x a year, but my dogs do go to a groomer and get a bath every 6-8 weeks. Any more frequently then that and you will be drying out their skin TOO MUCH!!! You could actually be the cause of their scratching if you over bath!! That being said, dogs should smell like dogs!! They can be kept clean especially cockers by daily brushing and spot cleaning them when needed. (of course with trips to the groomer as well) If you dog smells its probably not the dog's body but his ears. Get a good ear cleanser/dryer (ex: Epi Otic available at your vet) and clean out his/her ears. Those ears, especially the floppy ones can get very very smelly and you wouldn't know they are dirty until you stick a q-tip in them!!! But please DO NOT use all those doggie colognes, they are not healthy for the dog!
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