Why Does My Westie Smell So Quickly After Bath?

My Westie has started smelling very badly, even a week after bath. He has nothing outside to roll in. He has been licking his legs alot. Vet put him on prednizone.

Check that the type of food you are giving him is good for dogs. Many cheap brands (the ones you can buy in any grocery store or in places like petsmart and petco) contain a lot of corn (now they are listing it as "maize" to try to cover this in a lot of foods). Corn (and wheat, too) in dog foods can cause skin itching, hot spots, paw-licking, ear yeast, allergies, and really bad odor.

See if switching to a higher end, grain-free dog food (Merrick, Eagle Pack, Evo, Orijen, etc) helps your dog. You can also go to making his own food. As long as they have a good source of calcium (Solid Gold Bone Meal is good…follow directions on the package) and protein (meat), the dog should be good to go. Make sure to search for what foods are toxic to dogs, just to be on the safe side.

Good luck!

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  • AlwaysWondering

    could his fur be picking up odors from your carpet? do his anal glands need to be expressed? g/l
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  • Andrew Blackhorse

    he probobly runs around or u mist spots
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  • Chong

    well, mostly perspiration,and the drying of the inner coat.. bathe him in cold water, and let him dry by himself hair dryer drying is inappropriate,and dries up the inner coat so fast it makes him smell bad..use a leave on conditioner after bathing, as it moisturises his skin and inner coat, leaving him smelling better and better. always have a fan on for your westie, so that he won’t perspire through his paws and tongue. trust me he will smell better for a longer time..
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    i do this way of taking care of my poodles fur too.

  • Alex

    I have had a Westie for ten years. We struggled with the same problem. She is now on Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive Skin. This has helped her tremendously, along with buying a conditioner for her coat. I would definitely try different food before putting the dog on medication.
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  • sisu

    Where is the odor coming from? Describe the smell.
    Mouth – dirty teeth or dental disease
    Ears – bacterial or yeast infection
    Back end:
    Anal Glands – 1/2 tablespoon of pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, per 20 lbs. in each meal for 3-5 days.
    Vulva – Needs immediate vet treatment
    Skin – redish tint, smells all over – yeast or bacteria
    Legs – dried saliva from the licking – licking could be caused by food allergies
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  • Mo

    Check that the type of food you are giving him is good for dogs. Many cheap brands (the ones you can buy in any grocery store or in places like petsmart and petco) contain a lot of corn (now they are listing it as "maize" to try to cover this in a lot of foods). Corn (and wheat, too) in dog foods can cause skin itching, hot spots, paw-licking, ear yeast, allergies, and really bad odor.

    See if switching to a higher end, grain-free dog food (Merrick, Eagle Pack, Evo, Orijen, etc) helps your dog. You can also go to making his own food. As long as they have a good source of calcium (Solid Gold Bone Meal is good…follow directions on the package) and protein (meat), the dog should be good to go. Make sure to search for what foods are toxic to dogs, just to be on the safe side.

    Good luck!
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  • sierra and comanche

    allergies could be the problem my sisters mini schanuzer has allergies & she stinks like a day after a bath take him to the vet to get checked for allergies.
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  • wakefield. Ron

    Im sure or you should have been AKA Westies are prown to certain allergis, DONT let your pill pushing vet tell you anything of the sort. Most off them are like people doctors, take this OH that didn’t work, try this. That is the last resort, prednezone isn’t right. shortens life exspectencie. and a few other things, Im looking for another westie was great. about 4 yrs. after we had her the licking started. WEIN our dog off that shi..hopefullyhasnt been on it for a long time