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    Hi everyone!
    I have a 5 year old pug named Julie that we rescued a year ago. Since we've had her, Julie always has this gross smell. So I have a few questions. First of all, she is constantly expressing her anal glands. So, does that mean I don't need to express them (because she has no problem doing so), or does that mean I should express them (because maybe she's not adequately expressing them, and that's why she does it frequently)? Also, her breath smells. Do you guys know of any healthy treats to help with that? I brush her teeth, but the toothpaste is beef flavored so it really doesn't help with the smell. Lastly, she just has a general bad smell about her. I'm not sure if that has to do with the fact that she "cheeses" in her bed and then lays in it, or if she's just a smelly dog. I know I can't bathe her more often than every 2 weeks, so is there anything I could use to spray her with? My yorkie doesn't smell the way Julie does, so I just can't figure out why. Thanks! I look forward to looking around this forum and getting to know people.

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    Not sure what you mean by she is expressing her anal glands. If all works right, when a Pug poops, the poop passing should press the glands and keep them empty or mostly empty....Pugs need to have these glands expressed by a person when all does not work right, and they fill up. The tell tale signs of needing to have the glands expressed is scooting (dragging their butts on the floor) and smell. If your Pug is scooting, then she should go to the vet to have them expressed...If there is a really bad, hideous undescribable smell coming from her rear area, she should go to the vet to see if they need to be expressed.

    Body odor can be a few things...If by "cheeses" in her bed you're talking about laying in poop then of course, that'd lead to a smelly dog. If you're talking farting in bed, it really shouldn't.

    Sometimes dogs will have foul body odors and if it's not connected to anal glands, it could be due to diet, body chemistry or even a sign of a potential health issue if the body odor is persistant and constant. Not knowing what kind of smell you're talking about, I can't say either way...you might however take her to the vet for a check up if the smell is foul and constant despite being clean just to make sure she's in good health....And while there, perhaps discuss a change in diet with your vet.

    Spray? I wouldn't. I'd certainly never use anything intended for people, but I don't know if there are products like this available for dogs or not. I'd tend not to use anything of the sort even if there were products for dogs.

    Bad breath...Dental check up, perhaps a change in diet again depending on what you're feeing her and if neither solves the issue, just live with it.:cheshire:
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    Ben does not smell. I clean his face daily esp around his mouth and his folds. I also clean his ears once a week. And when he does his business we always use wipes to clean his behind. I brush his fur every night and when needed I put dog cologne which I bought for $6.99 at Petco (it is a stud smell). I will try to give him a bath every 6 weeks. I clean his teeth wil guaze daily. I am still figuring out what cookie with breath saver I can use. I give him a sponge bath once I week and that is the time when I put cologne. Hope this helps.
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    First off, WELCOME Julie's mom!

    I can't add lots to this, but our PeeWee had kidney problems, and his breath smelled kind of peepee-ish. Also, if their noses or ears are yeasty, they could smell a little funky. A lot of folks here have mentioned that their Pugs' feet smell like Cheetos! There are lots of smells you could be smelling! Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to take your baby to the dogtor to figure it out.
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    Pugs don't have a "doggie" smell to them. If there is a smell, then there is usually a problem. I would have your pug checked out. It sounds like a dental cleaning may be in order (some need to have this done more than others; sometimes every 6 months). I would have them check her ears and nasal folds especially. Those can be pretty smelly if there is an infection starting. I don't use any sprays and wouldn't recommend them because they are only covering up the odor and not doing thing to help correct the problem.
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    When I say she is expressing her anal glands, I mean that she is having anal leakage. Not poop. In my house, we call that "cheesing." She often does this when she's relaxing, usually on us.
    We actually recently had a vet visit, and she said Julie looks good, and her teeth look good too. I clean her ears and folds regularly. I suspect her smell is from her cheesing. I'll just have to try to wash her bedding more often I guess.
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    She shouldn't be leaking in bed, at least not constantly...it should be coming out when she poops. I'd ask the vet to check the glands to see if they need to be expressed.
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    My black pug Badger get a really funky odor to him whenever he is developing a skin bacterial infection. I almost smells like sulpher (sp). No matter how much bathing or cologne it won't get rid of the smell. A trip to the vet for antibiotics is the only cure. This smell does not come from his breath, rear, ears or face, it is smelled the most in his neck and back area and he will also develop flaky bumps almost like dandruff.
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    My pug leaks just the same as yours does-on me! I take him to the vet to get the glands expressed to find out that they really aren't full at all.
    I have been told by many that increasing the fiber intake in their diets can help with the anal leakage problem. So I have started feeding Pickles pure pumpkin with his dinner. It has only been a week or so since we started that and we haven't had any more leakage since...we'll see what happens.

    Of course, if Julie is leaking in her bed and then sleeping on those dirty spots she is gonna stink to high heaven! You can bathe her and hope that helps, but if she leaks in her bed again the clean smell won't last too long!
    Try adding some fiber and getting a vet to express her glands to see if they are overly full or just leaky. Either way adding fiber should help.

    As far as the breath goes, I get a product from the vet called Oxyfresh that is added to their water. Usually it's a capful or so everyday depending on how much your dog drinks. It works very well for all 3 of my dogs.

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    I got a spray made for dogs at the pet store (well, the pet "shoppe" like store).. it has a lavender and eucalytus smell, and I was handed it as a "between bathing" shampoo/cleanser (which is really is not)... but since my guy had some pine sap on him, I sprayed this on and massaged, and the sap didn't smell or stay sticky and maybe it wore off sooner because of the treatment???

    Of course, we don't want to cover up any medical prob with this stuff, but it does exist... It is called "cain able" collection.. "every dog has is day spa, All natural between bath spritz" (Gawd! who writes this stuff?!!)

    4 ounces was probably $15...

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