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Old 10-22-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Question Funny smell from Pup...



Ok....someone explain this for me...

We have had Ruby our second golden retriever now for a few months, she is now 6 Months. She has just recently started releasing this weird smell. We have a boy retriever who is 2 years old who has never smelled like this, which is why this smell leads me to believe it is a female type thing.

We smell it whenever she is licking or cleaning her back end and between her legs. Its not a vulgar smell or a dirty smell but it IS off-putting and has a very strong metallic smell.. is this the start of some kind of early coming-into-season thing or what? It perplexes Bear and he sniffs at her when she licks herself...we only smell it once every few weeks...what on earth could it be?

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Old 10-22-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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Hi Never heard of this. My NIpper is female also. Does it happen every few weeks but only once? When did this start happening? So in 4 weeks you will only smell it twice?

It could well be a female hormonal thing that Ruby is producing more
hormones than normal! And this creating this smell. Other than that I couldn't say. Hope you get it sorted though HTH
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She is coming into season first time and yes, they stink when inside. I keep mine in the kennel when they have this. It is a weird odor, if your not breeding her, I would get her spayed now. It is a true pain to watch her, this lasts 21 days and you have to know the days she will take and males can travel some 3 mile smelling this odor. Vets will spay when in heat, I have had it done and had absolutely NO problems.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:09 AM   #4
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Have you noticed any kind of a discharge? Considered the possibility of a yeast, or other infection causing an odor? Redness, swelling or irritation around the anal glands? If there is something truly noticeable, you may want to have her checked out, in case she needs medication. You don't want to let an infection become entrenched.
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It's unlikely that a Golden Retriever is coming into heat as early as 6 months, though of course it's always possible. I've never noticed an odor from my intact females when they were in heat, but they didn't have the excess hair to trap a scent if there was any.

I'd be more likely to suspect as Vagreys suggests that the odor is coming from her anal gland, a yeast infection or even a urinary tract infection.

You might want to check out her breath during these episodes too. Just a few weeks ago I solved the mystery of my own ocassionaly stinky dog. I discovered a hidden spot in the yard that was being used by feral cats as a litter box at night. She was eating the cat poop when I wasn't looking. Once I'd caught on and began keeping that area cleaned up; no more stinky dog!
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:11 AM   #6
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I was thinking of her breath too. Could it be her breath you smell because she is licking at the time? When Lucy was around that age her breath smelled horrible. I was told it was her age and it did go away I think by the time she was a year. Hope you figure it out. Keep us posted.
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