I've heard all the comments on here about labs and their stinky tendencies, but I guess I thought Punk's smell must come from the non-lab part of her mix. Until today. She is so stinky I don't even want her in the house. I am too soft hearted to kick her out completely, but she does have to chill away from my bedroom. I remember too much bathing could make it worse, but can't remember what is good to try. Any help out there?

Paula
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I've heard all the comments on here about labs and their stinky tendencies, but I guess I thought Punk's smell ... much bathing could make it worse, but can't remember what is good to try. Any help out there? Paula

Bathing has always helped my stinky dogs.
Unless your dog has some underlying problem, bi weekly (or even weekly) baths shouldn't damage their skin or coat if they are of a "doggy" breed.

That said, if the dog smells that bad, and never has before, then it's likely there is a reason for it. Skin issues, yeast infection, abcessed tooth, etc and so on... so if a bath doesn't fix it, be sure to get into your vet's office.
Robin
I remember too much bathing could make it worse, but can't remember what is good to try. Any help out there?

If your dog smells bad, a bath will not hurt her. Unless she's got some medical condition for which you've been told to give her fewer baths.

I prefer this castile soap for bathing my lab:
http://www.drbronner.com/getsoap.html
You can get it at health food/whole food stores or online from the stores listed at that url. It's not cheap, but it's concentrated so it lasts a long time. I find it offers a good balance of stripping out dirt and that greasy feel without stripping the hair of its oils. And the bonus is that my dog smells like peppermint for a couple of days afterward. Other fragrances are available.
Good luck.
Cate
I've heard all the comments on here about labs and their stinky tendencies,

Labs do NOT have "stinky tendencies"!
They even smell good when they're wet!
There may be something else going on here, and if a nice bath with, say, Murphy's Oil Soap (Cate's suggestion of Castile Soap is a good one, too) doesn't help immediately (okay, she may smell like a freshly waxed floor, but so what?), I'd have your vet take a look. There might be an infection, rash, etc.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Kyoto schmoto:
http://www.envirotruth.org/news/20041115.cfm
I've heard all the comments on here about labs and their stinky tendencies,

Labs do NOT have "stinky tendencies"!

You lost your sense of smell long ago didn't you?
They even smell good when they're wet!

Ack! You're nuts!

Tara
I've heard all the comments on here about labs and their stinky tendencies, but I guess I thought Punk's smell ... remember too much bathing could make it worse, but can't remember what is good to try. Any help out there?

Labs are naturally smelly but when they start reaking(sp) then its usually the anal glands, ears or a skin problem. You can bathe her but definitely check the ears with a few cottonballs and see how they come out. If you don't mind sticking your nose in the general vicinity of the rear-end then you should be able to tell if its an anal gland issue.

Tara
Labs do NOT have "stinky tendencies"!

You lost your sense of smell long ago didn't you?

I have a very sensitive sense of smell, thank you very much, and absent a Lab rolling around in a cow-pattie somewhere, or encountering a skunk on the trail, etc., I've never come across a Lab with "stinky tendencies."
NEVER.
And I've come across a gazillion Labs.
Perhaps you've been hanging around with a lower class of Lab?

E.g., a Lab mix? Emotion: smile
They even smell good when they're wet!

Ack! You're nuts!

Well, that's probably true (the being nuts part), but anyone who doesn't appreciate, even ENJOY, the smell of wet dogs probably shouldn't have a Lab in the first place.
Perhaps some frou-frou lapdog would be more to your liking?

I knew a long-haired Chihuahua (whose feet had never touched the ground) once who smelled like she'd just fallen into a testing tank at Chanel Nº5's manufacturing plant outside Marseilles, France.

In fact, I think I can still smell her...

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Even the Brits are turning into "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" (aka Frenchmen) these days: http://belmontclub.blogspot.com/2004/12/defense-of-realm-dr.html
Perhaps you've been hanging around with a lower class of Lab? E.g., a Lab mix? Emotion: smile

I'm going to protect my 4-legged friends' feelings, and your calves from their teeth, by not relaying your class remark.
Well, that's probably true (the being nuts part), but anyone who doesn't appreciate, even ENJOY, the smell of wet dogs probably shouldn't have a Lab in the first place.

I certainly agree with that.
Perhaps some frou-frou lapdog would be more to your liking?

Oh no, frou-frou dogs give me the willies.
I knew a long-haired Chihuahua (whose feet had never* touched the ground) once who smelled like she'd just fallen into a testing tank at Chanel Nº5's manufacturing plant outside Marseilles, France. In fact, I think I can *still smell her...

I'd classify that as owner abuse.

Tara
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