My basset stays outside mostly, however I bathe her often. Is there a good shampoo that someone could reccomend to help control that odor. I am looking for something good for her coat and has a longlasting scent. Please help!
There is no reason your basset should smell more than other dogs, even though they are a bit like us, some have a stronger BO than other
I normally don't bath my dogs, and they don't smell. (Or I'm used to it...)
The reasons for smell could be:
fongus - especially in the wrinkles,
(Some kibble are sprayed with used frying oil to gain 20% weight, no wonder the dog will smell like McDonalds...)
Often time the treatment for these conditions requires "shampoo therapy" not just any shampoo but one for the specific condition. Without a correct diagnoses then it is unlikily frequent shampooing will help. Often these condition are secondary in nature, they occur as a result of an underly condition like an allergy. Unless the underlying condition is treated the secondary condition will keep reappearing. If your regular vet is unable to find a solution to the problem I strongly recommend cunsulting with a vet that specializes in dermatology
This may sound a bit strange, or a bit obvious, but You probably need to look into the matter a bit more closely, so to speak.
Smell your hound, they may be confused at the reversal of roles, but it will be worth it. Smell your hound all over until you find if where the smell is coming from. If it is in one of the folds, mentioned by Mikey, then yes find a dermatologist, however if it seems to be coming from their ears, which is what happens with Buckley, then you may be able to bathe her a bit less often, and just clean the ears.
If it is the ears, cotton balls are the best way to get at the inside of the ears, using either a commercial product, I don't know of any because we've always used the homemade vinegar/water mixture.
Be careful of the cotton balls as the fuzz can get caught in the ears. But the cotton pads (they're flat) work real well. Ruby and I share them...for her ears and for me to take off my makeup. Not at the same time tho.
As others said, do check to see if the odor has a specfic source. When Sebi arrived, he had a yeast infection in his ears which had quite a pong on it. We took care of that with the vet, and now he does fine with a monthly bath using the niece & nephew's baby shampoo (also okayed by the vet). And if you come in from a particularly long hike and your hound is a bit mucky, there are doggie baby-wipes that are great for a between bath cleanup.