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We adopted a Basset Hound approximately 5 years ago from the Mid-Atlantic Basset Rescue located in the Tri-State area [NY, NJ and Connecticut]. In December of 2010 we left the East Coast by car to live on the West Coast of the United States. We drove across country with Lester [Basset] and Hazel [Chihuahua], in the back seat of our car. We put many miles on our car and totaled up many comments and stories about Basset Hounds from people we met along the way. Next to the Basset Hound’s limitless appetite, the second most heard comment and question had to be about the smell they can give off. “Yours smells so good, what do you do? Ours stinks and no bathing seems to have a lasting effect.”


When bathing your basset does not work, or only resolves the problem for a short period of time the problem is internal. The fact that we find this surprising is the most concerning for me. It is a superficial approach to resolving body odors in humans, not just in animals. If there is a leak in the ceiling, go upstairs and find out what is causing it. Putting down a bucket to catch the water or plastering the ceiling is not a long term solution.

PS Their ears need to be cleaned regularly, but that is not a solution. What is creating that smell is the real question.


What I am writing here applies to all dogs, not just the beloved Basset Hound.

Dogs need fresh food. Canned and dry food in a bag is high in ingredients that are often not available in nature. Grasses and greens that are fresh are not found in pre prepared foods. So upgrade the quality of food you feed your dog. Read the labels and buy the best with the least to zero listed chemicals. Add to their food vegetables, grasses and other ingredients that are less acid forming. Organic meat and vegetables are the primary ingredients to look for with a minimum of grains.

Raw meat patties are available in many pet food stores. Do some research and find out the benefits of feeding your dog and cat a raw meet diet. What animal eats cooked meat? Only those kept by humans. Sometimes this is not affordable, so do your best. Vet bills are exceedingly high and, in many situations, outweigh what it costs to feed your pet the best quality possible during their lifetime.

Probiotics can help to  greatly reduce the odor of your dog and cat. Why? Probiotics help create better intestinal flora that enables dogs and cats to digest their food more efficiently and eliminate waste. When the bowels do not move often what results has an effect that we all can smell.

More FILTERED WATER can make a huge difference. Many pet parents under serve their dogs water to reduce the amount of times they need to go outside. This especially true for larger breeds who live in apartment buildings. I am sure this is bad for the dogs kidneys and bladders.  Not enough water makes it impossible for your pet to eliminate toxins from diets high in meat / uric acid. This =’s kidney problems later in life.

Sea Minerals such as kelp are important for ridding environmental toxins from the bodies of  dogs and cats. Toxins that we are all confronted with on our planet.

Green Powders or Dog Super Foods can be added to your dog and cats food. Green Mush by Health Force / Jameth Sheridan Product.

Bones that are made from non synthetic materials need to be used instead of  the heavily treated junk that is abundantly available and not cheap in price. Often know as raw hide { highly treated with chemicals }.

Diatomaceous Earth is a substance to feed your pet to help rid it of parasites. Food grade is what I am  talking about here, not the stuff for swimming pools.

Brushing and washing are important, but need to be done in conjunction with the dietary suggestions above. Find natural shampoos and not the ones with a laundry list of hard to pronounce words that only a pharmacist might understand. Please remember that bathing a dog is not the ultimate solution to this problem!


As a Postscript 11/2013: Since writing this post I discovered the use of sodium bentonite clay taken internally. It really works for dogs. Since we have been giving it to Lester his odor has diminished to mostly disappeared. The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin has all the information on her website. All the other things I mentioned in this post are most definitely valid. Adding food grade sodium bentonite to their food is really a great way to absorb the environmental toxins we are  all exposed to.

Whiskers online store for many alternative books, products and other needs click here. If you do not live in the NYC area Whiskers does not make sense to buy many of their products from because of weight and perishability. What you can do is check what they carry, since their quality is really high. When you educate yourself you can educate the pet store in your area.

Diatomaceous Earth click here .

Probiotics for pets. See what Whiskers carries for a reputable brand.


Good Luck. The effort to create better health for your Basset hound or any dog breed / mix is well worth the effort. It is also highly cost effective. This is  a very important factor so that people feel they can afford to adopt in the future. Huge vet bills at the end, or during the life of a pet can put people off from adopting again. Forget about the pain of watching their pet suffer.



Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi

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