Our basset hound, Lester J. Smith, is ten years old and thriving. Once in awhile he develops a strong, pungent odor that seemed to be coming from the inside of his ears. Perplexing was that his ears appear very clean on the inside. We wash the outside of them when he comes in from his walks. His diet is comprised of raw meat, raw and cooked vegetables, sea vegetables and green superfood powder supplements. He gets brushed very regularly, is very active and in good shape. With all this we could not figure out why he would be emitting such a strong stench that seemed to appear and disappear. No obvious cause or pattern.
MY OWN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION
I finally broke down and did some research on the web and some personal soul searching. What was really going on with Lester? I realized that there was a pattern, despite his quality diet, etcetera. The pattern was with his ear odor and his bowels. There was issue with irregularity at times and his feces were inconsistent in form. I then remembered two things that we had stopped giving him was Diatomaceous Earth and a regular dose of probiotic. When I resumed the DE he had a day of one or two very loose and mucus filled poops. It took a few days for things to regulate themselves, but they finally did. Before that happened there were three to four days of softer more frequent stools. As the DE did its job his bowels balanced out to at least two, sometimes three movements a day, and firm.
When giving Lester DE, we make sure there is enough water along with it. Adding filtered, distilled or spring water to the food is helpful. We also have a chihuahua that does not like to drink water. A dog not wanting water means you got to be deviously creative. We add a bit of food to her water along with the water in her food. It works. I give her the DE, but in much smaller doses [she is 10 pounds] about 3-4 times a week.
We are still figuring this one out. I have done some research on the internet and it looks like a dog of 50 lbs and more can use up to 40 billion dose per day. There are probiotics for animals, but I have read that strains for humans can be given to dogs. We also give Lester small amounts of home made fermented vegetables that we make for ourselves. Just started this. I have been giving him the Probiotic most days at about 20 billion per serving.
EAR ODOR RESOLVED
One day after Lester had the big evacuation of mucus like waste we noticed that the ear smell was gone. At that point the only thing we had added was the DE. The smell has stayed away. It was strong and bathing did not really help. Cleaning his ears on the inside did not help. Ear drops with herbs and essential oils did not do the trick, but the DE did! It has been about two weeks and the odor is consistently gone.
Donna Pessin Unique Healing Program has been the best solution for our basset hound and his general health, ears and overall odor. Please check her website out. This is a postscript since I originally wrote this post.
His coat always looks good, but since the DE it looks even better!
For more information on Diatomaceous Earth and what it exactly does click here. At this website you can read about all the uses of DE, which includes human consumption.
The use and dosage of human probiotics for dogs click here. This is one website on pet health that I came across with advice on the subject.