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Smell after neutering

Just out of curiosity, did anyone notice a stronger ďdoggyĒ smell immediately after neutering? I noticed it as soon as I picked him up from the vet and I canít figure it out. He was groomed the day before because I knew he wouldnít be able to have a bath for a while. Our vetís office is clean and never has any kind of animal smells at all, although Iíve never been in the back. Itís not like infection or poop, itís like a strong DOG smell.
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Nope. No doggy smell with mine after neutering or any other time.


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Havanese do not have an odor like most dogs. Maybe they wrapped him in a previously used towel. I hope not.

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Havanese do not have an odor like most dogs. Maybe they wrapped him in a previously used towel. I hope not.
Iím a little afraid of something like this because the only time he ever smells is when my daughter takes him to the dog park and lets him roll around in whatever he wants. I also wondered if maybe they fed him smelly food. Whenever my son is under anesthesia he always has to eat something before they release him from post-op. I didnít ask about anything like that.

I was curious, but maybe I just shouldnít think about it at this point - Iím not sure I really want to know!

I donít want to poke and prod him with grooming yet, but Iíll get him cleaned up with dry shampoo and everything once heís feeling a little better.
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Iím a little afraid of something like this because the only time he ever smells is when my daughter takes him to the dog park and lets him roll around in whatever he wants. I also wondered if maybe they fed him smelly food. Whenever my son is under anesthesia he always has to eat something before they release him from post-op. I didnít ask about anything like that.

I was curious, but maybe I just shouldnít think about it at this point - Iím not sure I really want to know!

I donít want to poke and prod him with grooming yet, but Iíll get him cleaned up with dry shampoo and everything once heís feeling a little better.

It could have been the stress hormones from the whole procedure. Apollo never smelled like a dog except in really high stress situations, like when he was sick and I had to drive him an hour to see a specialist. By the time his appointment was over, they had shaved a huge swath of hair off his side for his ultrasound and he stunk like a dog. I used Natureís Miracle bath wipes on him and they did a decent job of killing the smell.
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It could have been the stress hormones from the whole procedure.
I was wondering if something like this was possible!
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I was wondering if something like this was possible!
My golden retriever did not have a strong doggy smell. But if I left her home alone for several hours, there would be a distinct doggy smell in the mud room when I got home. I never smelled it at any other time. And I've always thought it was her anxiety about being home alone, the stress hormones. She didn't have "separation anxiety" per se but did have a level of anxiety when left alone.

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My golden retriever did not have a strong doggy smell. But if I left her home alone for several hours, there would be a distinct doggy smell in the mud room when I got home. I never smelled it at any other time. And I've always thought it was her anxiety about being home alone, the stress hormones. She didn't have "separation anxiety" per se but did have a level of anxiety when left alone.
Different than SA, but my best friendís Cavalier had epilepsy and he would get a strong doggy smell after a seizure.
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Our puppy definitely has anxiety, and heís doing much better with separation at home, but we still have a long way to go. Itís been a tough read because heís sick, but as Iím putting the pieces together, I suspect he did not do well at the vet. I havenít left him other than the groomer because Iím being very careful to increase the time heís alone gradually. Iíve accidently sabotaged our progress a couple of times by going too fast. But, I assumed the vetís office would know how to manage any problems. I should have asked more questions.

Both times I dropped him off for grooming he didnít freak out, but they also called me hours early both times and he was super clingy for a while afterwards. He warms up to strangers, but hates being alone/crated, so I think they were trying to avoid keeping him in there too long. Interestingly, they also called me hours earlier than I expected from the vetís office. I actually think the groomer is more conscientious of not damaging all the work weíve already done, and the vet is a little more like, ďlet him cry it out.Ē Although, I do understand dropping him off for neutering is very different and of course heís going to be upset! Now I just wish I had said something beforehand.
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That picture of him in your avatar is so adorable.

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