My wife and I recently took in an 11 year old female basset hound.
She was left at a basset rescue group's kennel because a child at her
old home was being cruel to her. They said she had nipped at him and
I guess I can believe it because she's a pretty tough old girl. But
I haven't had a problem with her yet and she's been here a month.
I've played rough with her and done a couple of Monks of NS shake-down
discipline things without her showing any aggression. The kid must
have been really hurting her.
Anyway, my problem is that she has very oily skin. After petting or
playing with her my hands feel dirty. She's not dirty though. I've
given her a bath once a week for the past 3 weeks and yesterday the bath
water was pretty clean even after I'd finished. I don't mind the dirty
feeling but she also stinks pretty bad. I mean she stinks so much that
you can smell her when you come in the house. I can locate her
within the house and even within a room by the smell.
I know she stinks more than is normal because my other dog (a 3 year
old male basset/lab) doesn't smell a tenth as much.
Could this be related to her age? I checked the FAQ for clues about
oily skin but didn't find anything specific enough. Can anyone
recommend a particular shampoo to use?
She seems pretty happy. Not nearly as loony as the male (who we also
took in as an ***) but then she had a more normal life before she
came here than the male did. We just want her to be able to live out
her remaining years happily instead of in a kennel somewhere. Oh, one
more question: How much longer can we expect her to be with us given
that she's already 11.