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We have 2 beagles and they are both crated. Molly is a female and about 15 months old and Baxter. He is about 5 months old and will be neutered soon. We are crate training them both now and while they are in their crates they start to smell awful. We have a blanket over the door because they are in a high travel are so its just to keep the light out and the outside noise down so they can relax. But they may only be in there a few hours and they stink to high heaven. I think it is more Baxter than Molly but not positive. But if you take them out and smell them directly they dont hardly smell at all. Any idea what makes this happen and can it be fixed. We have to wash their bedding and them as well almost daily. But it only helps temporarily.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I wash Abby's crate stuff about once a week. Have you checked the stuff to make sure they have peed or thrown up in their crates?

You could try something like Febreeze that is made for pet odors.

Have you smelled their ears to make sure they don't have yeast infections? How often do they get bathed?
 

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I think throw up smells the WORST. And the smell clings and lingers, esp when its just liquid throw up (like yellow bile type stuff). I got some on my backpack once without knowing it and for days I was freaking out trying to find the smell..

Also, if it IS throw up, does anyone have any advice on cleaning it? I usually have to throw stuff in the wash and run it at least three cycles with LOTS of extra soap to get rid of the smell.
 

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Yep - throw up is BAD. When washing any of the dogs' bedding, I usually SOAK it in hot water, detergent, and oxyclean. My machine has a soak cycle, which pretty much gets the "nasties" out before the wash cycle starts. Then I run it through on a heavy cycle, more hot water, detergent and oxyclean. It gets rid of all kinds of pet stains (my client's cat threw up on her carpet Thursday - I cleaned it with "rug cleaner", but Friday morning the stain was still there - I used Oxyclean on it Friday and it is completely gone). My granddaughter locked one of her cats (accidently) in the downstairs bedroom when she lived with me. I didn't know it was in there until the next day - the cat peed and pooped all over. I used a combination of an enzyme steam cleaner, OUT, and oxyclean - and it got rid of all the cat odor - and you KNOW how difficult that is to remove. Nature's Miracle is a good pet stain/odor remover - but OUT is almost as good, and is about 1/2 the price - and you can get it at Walmart.
 

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Baxter did have a yeast infection on her ears but we got that cleared up and he is the one who smells the worst. Molly hasnt been to the vet lately due to lack of extra money. We wash their stuff frequently with just normal laundry detergent and it seems to come out OK. They do throw up on occasion but I dont ever smell it when they do and I usually clean it up.

Molly and Baxter will both be back to the vet here shortly, I will check with her than also to see if she has any ideas.


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Dogs produce lots of other odours besides from being sick or peeing.

Hormones from un-spayed/neutered animals produce smells, as do any minor ailments like ear/skin/foot infections. Also if they have blocked anal glands the smell from them is truly awful

Some beagles have more oily coats than others and they in my opinion tend to smell more.

Also their natural smell, which I find very pleasant, is not always nice to others and does tend to be stronger in hounds than many other breeds.

Any smells no matter what the cause are going to be exaggerated when you have two dogs kept in a crate with less ventilation.

Personally I would be concerned if my dogs stank to high heaven after only being confined for a few hours. The back of my car which my dogs get in everyday and is a fairly confined space tends to smell after a few days but thats what I would expect...not after a few hours though.
 

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If they have any sort of bedding in the crate, I would wash it at least once a week. I also wash down my crate with hot water and detergent (like dish soap, some times very dilute bleach) at least once a week. I don't know about Beagles, but I wash the Cocker at least once every week and a half. She gets a very nice oily buildup - I use a mild shampoo on her with an apple or citrus smell.

If it is really bad, its time to clean the area around the crate (wipe down the walls, clean the carpet around it and any odd and end furniture). Renuzit makes a very nice little air freshner that I put near the litterbox(es) and by the crate.
 

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Don't think I am weird, but check to see if it is their breath. My male has a very distinct odor after being in his kennel, but it is his breath. I think it comes from not having direct access to water during the time he is locked in. Otherwise his breath is fine when he is running loose.
 

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I was thinking like some others above
1) bedding needs to be washed often
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2) hormonal, teeth, infection, etc.

But either way,
3) when people or pets are confined or in tight spaces, the smell is concentrated. Get them in a bigger area, and you might not smell them because it is diffused throughout the room
 
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