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by Grace

Our house was feeling quite empty after we put our 12-year-old lab down. The local paper ran a story about the nearby animal shelter. It had a few pictures with the story and in the background in one of the pics, we spied Watson. We went down to check him out and learned of his sad plight.

He had been abandoned in an apartment for two weeks, we were told. Some neighbors would toss him some food once in a while but once they realized the owners (so-called owners) weren't coming back for him, the cops were called and Watson was taken out.

He was a mess to say the least. Before we could take him home, he had bladder surgery to remove stones as he had a difficult time urinating. And the ears. Lord almighty, we've never encountered anything so bad and foul in all the years we've owned dogs. Both of his ears were so badly infected, they bled as the vet techs cleaned them out. The poor dog had to go on pain killers. Almost 2 months later, he is still on antibiotics and he is quite smelly still, even with numerous baths with medicated shampoo (we are thinking he has a yeast problem -- back to the vets we go).

But for all the miserableness that he's been thru, he's such a love... so friendly to everyone and other dogs and playful. The shelter wasn't able to get any background on him... his age or even his real name. So sad that people would just abandon a dog like Watsie.

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Feb 09, 2015
by: Nancy

Bassett smell but to Mr they r great. Lambert May has an oatmeal/baking soda shampoo that works well. After rinsing take plain white vinegar about 1//3 cup mixed in quart of water. Pour this all over Watson. DO NOT RINSE. Dry him with towels. He will not smell like vinegar when he days. Promise. In between baths I have a spray bottle with water and 3-4 tablespoons of white vinegar mixed in. I spray my baby down towel her off and she is good to go. Also works well spraying on washcloth and cleaning the ears. Try it. I was skeptical at first but it really works. I have owned 2 Bassett. Wish I had known this with my first. Also corn free or grain free dry dog food will cut down on the smell. It's the corn in the food. Hope this helps.

Nov 09, 2014
Smelly Ears
by: Barbara in Florida


This past January we adopted a 8 yr old male basset hound from a shelter. He also has smelly ears and I clean every day with baby wipes. I have tried the cider vinegar solution but the smell comes back. He has a yellow type wax that comes out when I clean them. I don't understand why his ears smell so bad and they look clean inside.

Jan 28, 2013
Homemade Ear Remedy
by: Bill Rice

1 pint witchhazel, 4 tblspoons boric acid, 12 drops 2% gentian violet. It's an ear wash recommended by The Basset Rescue Network. It will cure infections without stinging. Hold ear with canal pointed up,( If you gently play with the opposite ear he may roll into it. Thus tipping the other ear skyward for you)pour in a little. Squish it around a little, allow to drain into a towel. This will STAIN purple, so have a towel ready. It works great. It's all I use. I save hundred on vet ear meds and cleaning.

Jan 02, 2013
Thanks for the update...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Glad to hear that Watson is doing well and enjoying his new home. Sorry to hear about the chronic ear infections. I guess the vet recommended daily cleaning. I hope this helps him and is not painful. Will post the update to my blog to see if anyone has any recommendations.

Dec 30, 2012
Update on Watson
by: Grace

Our dear boy Watson is enjoying his pampered life with us. He definitely is a special needs dog as he has to have prescription dog food because of his bladder problem -- we are trying to avoid stones and surgery again. It's a pretty strict diet (and expensive) for him. His ears have improved somewhat but the smell and gunk coming out will be chronic as a culture revealed this stuff is resistant to antibiotics. So we clean his ears daily and deal with his royal smellyness. He is hilarious though. He howls to certain songs ... Bruno Mars, Susan Boyle and the national anthem as well as God Save the Queen! He loves his long walks, sleeping on his comfy bed, and playing 'round up'in the house -- which consists of barking and being chased or chasing someone thru the house. He's also known as Mr. Nibbles as he will gently nibble on a sleeve or pants for attention. If we are sitting down, he'll come over and hop his front paws into your lap for some loving. Has anyone else dealt with chronic basset ear issues? Has anyone had success with the cider vingegar/rubbing alcohol concoction to clean with? Any suggestions would be helpful.

Dec 27, 2012
For the love of Bassets
by: Deaconblue9038

Thats fantastic that he was saved,he deserves a good home. Don't know how much you know about the breed ,but be careful. Bassets have a way of weaseling their way deeper into your heart than you realize. Bassets DO NOT stink,not normally. If he has a smell in his skin he may have flea allergy dermatitis which can cause the skin to smell. If its his breath it could be a digestive issue,my dog has had both and after an antibiotic and a pro-biotic and a change in diet. He not only smelled better but felt better. Also having his anal glands expunged (when necessary),will help his digestive tract. They need their ears cleaned pretty regularly too (talk to your vet about proper ear care) and,they're prone to bloat. So two smaller feedings a day is better than one big one. Take care and enjoy your new basset!

Dec 03, 2012
Rescuing basset
by: Anonymous

Glad he has a good home now. Basslets stink but they make up for it by being so loveable.

Dec 02, 2012
Glad Watson is being well taken care of now...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry you had to put your lab down.

Sounds like Watson is one of those dog that has led a tough life. I'm glad that you have him now and are willing to take care of him and all of his needs. It must have been so painful for him with those ear infections and stones. I'm sure he'll be an awesome pet. Enjoy!

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