My dog has an ear infection and it's made him really, really, really stinky; it's kind of nauseating. His ears can't get wet so we can't wash him... The smell is all over him because he's weird and rubby (as in, he rubs on all the things and it spreads the smell) and it gets on your hands if you even pet him a little. He's also really sad and pathetic because he doesn't feel good and I don't think he understands why no one wants to touch him... He's soft and fluffy, so he's used to getting a lot of attention. My parents won't touch him and I've been trying to avoid it, but he just looks so depressed... We've reached an agreement that he can sit on the couch with me as long as he doesn't move too much.
If you had a sad, smelly dog would you pet him and try to ignore your stomach churning or relegate him to being sad and stinky on the floor until he's better?
And we're taking him to the vet; we're not just leaving him to fester.