chemical butt smell

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Graham asks:

Recently I noticed that a strange smell was coming from my ass, and I realized that it wasn’t a shitty smell. It’s almost impossible to describe, it but it sorta smells like chemicals. Another thing about it is that whatever I sit on -- boxers, jeans, chairs -- all start to smell the same way. Is there any way I can solve this?


Dear Graham,

I would try changing the toilet bowl cleaner. It sounds as if the one you are currently using may be too strong. Also, it is usually a good idea when sitting on the toilet to put the seat down so that your ass is not soaking in the water.

On a more serious note, you should probably go get a check-up by a REAL DOCTOR and be tested for diabetes. You could be smelling acetone, which is a chemical formed in the blood when the body uses fat instead of glucose (sugar) for energy. If acetone forms, it usually means that the cells do not have enough insulin -- or cannot use the insulin that is in the blood -- to use glucose for energy. Acetone passes through the body into the urine. Another possibility could be ammonia.

As for the smell getting on the other things around you, maybe you should just go commando and not sit down until you get rid of the smell... or maybe put a stick-up air freshener in your boxers.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. She isn't a doctor, however, and you shouldn't trust anything you read on the Internet anyway. Still, she'll try her best to help you out. Got a question for her? Ask it here.












50 Comments on "chemical butt smell"

Double Flush's picture
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Motherload's first Poodiatrician report! Congrats Motherload!

I'd go and have my blood tested to be sure I didn't have any weird imbalances causing my body to throw off some chemical that smells like cleaners (ammonia perhaps?). I like the idea of getting the body to use fat, though. I've got more than plenty of fat for two or three people.

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Wow, I hope you keep this sort of consultancy up ML. Good technical advice matched with fine anti-stupid advice.

Roll on my first request for your admirable qualities in dealing with defecation complaints.

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i think i remember seeing a show where a guy had a chemical imbalance that gave him whiskey breath. but yeah that last story and this first consultation, ML is awesome. anything that causes you to make unnatural smells, you know not regularly unnatural smells, but more along the lines of chemical, really requires medical consultation (no offense ml)

yours in time,

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I have acute fecalemia in the Circle of Willis. Want to translate that one, Mother dear?

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well, lets see. Fecal = poop, emia means "in the blood", and the Circle of Willis is a system of arteries that supply blood to the brain. This is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY! If not treated you could end up with a chronic case of "shit for brains".
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I love you, Mother--you are totally with it!!

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mother all your stories are nice and well written good job

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I love the Q&A's. Good job, ML.

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I have this EXACT same problem. I first noticed it back in July. I thought it had to do with drinking wine, but I started drinking wine months before the problem emerged. It seemed to correlate with my wine drinking, but then my wife developed the problem, and she doesn't drink. Interesting thing: I developed this problem when my wife was in the hospital. I spent most of my time with her, but was home once a day for a few hours. She did not develop the problem at all until after she came home. It first, it was only detectable when she took a dump, but tonight, her ass and vagina small strongly of the same chemicals that my ass so frequently smells of.

And let me tell you, this is bad. Anyone standing within 5 feet of me can smell it when it's at its worst. Luckily, like the guy said, it does NOT smell like shit or a fart or anything but chemicals. No one would know it is me unless they sniffed my ass, and if they did, they'd REALLY know it was me because it is VERY VERY STRONG.

My wife was in the hospital with pregnancy complications and she was tested for diabetes several times. While we are both overweight, it seems very unlikely that we would develop diabetes, simultaneously.

We do not use a toilet bowl cleaner, so it can't be that - and also, that was a piss-poor answer because if you understood the vicious strength of this smell, you'd understand that it is coming from within. It is clearly not something we've picked up by contact.

I do have two theories. 1) We have a fireplace in our apartment that frequently emits a gas smell. I think we may be ingesting the fumes which are producing a chemcial reaction. 2) We live in Bay City, MI right next to a sugar beet farm. Although we can't smell the beets inside of our apartment, I'm wondering if it is somehow related.

Again, it seems to have something to do with our environment, since we just moved here in June, and my wife did not develop the problem while she was in the hospital.

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Yeah Grahm. I would absolutly go see a doctor. If you don't have diabetes, (s)he may reffer you to a gastroetenologist. Either way, it sound like your dooper is giving you a warining that something is wrong.

Do you eat healthy? You may want to phase out processed foods from your diet.

Good luck finding a solution to your problem.
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CB, since my original answer can not be applied to you because you do not use toilet bowl cleaner and do not have diabetes, try this.

1. Get some toilet bowl cleaner and clean your damn toilet. If you never clean your toilet, chances are your asses are pretty dirty as well.

2. Do what I mentioned in the first answer--Go see a doctor. This is a poop HUMOR website. Not a free clinic.

3. Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your ass.

4. If none of the above works, just get really, really drunk. I hear that pickled beets are best.
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Chemical Butt get to the Doctors!!! hell I'd be heading to A&E if I had what you described.

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News Flash: Today the EPA reported the initiation of a Superfund cleanup in Graham's ass. Insider sources commenting on the condition of anonimity states that this is directly related to Dumpster's "acute fecalemia in the Circle of Willis." More on tonight's news at 10.

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Chemical Butt, you seem to be living in a VERY polluted area. Buy a water filter, change your AC/heating filters, and watch what you eat. Also, you might investigate any industrial areas in your vicinity and get the courage to ask around to see if others in your neighborhood have the same problem. There may be a chemical dump going on.

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MYSTERY SOLVED!

I was racking my brain over this problem for several days. FINALLY, I had an "ah-ha" moment. My hypothesis was that our new laptop was the culprit. The reason I had the problem more often than my wife is that I use the laptop more, and plus she normally uses a table while I put it right on my lap. We abstained from using the laptop for a few days and sure enough, the smell went away. Then I woke up in the middle of the night to find my wife not in bed. She couldn't sleep and she was sitting in the living room using the laptop. She forgot that we were abstaining. SURE ENOUGH, after using the laptop for 30 minutes, she had the smell.

I have NO DOUBT that Graham had the same problem as we did, so I hope he's reading this. My bet is he uses his laptop, directly on his lap. Furthermore, I would have to assume that it can't be EVERY laptop that does this, or it would be well known. We have one of the new HP models ("The PC is personal again"). The heat produces the smell that finds refuge in the murkiness of the ol' bunghole. The bad thing is that it is SO OVERPOWERING and it lasts for a long, long time.

You bastards really had me worried, like I needed to see a doctor or something. I searched WebMD, and there's nothing for "strange anal odor" or "chemical smell" and "rectum."

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I have an HP Pavilion dv4165cl, and it doesn't make me smell, even using it directly on my bare lap. It had that "new electronics" smell that I love when I first got it, but that passed quicklym and never left me smelling. Then again, mine doesn't get hot--it has the Centrino deal so it stays cool. When idle, it produces a mere 6 watts of heat which is easily taken away by passive air movement.

Enough ranting. This is just to show that mine doesn't do that.

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bowlfiller's picture
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how on earth can a laptop cause your ass to smell of chemicals for days?

I think your kidding yourself with this diagnosis.

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It made my ass smell for days because I used it again and again. But I can say that using it for 30 minutes causes the smell to last for several hours.

There is NO DOUBT about the diagnosis.

Perhaps the laptop is somehow defective. Perhaps there is interaction with some other element. But we have determined for absolute fact that using the laptop is the culprit.

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Maybe it's not making your butt smell like chemicals, but just your general nether region-area. Laptops can sometimes emit a sort of ozone-like aroma, which would totally smell weird and could possibly linger for a while.

Another possibility is that you have a metabolic disorder of some sort. Some metabolic disorders cause you to not be able to break things down properly and you could be defecating weird compounds (acetaldehydes, ammonia, various sugars, etc.) that would smell very strange. I would probably go see a gastroenterologist who could do a more thorough exam on you.


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Laptop? Doubt it. Terrorist more likely. Chemical Ali/Chemical Assie ... hmmm... coincidence? I think not. I smell a conspiracy. Or chemical ass. One or the other.

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"It made my ass smell for days because I used it again and again."
Your ass or the laptop???

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Okay, I stand corrected. It wasn't really the laptop after all. You have to understand why I thought it was: The problem originated for me while my wife was in the hospital. I was using the laptop in the hospital a lot. Then, months later (after posting here even) I hypothesized it was the laptop. A few days later my wife used it and she got the smell. Meanwhile, we knew we had a gas leak but it had been supposedly shut off.

Okay, well last night my wife developed the smell again without using the laptop. Our explanation was that the stench was infused in our furniture and she got it just from sitting on the couch. I also got a touch of the smell myself, but not as bad. Then this morning, we smelled gas again. We had smelled it a few times but I was convinced it was coming from the chair and the couch (where we had planted our stinky ass chemical tushes). This time, it was too strong to ignore, so we called the gas company AGAIN. Sure enough, they didn't properly fix the leak.

Okay, now I have NO DOUBT that it was the gas leak. After they shut off our fireplace the first time (supposedly fixing the leak) the gas smell more closely resembled our ass smell. It had to do with something in our crawlspace. However, the laptop still played a part. Heat intensified the smell in our asses. There are two problems: 1) Why did I develop the smell when I was spending most of my time in the hosital. And 2) Why didn't we develop the problem the two months we were here before we had the laptop?

Even in the face of these issues, there literally is no doubt that the gas leak was the ultimate source of the problem.... Okay, maybe I shouldn't say "NO" doubt.

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Chemical Gas from your Ass, you should write a story.

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This site beats WebMD. Wish I was in this thread when there was more momentum, but didn't have the problem till recently.

Anyway, my poop smells very strange, I will have to see the doctor and report back to you (my new heroes). I live near a very smelly part of town, and often my toilet and basement fill up with fumes. I never had it manifest in my bowels, though. I guess there's a first for everything.

Also, I have been drinking more "Airborne" lately in an effort not to get a cold. I'm on my way to the folks' house for Xmas vacation and didn't want be sick during vacation. Maybe a buildup of all that stuff in the Airborne (vitamins, echinacea (sp?), etc) is causing toxic waste - literally.

The smell is indescribably, that's for sure . Consistency is firmer than peanut butter but not log-like, either. In between. Brownish... kind of light...hard to describe...like a HINT of Indian Red in a crayon box. There's no blood though....

Oh- another couple of clues: I started wiping with "Wet Ones Antibacterial" (the pink kind) and _first_ noticed the smell then. I was using Wet Ones because for a short time, I was having trouble finishing pooping. Like there's just one...more.... little...bead...

But I eat a lot of sugar, too. Could be type II diabetes? (I am 37).

Like I mentioned, I *WILL* see the doctor and report back to this group.

OH AND ANOTHER THING six months ago (June '06) doc said I had an enlarged spleen but I never followed up on it because the results of my liver bloodwork came back normal and shortly beforehand I had a scare with abnormal cells on my cervix (HPV) and had to get a colposcopy (they had to cut off part of the cervix and get rid of the bad cells) and I got the news about the spleen shortly afterward which is why I didn't go to the doc because I was like "JESUS what else can go WRONG here" anyway now it is Dec '06 and it will be interesting to see what the doc says.

Oh and yes I use a laptop frequently.

Until I report back I will 1) NOT consume Airborne, 2) clean my toilet 3) try to get a plumber to install a "p" trap to eliminate sewer gasses in my house, 4) cut back on sugar 5) not use Wet Ones 6) keep the labtop off the lap and 7) go to the doctor.

Not in that order.

To Be Continued....

SAwi

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I have a question. okay lately i have been having comments mad by my co-workers whenever they are around me of the smell of butt or ass, I know I have the problem but how do i fix it. And also my vagina is starting to smell that way too, I go back to the doctor on friday but the doctor won't believe me, How can I make them a believer and help me?
Thanks

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WOW, ML's first. Very kool.
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Stop mixing your cocktails with windex amd such.

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I get real bad chemical-butt. Every couple of months, my farts and shit smell like sulfuric acid dumped over broccoli, for a couple days. It gets worse as I age...

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I have just recently started having the "chemical" smelling poop problem. The smell to me is exactly the same as the chemical used in hair salons for perms. Only thing I can think of is I have started working out more and dieting. Also drinking alot of energy drinks (i.e. redbull, monster and sobe adrenalin). Has to be something ingested or absorbed through your environment as far as Im concerned. Going to the doctor soon will let you know what they say.

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MOTHERLOAD...I LOVE YOU!!!...you know you shit...!!!!! And you are funny as hell..To the dude with HP LAPTOP ASS....we believe you...that must have been some gas leak,in your house and everything,and you lived to tell the tale.gas leaks usually kill people in just one night,you did it for months,your ass smell formed a protective barrier around you and your wife..you are better off with it. Now put it to a real test, go play in traffic, take your wife, you know (Double the power) loved your story though.

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I have noticed the same, started with the teenager... I thought that it would go away, instead it "passed" around to me, and then the dog, and so on.
I also drink a lot of RedBull, however the kids, and dog do not(I hope. the dog is strung out enough already!).
I would like to know if anyone finds out more..
mntlmn

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Is it too late to answer? I get such a smell when I have excess B12-such as in a shot. Which, I had to quit taking because, of the smell. Also, I think it is linked to the beet factory. Do you eat beets/ beet powder/ beet juice...or is it in in local products? Reason I say it is related to the beets is because I just purchased a supplement made with beet powders and have a similar stinky experience this evening. When I read your post, I about decided to throw this supplement away. Any suggestions?

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Almost a year ago, Coast To Coast talked about getting a chemical but smell after getting in shape. After some thought, I have come to the conclusion that a chemical butt smell may not always be a sign of ill health, but of healthy getting BETTER! If this is the case, it is only a permanent condition and may eventually go away. The chemical butt smell may come from detoxing after a number of years of exposure to some unhealthy shit (no pun intended) that is now leaving your system as you get in better shape.

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TSV, why am I not surprised you are a George Noory fan? I listen to him all the time. (When I'm not here)

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I have dealt with this problem for years (early 90's). I take showers twice daily, but I still smell like sulfur, or as if I passed gas, or chemical, or sometimes like rotten food coming from my anus. People are so cruel and I have left several jobs over the years because of this problem. I won't let this problem deter me again. Physicians have not been able to give me an answer. I don't do drugs, don't drink alcohol, I take pretty good care of myself, however I am lactose intolerant and thought this may be a reason for the odour problem, although I do not drink cows milk; I drink Silk . I feel as if it is a curse (Scarlet letter) for something that I may have done, knowingly or unknowingly, in my life.

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1. freaked out about seeing dr about ass...used to indulge in sugar
2. started wellbutrin (possibility?) don't crave sugar any more...
3. dyed my hair
4. lost 15 lbs in four months (through starvation and dancing)
5. no gassy apts

want to know:
A. anyone has similar symptoms
B. those that had/have it, what causes and how long can it last?
C. Did anyone get rid of it, besides gas-in-fireplace guy

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HI, I HAD A SMELLY ASS FOR THREE YEARS !!! I HATED GOING ANYWHERE EVEN AFTER A SHOWER I REAKED OF ASS SMELL, BUT I STARTED TAKING VITIAMINS [ C WITH ROSE HIPS, BIOTIN, E WITH FISH OIL AND IRON TABLETS 27 MGS ] IN A MATTER DAYS[THREE] FOR ME AND NO MORE CHEMICAL BUTT OR WHEN I HAD MY PERIOD IT SMELLED LIKE A DEAD RAT WAS IN MY VAGINA :( AND THAT WENT AWAY AS WELL! I HOPE THIS CAN HELP SOMEONE!!!

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Shelly, you might want to consider dating the Orkin man.

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Freaked out, I wonder if you are were experiencing the after effects of ketosis. Are you using one of those diets that overdoses on proteins? It can give you almost nail-polish remover breath.


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Frustrated, it's okay. This happens to me all the time. Usually during a bout of those annoying harmonic tremors.

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Hi to all, I have the same problem at times...I know what it is, but it is not that simple to conquer even when you know what is causing the problem. It is a sulfite intolerance. Sulfites are in everything. Any catering at banquets and restaurants, they spray the fresh vegetables with sulfites to keep them from browning. They are in wine. They are in dried fruit. They are sprayed on frozen fish to keep it white. They are on frozen potatoes. If I eat something with sulfites it completely empties me out and the smell is like a chemical dump. Read labels, but beware, it is hidden in everything.

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Oh poor reeking soul, you're not alone. One of our brethren is allergic to coconut, and since finding out, she's discovered that not only does the food industry hide information, but they make different names for different additives to hide them, like you say.

It gets to the point where I think next year we'll have a garden, because I'm tired as hell of the chemicals.

I hope find a support group in the meantime. Often, people with the same allergies bond together. Check Craigslists, check any type of internet site that promotes meet up days. Bug your doctors. You might be near people with experience as to how to deal with this that are as close as your next town.

I wish you the best.

In the meantime, should you butt explode into a fury of fecal malevolence, please, submit a story. We enjoy your pain! (jk).


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Hey Graham, how do you know that it's your butt?

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I found this site looking for a clue to a fishy ass smell. I'm a middle aged dude with a long history of slimy loose stool that is kinda like clams or oysters and coincidently it has started smelling fishy. I also tend to spray the toilet when I go, the sides, the back, everywhere. Thus the screen name. Any clues on solidifying a theory here? Maybe should I be in a different topic? It's sad that I am envious of my six and ten year old kids when they forget to flush. I've never experienced the thrill of clogging a toilet.... Oh to see the water rise just once before I die...

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Oh my goodness, call your doctor and get an appointment! You could have a food allergy or a blockage that only lets the loose stool around. Wouldn't it be nice to get a fecaloccult and find out that there's something wrong?

Please don't delay. It's our ideal at Poopreport.com that it's everyone's right to poop. You, sir, deserve to take a dump.

Get back to us if you find anything out. In the meantime, drink more water and try some Metamucil. It's helped many who come here looking for help.

Best wishes!

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Thanks Daphne, I have tried adding fiber to my diet with no noticed difference, I could try Metamucil I guess. I don't really have a regular doctor so what type of Doc do I contact.

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Finally, I belong somewhere. This is a great site. I developed the chemical smell @ 7 yrs ago. Was under tremendous amt of stress @ the time (teenage son problems). Coincidentally, I was diagnosed with HPV and also had a Coposcopy? Have Bipolar disorder also & smell got worse with Depakote and Lithium. However, that 1st occasion, I puked and had exposive diahhrea with labor pain cramps all night. Also had blood in stool. Had an endoscopy & colonoscopy & all they found was a few small polyps. Since then, problem comes & goes but also have acid reflux and bitter taste emitting from tongue. Dr is sending me for HITA test. Thinks it may be gall bladder or liver. Bipolar causes terrible eating habits. When I'm down, I barely eat ne thing, when up, I want to eat every healthy thing in site. This may add weight to the ketosis theory. Also I drink massive amts of sugar, but have been lately using Stevia, & brown rice syrup as well as honey. Diabetes runs in family. Every time I check my sugar its good, but need to be more deligent about it. Thankfully tho, I only smell this when I poop and it is just like hair dye, usually accompanied by thick diahhrea. OK, Mother Load & fellow Loadees. Lets solve this mystery, please. Will report from dr soon.Thanks for listening!

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I had the same problem too.The answers given have been very helpful.

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I have the chemical smell when I have a bowel movement or when I expel gas. It has the same odor that a permanent (Hair treatment) has. I started having this problem after having my gallbladder removed and only have it when eating certain foods (cherries last night). My stomach rolls, I have gas and explosive bowels with that "perm" smell. I know it has to do with the bile my liver is producing...is there anything I can do to fix this problem?

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The very worst thing anyone with bowel issues can do is consult with a so-called "physicians assistant". The postings I've seen on this board are serious medical issues and are not subjects for mirth. I would also add that any doc who finds "small polyps" and makes you think "they are nothing" is a quack. See a REAL doctor, folks. Btw, don't eat fiber if you have symptoms of an impaction. Get to a real doctor fast. And regarding the chemistry smell, GET TO A DOCTOR. To "Motherload", shame on you pal. I wouldn't let you diagnose or treat a dog. Funny, you ain't.