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Old 08-17-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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Question Weird question!?

I apologize if this is going to sound but I love my puppy very much and his health and well being are Number 1 for me right now.

Here it goes: What can I use to clean my puppy's tush/behind after he poops? Any special wipes (besides baby wipes which makes the smell worse) that could help with this problem?

His little behind always smells and he sometimes has dry poop glued to his fur. I m asking this weird question because Peanut sleeps in our bed and plays there sometimes and my sheets start to smell.

Any advice or suggestion is highly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:37 PM   #2
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Carefully trim the hair around his tush with blunt tipped scissors or hair clippers. That'll help with dingleberries There are dog bath cloths sold just like baby wipes. I don't know that they're better, but they are available.

When I clean the rears of my 2 between baths, I use a warm washcloth with a LITTLE baby shampoo on it. Then I use another wet cloth to "rinse".

I hope this helps. I went thru a really tough time with Rebel when he was a baby. His hair was so thick around his rear when I first got him that a stool hardened half in and half out.

I had to soak his little behind in warm water to get it soft enough to remove, then trim him up.
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for the advice. It does help a lot! Is it ok if I lightly wash his little behind every time after he goes to take care of business or at least when I notice his tush smells?
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I also keep Pebbles bum trimmed. I have learned from experience. It really helps all those little dingleberries.
I wash her bum with a face cloth and a little soap.
Works for us.
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I don't trim or anything back there and don't have problems. The problems you're having (if they're continual and this noticable) make me wonder if the poos are firm enough/correct consistency. What are you feeding?
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for the advice. It does help a lot! Is it ok if I lightly wash his little behind every time after he goes to take care of business or at least when I notice his tush smells?

It's not going to hurt him at all You'll just have a fresh, clean-smelling baby
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The vet recommended us Purina for puppies. I don't really trust Purina but my husband thinks that only what the vet says it's good all the time. I made a list of other puppy food based on what I saw here. I just don't know which one is the most trusted. Peanut's vet said that because his breed is so special and needy we should avoid meat as much possible and feed him food based on vegetables mainly. Well, I checked with Pet Smart and everything has meat in it. I wish I knew which brand is best so I could stick with it - my husband is already angry with me that I keep on doubting Purina.

Thank you all again for the advice. Noted!
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I don't trim or anything back there and don't have problems. The problems you're having (if they're continual and this noticable) make me wonder if the poos are firm enough/correct consistency. What are you feeding?
Reb's stools are firm, but not dried out. He's only had the problem with the "half in-half out" one time, but that was enough for me. My groomer does a sanitary trim where she lightly trims the hair around their tushes and blends it in with the fur on the hind quarters. In between professional groomings, I trim as needed with tiny scissors.

My 2 both eat Nutro Natural Choice herring and sweet potato. It's the first food I've found that Lucy doesn't have problems with and Reb loves it.
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It's not going to hurt him at all You'll just have a fresh, clean-smelling baby
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lly Posted by IluvLucy
It's not going to hurt him at all You'll just have a fresh, clean-smelling baby

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Peanut's vet said that because his breed is so special and needy we should avoid meat as much possible and feed him food based on vegetables mainly.
Are. You. Serious. ???? Your vet actually SAID THIS? If so, I would run as fast as you possibly can from this vet, and never look back. I am so beyond shocked, I hardly have words.

Dogs are carnivores. They need meat to survive, thrive and to have proper nutrition for their basic bodily functions.

Seriously - I am scared for you if you place your dog's health in this vet's care. If he/she made that statement above - I would never let them see my dog again - that statement is ludicrous and dangerous.

I'm really glad you're here at YT - so you can learn about nutrition and ingredients yourself. The more you're here, you'll see what I mean.
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Are. You. Serious. ???? Your vet actually SAID THIS? If so, I would run as fast as you possibly can from this vet, and never look back. I am so beyond shocked, I hardly have words.

Dogs are carnivores. They need meat to survive, thrive and to have proper nutrition for their basic bodily functions.

Seriously - I am scared for you if you place your dog's health in this vet's care. If he/she made that statement above - I would never let them see my dog again - that statement is ludicrous and dangerous.

I'm really glad you're here at YT - so you can learn about nutrition and ingredients yourself. The more you're here, you'll see what I mean.
YES! I am very serious! He did say that to us when we took Peanut for the very first time in 48 hrs after we picked him up from the breeder.

Now I don't really understand why he would want us to feed him food that contains more vegetables than meat - because of his respiratory infection from the plane ride (the breeder said it's very common for Yorkies to develop this health problem) or just because he's a Yorkie. My puppy is seen by the military vet on base. I hope he is not that of a vet.

I am very happy to be here - it's a wonderful support website for Yorkies and all information here is very valuable to me. I started to understand my puppy a lot better since I joined.
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Are. You. Serious. ???? Your vet actually SAID THIS? If so, I would run as fast as you possibly can from this vet, and never look back. I am so beyond shocked, I hardly have words.

Dogs are carnivores. They need meat to survive, thrive and to have proper nutrition for their basic bodily functions.

Seriously - I am scared for you if you place your dog's health in this vet's care. If he/she made that statement above - I would never let them see my dog again - that statement is ludicrous and dangerous.

I'm really glad you're here at YT - so you can learn about nutrition and ingredients yourself. The more you're here, you'll see what I mean.
I'm completely baffled about a vet talking about primarily vegetarian diets for a dog. I'm more baffled about that than I am about a vet recommending something like Purina, a sub-standard, off-the-shelf food.

If it's a Yorkie, his breed is not "special." (Everyone else please hear me out before you start throwing things at me.)

Yorkies are the one of the most widely bred and owned dogs in this country. They're "special" to us because we own them, but they're certainly not uncommon, and they're carnivores like any other canine.

Respiratory infections aren't "common" in Yorkies. I'm not sure from what you're saying if he had Bordetella or an allergic reaction. It could be either, but whichever it was, I very strongly agree with Wylie that you should find a new vet.

As far as hygiene goes, we trim ours under their tails. We don't have problems with diarrhea other than with one of ours, but that's because of a medication she's on for a chronic illness. We have a routine with a sticker on our wall calendar of HeartGard/FrontLine/bathing/etc. The bathing usually includes trimming bangs, nails, butt hairs. I'm not sure how groomers do this, but my DH and I do it together. We won't get scissors near the dogs without one of us holding them and the other doing the trimming, whether it's the face or the butt. They tend to wiggle, so it's much less stressful for all of us if we have one person holding the dog and the other doing trimming, even with the blunt scissors.
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the dogs without one of us holding them and the other doing the trimming, whether it's the face or the butt. They tend to wiggle, so it's much less stressful for all of us if we have one person holding the dog and the other doing trimming, even with the blunt scissors.

AMEN! it's definitely a 2 person job!
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Reb's stools are firm, but not dried out. He's only had the problem with the "half in-half out" one time, but that was enough for me. My groomer does a sanitary trim where she lightly trims the hair around their tushes and blends it in with the fur on the hind quarters. In between professional groomings, I trim as needed with tiny scissors.

My 2 both eat Nutro Natural Choice herring and sweet potato. It's the first food I've found that Lucy doesn't have problems with and Reb loves it.
There have been sooo many reports of illness in dogs that eat Nutro and I think even a few deaths. The company refuses to recall it and says it is unrelated to their food. You can check it out on the consumers affairs website.

It really is a very dangerous food in my opinion.
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