The task of removing dried fecal matter from your puppy or dog's behind is undeniably a bit gross, but caring for your pet's hygiene is a basic part of pet ownership. Performing this simple grooming task whenever it is necessary will prevent more serious health problems from developing.
Removing Dried Poop
Dried poop is not normally difficult to remove from your puppy's butt. To remove dried poop:
- Gently restrain your puppy or have a friend restrain him for you.
- Use a damp washcloth to gently wash away the fecal matter from the rear end. You will want to wear gloves for this task.
- If the washcloth isn't getting your puppy clean enough, give him a bath using gentle soap and warm water. Continue washing until the feces is removed and your dog is clean.
- If you are still unable to get all the poop off of your puppy, take him to the veterinarian or groomer to have the hair around his butt and any remaining poop shaved off.
Regular trips to the groomer can help prevent this problem. If your dog is long-haired and this is a problem that happens often, schedule regular appointments at the groomer. The groomer can shave the hair away from your dog's rear and keep that hair trimmed, which will help prevent poop from becoming stuck to your dog's bottom.
This process should not be painful for your puppy. Do not yank, pull or rub the hair so hard that you injure your pet's skin. Do not attempt to cut matted fur or poop off of your dog's butt with scissors. You could injure him. If you cannot get your puppy clean at home, your professional dog groomer is fully equipped to handle this task safely.
Pseudocoprostasis and Dogs
Dried fecal matter left stuck to a puppy's butt can result in an unpleasant medical condition called pseudocoprostasis. When pseudocoprostasis occurs, the feces that is stuck in your puppy's fur will build up and can make defecating difficult or even impossible. The fecal matter also may attract flies and maggots or lead to the development of an infection.
Symptoms of pseudocoprostasis include:
- Matted hair around the anus.
- Foul odor around the animal's rear.
- Difficulty pooping or visible straining.
The good news is that this condition is relatively simple to prevent. Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if you are cleaning your dog's rear and you notice signs of infection, maggots or any other possible injury.