Have you ever had to get poop off your dog's butt? I just did. Yucky, huh? LOL

@mentalward (14716)
United States
December 2, 2008 9:05am CST
Yeah, we go through this about once or twice a year. I have two beautiful little Maltese girls and their hair gets LONG! I try to keep it shaved in that area (they're not show dogs) but sometimes the hair grows faster than I realize. Then, the inevitable happens. My preferred method is to put them into the bathtub, take the shower sprayer and let the warm water soften the poop until it falls off. I'm not about to touch that stuff! Ewwwwwwww! After it's off and they're dry, I give them a shave 'back there'. Has this happened to you? If it has, how do you handle it?
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
2 Dec 08
yes with all my long haired dogs and long haired cats too, I always had to keep the area trimmed for the dogs they got the bath but for cat I had to take it off manually I had no choice.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Cats, too??? Oh, man! I've always loved long-haired cats but never thought about this happening to them, too! Oh, man! Okay, I'm sticking with my domestic short-hairs. LOL
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Buster - My beagle, Buster, with "short" hair.
Ewwww! I do not have this problem with my Buster, pictured here. Beagles have short hair. Plus I have never seen poo on his rear end to this date. I did have a cockapoo years ago that ate his pillow made of Kapok material. Once he started to poop that out it was a long string of the material mixed in with his feces and I had to help mom pull it free. Ewwww! That was the nastiest thing I've ever had to do as far as doggie doo doo. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Pillow poop! That would've been something to see! Man! How long did it take to get that all out? Geez, I'm glad I've never had a dog that ate anything like a pillow or rug! I think the worst I've experienced was a cockapoo who got into the trash and ate that red plastic that comes on some bologna lunch meat. She got ahold of one piece of it and that got stuck halfway in and halfway out. I had to pull that out, too, but it wasn't so bad since it was so small. Ah, the things we do for our pooches, huh?
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
A couple of hours total time. It was one long string of gunk. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Okay, Grandpa Bob, now you've grossed ME out! I thought I was impervious to the old gross-out but, apparently, I'm not. Hours?
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@Anne18 (11036)
3 Dec 08
Yeah, when I was a girl our dog always got poop stuck on its butt. My mum always used to wipe it off while I held the dog. Sometimes we had to cut it off. Oh the joys of having animals
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Ah, yes! It's things like that that make them so endearing to us, huh? LOL I remember my mother doing that when we had a Cocker Spaniel. She was gagging the whole time! Luckily, I'm much better about stuff like that... since having babies, anyway. Oh, the things we must endure with babies!!! At least it hardens us up to things like getting poop off of our dogs' behinds!
@celticeagle (78095)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Dec 08
I am so glad you went there. Yuk! So glad I don't have a dog. No, this hasn't happened to me. I have cats and they don't seem to have this discusting problem. Again, thanks for going there. Hahaha!
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hahahaha! I think this just might be THE most disgusting discussion ever in myLot! Sorry about that. It's just something that I've had to do and wondered if there might be a better way to go about it. Apparently, there's not. Sigh!
@shonali (1288)
• India
3 Dec 08
tiem machine - time machine, go back into time
well i have faced this quite sometimes because just like me my dogs have a constipation problem so there used to be some of their poop actually still stuck to their butt and sometimes i had to take it off or rather wash it off like youi do for a small baby.... and i had no problems ever doing that as i loved my dogs and treated them like my own children !!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
They are like our own children, aren't they? I love my dogs, too, so I guess that's how we can get through it. Of course, what I'm seeing here is that women tend to be able to handle it much better than men can. Maybe it's because we've dealt with enough dirty diapers in our lives, huh? It's that maternal instinct.
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Well, my problem isn't their long hair, it's mine! My hair gets really long and falls out all over the place. My dog will somehow ingest some of it and when she poops, it'll get stuck. I take a paper towel and grab it. She really doesn't like when this happens, but it is kinda funny to watch :)
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hahahaha! I can imagine the look on your dog's face as you're pulling your hair out of her rear end!
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@schulzie (4071)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I had to laugh reading this. My cousin has a dog that is half Chow and half Labrador Retriever. He looks more like a black Chow and is quite furry. Anyways, she was on the phone with me one day and was telling me to hold on for a second because she needed to check something out. She came back to the phone and said that her dog had pooped and not cleaned himself after he was finished. He had come back in the house with it kind of smeared back there. So since she had a baby in the house she had baby wipes. She had to use like ten baby wipes and literally wiped his butt to clean it up. I would never in a million years wipe an animal's butt like that. That is just plain nasty! I think that dog needed a bath, not baby wipes! Have a nice day and happy myLotting!!!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
2 Dec 08
It sounds like she really took her role as new mother seriously! She went above and beyond there! Nope, I couldn't have done that, either. Ewww! It was so much easier putting the dog in the bathtub and turning on the hand-held shower head! I'm not sure but I think my dog actually looked embarrassed! I know I would have been if I was in her shoes...er... paws! Poor thing!
@singout (980)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Well, here I am, just before going to church this morning, and you catch my attention with something like this? Now you've done it. I've just got to better you one on this subject. When my golden retriever, sonny was a pup he had the bad habit of eating and swallowing anything and everything in sight, especially panty hose. One day we were sitting on our porch enjoying the beautiful sunshine when we noticed Sonny acting rather strange. He kept tearing at something between his hind legs. He'd fuss at it for a while, then walk a little, then fuss some more. I notice something hanging from his butt. So I put on a pair of gloves and took hold of it. It was a pair of panty hose that he had swallowed. The minute I grabbed it, he started away rather frightened and confused. I ended up pulling the entire length of those panty hose out of his butt as he moved. They say it's hard to read the expressions on a dogs face, but that expression of relief was undeniable. He's about 3 years old now and doesn't do much of that anymore except when he wants to get attention.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Oh, man!!! I don't think I've ever been grossed out and laughed my behind off at the same time before! Ewwwwwwww!!! You write beautifully, singout. So graphic! Yep, I saw you holding on to those pantyhose as your poor little pup ran off. I could even see that "Aaaahhhhhh!" expression on his face! Thank you! That was a wonderful laugh you gave me, albeit being grossed out at the same time! Yes, you definitely one-upped me on this! Ewwwwwwww!!!!! You win the grossest dog story prize!!!
@singout (980)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I'm glad you enjoyed it. All who saw it did get a big laugh as well. If it had stayed stuck much longer, my plan was to use it as a substitute leash.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
Interesting discussion I must say! I responded because we have two cats and a dog and I have cleaned up and un fortunately had to handle numerous poops from butts and off the floor. I keep surgical gloves on hand and a can of disinfectant spray, take a deep breath and proceed to pick up or pick off the offending waste and you are right wetting the area does make the whole procedure a little easier. It is disgusting but I guess I am used to it now and it has to be done. I had a baby too a few years ago so there you have it, moore poop to clean up, not to mention puke etc.. oh my cat graces me with that one too. I've got to go now I feel completely grosed out!
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
Forgot to mention my long haried cat who wonders around the house with poop stuck to his bottom, wonderful!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I am SO sorry! I've managed to gross out too many people here! I didn't mean to, honestly! I've had my share of yuckiness from having my two kids, to be sure! Yep, things from every orifice that comes out of babies! Maybe that's what has given me the strong stomach I have today. LOL I promise... no more discussions of the yucky nature... at least none as bad as this!
@ElicBxn (58983)
• United States
3 Dec 08
both of our dogs and most of our cats are short haired. I have been know to have to trim mats off Rio, but not Solo or Oliver (different kind of long hair I guess.) Of course, I didn't have to trim Rio until she was 3 and that's the age Oliver had just reached....
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
4 Dec 08
You are very fortunate, I must say! Trimming mats out of fur is nothing compared to getting poop off of our pooches! Off of cats, as well, from what I've been reading here. Yuck!
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@ElicBxn (58983)
• United States
4 Dec 08
One time I had to grab a poop off Rio, I just grabbed a peice of paper towel and grabbed the poop and hung on as she ran off... I didn't touch the poop and she didn't have poop either - lost a few hairs too. Ahh, the wonders that a few extra hours of sleep will do to a memory... I KNOW I couldn't put her in the bath so it has to be the papertowel method
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
3 Dec 08
For some reason it doesn't bother me too much having to deal with a poopie doggie butt. It did bring back to mind a cat I had been baby sitting for one of my daughters friends. We were taking it back to the friend and the cat pooped in the carrier. It got the poop all over itself and the carrier...and it smelled horrible. So, since I have to cross a creek to get to town, I stopped in the creek bed and got the cat out of the carrier, cleaned the carrier and then discovered that there was no way I could return the cat in the pooped all over condition it was in. So, I got a cloth out of the car and started "washing" the cat. I would rub the poop with a dampened cloth but it just wouldn't come out of the cats hair. So, I ended up dipping the cat repeatedly in the creek (it was clean water...well it was until I dipped the cat). The cat wasn't happy, I wasn't happy, people were driving by staring at this strange lady dipping this unhappy cat in the creek. Then my daughter started singing "This is the way we wash the cat, wash the cat, wash the cat". I soooo lost it and laughed until I cried! I finally got the poop out of the cat and we continued on our way. So, the next time you need to clean the dogs fannies, you can think of the song "This is the way we wash the dog...." I'm sure they are much more thankful for having warm water rather than having their butts washed in cold creek water!!!
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Fortunately I have had to wash cats before...I held the ends that create "hamburger in my left hand and washed with the right. It was a long haired cat, and it was a "dirty" cat (it peed on everything in the house and pooped where it pleased. It refused to use a litter box!) so I didn't feel too bad about the bath. After all I had to keep washing bedding, clothing and bear making supplies! I just wish there had been a way to video tape the "bath". It was sooo funny, because not only was the cat pissed, but so was I!!!
@zabawaus (1734)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hello mentalward Here is something that you will probably surprised when you hear! I have a short hair dog but he is a bulldog, which means they can't clean themselves because of their body shape! So every time he poops you have to clean his butt with baby wipes :) Other wise they have skin issues you have to deal with. So yes the thing you did today is my routine last 1 year ! And he sometimes poops twice a day so you make the math :)))
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Oh, man! I never thought a short-haired dog would have problems like this but it sure does make sense! My son wants to get a bulldog. He's saving up now for one. I'll have to let him know what he'll have to deal with. It might just change his mind!
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@zabawaus (1734)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Nooo don't make him change his mind, give the bulldog a chance :) It is guarantee that you too will fall in love with him/her at the first sight!!! If not you know where to find me :) Have a good day!!
@ahgong (10088)
• Singapore
3 Dec 08
When I had my dog, I had to do it all the time. With toilet paper, I would remove it. Then I would wash their butt to ensure it is clean! Most of the dogs I used to have are short haired. Even the ones with long hairs are shaved on a regular basis. It is cleaner for them and for me. AND heck of a lot easier to maintain them as well.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Oh, without a doubt, shaving that area is the way to go! I normally shave it around twice a year but it looks like I should maybe start doing it 3 or 4 times a year, huh? I'd rather NOT have to do this again! LOL My little baby got a bath after her (and my) ordeal and looks and smells so sweet now. I know we're both much happier since before the bath!
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@ahgong (10088)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
ha ha ha ha ha... I do not just shave their area where they dump. I shave them all over. From the head to the toes to the tail!
• Indonesia
3 Dec 08
lmaoooo..thats a creative way to soften it hahah..ive been there done that lol, i was helping her coz it was stuck with a piece of hair inside it omg hahah i cant believe im telling u this lmao..but i did that using a newspaper or a tissue, so i didnt touch with my bare hand ewww ! never will do that hahah..so yeah, ive done that for my cat using a newspaper or a tissues..lmao interesting question anyway
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Until I wrote this discussion, I hadn't even thought about this happening to cats as well! I think I'd much rather handle it on a dog than a cat! Dog's tolerate water MUCH better than cats! If a tissue works, great! I'm glad you didn't have to put your cat in a bathtub or sink! What a disaster that would have been!!! I won't touch the stuff, either. Nope, no way. Okay, IF I absolutely HAD to, no choice or anything, but I'd make sure to wash my hands about 10 times afterwards! Oh, the things we do for our pets, huh?
@ersmommy1 (12607)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Umm, yuck! Sorry you had to do that. Luckily, as yet I haven't had to do that. Then again my dog is a whippet/lab mix. Her hair is very short. So it isn't a problem. I would probably just hose her butt.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Yeah, I thought that would be the easiest and least yucky way to go about it. It doesn't happen often, but whew! When it does... ewwwww! LOL
@littleowl (7157)
19 Dec 08
Hi MW I have two large dogs and keep it shaved in that area but once in a while it just so happens the same thing happens as with your little ones, only I cant bath them so just take them on the patio and cut the offending fur off...its the only way I can deal with it..hugs littleowl
• United States
7 Dec 08
lucky my dog doesnt have fur really back there where i have to cut her hair but i have had to clean her up a few times.. its gross but she looks more freaked out than me
@TheCatLady (4697)
• Israel
5 Dec 08
It's no big deal. I just use a baby wipe. If it a lot they get a bath. I use my hand after most is off and shampoo it up and wash it off. It's only poop. OK it's yucky and stinky, but no big deal.