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post #1 of 73 (permalink) Old 03-27-2011, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well, Bailey finally got his bath. He really stunk and I thought he had peed on himself so I didn't think much of it since I knew he was getting a bath. I have to start by saying I have never felt more like a total failure than I do at this moment.

When I lifted Bailey to put him in the sink I felt a couple of clumps under him and thought it was just some stuff that got caught in his fur. It wouldn't have been the first time. He had a very thick, wavy, cottony coat and always takes more grooming than the others.

I should also say that before money became very tight, I used to take them all to the groomers about once a month or every six weeks at the most. But that stopped months ago. Well, back to the bath. I put him in the warm water and soaped him up four separate times to make sure he was really clean. I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed again before putting his remoisturizer on. When I went to wash his underside, there was something really hard hanging from him. It looked a little like a turd stuck to his hair. I thought I'd either soften it up and wash it off, or I'd cut it out.

When I went to lift him to get a better look at it I became terrified. Whatever it was was attached to, or part of his penis. This absolute panic came over me. Again, it looked like hardened poop. I put him back in the sink and soaked that area for at least twenty minutes. It didn't get any softer. When I lifted him on the counter to groom and dry him I tried to see if I could remove it without cutting him. I started to work on it painfully slowly cutting no more than a couple of hairs at a time but came to a point where I couldn't distinguish his penis from this thing. There also appeared to be dried blood on his penis. So now he has this thing partially attached, partially hanging till the morning, until I can get him to the vet.

Aside from being scared to death, I feel like a fool and as if I don't deserve to have these babies. I often check to see if he has anything attached to his hiney but I almost never look at his penis. I've had male dogs all my life and I've never seen anything like this before. I think it's going to be a long night.

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Geri, feel so bad for you. I'm trying to guess what it could be. Does it hurt him when you touched it.?

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Oh, Geri, I know you will worry until the vet takes a look at it tomorrow! That is scary and I'm sorry I don't have any ideas but I will be praying that it will be something simple. Let us know as soon as you get home.

Don't feel bad - one time Abby had some much hair matted around her genitals I was terrified I was going to cut her as I tried to trim it away. I did learn a lesson that day, though! With these hairy little monsters it is so easy to miss something!

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Chances are ,it's an old turd hence the smell. Fingers crossed.

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Oh Geri you need a hug!!!! This could have happened to anyone. These hairy guys they can hide so much under all that hair. Yogi has tons of hair and I do not shave the stomach so I have to check to make sure he does not have matting form chewing and licking. Also him and Boo Boo both have a mutual interest in licking and chewing each other there!!!! I hope that everything is fine with Bailey. Hugs.

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That sounds very strange do you have strong glasses to take a real close look? I have never had a male dog I hope someone else can help tonight so you will not worrie

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Dave, I put pressure on it at first, thinking it was dried turd on his hair but he squealed as if I hurt him. The dried blood scared me. I don't know how long it's been there. It really looks as if he lay down on a turd and it stuck to his penis, but maybe it's something more nefarious. It didn't degrade or fall apart in any way when I had him in the warm water for 45 minutes. Scariest thing I've ever seen.

Kathie, I will be terrified till the vet can look at it. I also feel like such a fool.

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I certainly understand the 'waiting for the vet' anxiety. You are an excellent doggie mommy and like everyone else has said, these kinds of things can happen.

I have never had a male dog but I do have two male hedgehogs and I have to check their pp places daily--which are kindof in the middle of their belly and their penis's are tucked away like a female. But because of this, bedding can get stuck during the tucking/untucking process and early on I found a piece of bedding stuck and looked like maybe some dried blood got on the bedding. I felt so bad but nobody had warned me about this nor was it mentioned in any book. I felt so horrible but he was fine and life moved on So I think it is really good that you are alerting everyone to this because there are a lot of new dog owners here, including me, and we need to know what to be looking for.

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OMG I would be as terrified as you. I hope is not serious. Good luck tomorrow and keep us posted. Praying for you.


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I'll be thinking of you all night, Geri.

We know Bailey hasn't been in pain, because you surely would have known. So you're not guilty of anything but giving him a bath and groom. My gut says it just weird stuff stuck to him!

I certainly understand your fear, though....the unknown is always the worst you can imagine.


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