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'Butt baths' - ick! Advice?

Sorry in advance for bringing up this not-so-nice subject...

I read something on here a while ago about 'butt baths'. I assume that is referring to what I have to do with Ceylon every other day or so nowadays - wash his behind area to remove all of the nasty stinky poopies that accumulate there. His fur is not even that long yet (he is 13 1/2 weeks old, and he is a fluff ball for sure, but his fur is only about 1 1/2 inches long so far at the longest, and even shorter, about 1 inch long, around his bottom...). And I check him often, especially after he goes poop, and try to clean up what I find immediately, but somehow he gets 'dingleberries' anyway. Is this pretty normal? I mean, I'd much rather spend 10 minutes washing his behind than have him sit on the couch with the stinkies on him (doh!), but I am now having to do it every other day or so, so I am wondering if this is pretty typical, or if his poopies are too soft, or what?

We've had him on the same diet (2/3 Orijin puppy formula, 1/3 Eukanuba small breed puppy formula) for 3 weeks now, with limited treats for training. I know I can get him a 'sanitary cut' at the groomers but I wouldn't think he would need it quite yet...

Is this normal? Or should his poops be not quite as soft (they aren't runny, like I said, but if you pick them up immediately they do sort of squish together). (Again, sorry for getting into this level of detail!!! But I wasn't expecting this many 'dingleberries' until his fur got a lot longer, for some reason...). Thanks! lol...
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Kodi's poops have almost always been well formed and rather firm as long as we have avoided beef. (we realized early on that he is sensitive to beef and it causes diarrhea) I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he has needed a butt bath.

It may be that you need to play around with his diet a bit to find something that works better for him. Just remember to make any food changes slowly or you are likely to have more trouble with loose poop instead of less!


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Kodi's poops have almost always been well formed and rather firm as long as we have avoided beef. (we realized early on that he is sensitive to beef and it causes diarrhea) I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he has needed a butt bath.

It may be that you need to play around with his diet a bit to find something that works better for him. Just remember to make any food changes slowly or you are likely to have more trouble with loose poop instead of less!
lol, of course (to the making the food changes slowly). What do you feed Kodi/what did you feed him as a puppy? I just checked, and nothing we feed Ceylon has any beef in it - mostly chicken, and some fish...
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I trim the excess hair away from Yogi and Boo's Hineys. Alot of people don't like that look (when you can see the pup's pooperholes), but I myself prefer that, as apposed to finding little stuck-on crusties all the time! My family members have cockers and boxers, so seeing a little pooperhole is commonplace in my life...HeeHeeHee! And I've even gotten compliments on what cute little puppybutts my dogs have! HaHaHaHa!!!!

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I trim the excess hair away from Yogi and Boo's Hineys. Alot of people don't like that look (when you can see the pup's pooperholes), but I myself prefer that, as apposed to finding little stuck-on crusties all the time! My family members have cockers and boxers, so seeing a little pooperhole is commonplace in my life...HeeHeeHee! And I've even gotten compliments on what cute little puppybutts my dogs have! HaHaHaHa!!!!
ROFL!!! OMG, you made me laugh!!!!! I am keeping open the option to 'show' Ceylon and maybe get a CH in front of his name, which means minimal trimming even (as far as I understand it) in the 'sanitary' area, so right now that is not an option for us, but that is SO cute and SO funny, the way you put it! I LOVE it!!!! Good for you!!
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Rolling myself, way too funny, love the lingo of the above posts. Wish there were forums like this when my kids were little.

Coach had one gooey one stuck in his butt fur last week, but most poops are pretty firm. Diet of Pro Plan Toy puppy food, that was what the breeder was feeding him so I kept with it. A few treats during the day when he poops on the pee pad, but no other food so pretty clean little behind. But like you I do look, after the klingon I worried about others...

Coach is only 10 weeks, but I feel like him and Ceylon hit the forum about the same time, isn't it wonderful... I LOVE MY PUPPY!!!!!
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Rolling myself, way too funny, love the lingo of the above posts. Wish there were forums like this when my kids were little.

Coach had one gooey one stuck in his butt fur last week, but most poops are pretty firm. Diet of Pro Plan Toy puppy food, that was what the breeder was feeding him so I kept with it. A few treats during the day when he poops on the pee pad, but no other food so pretty clean little behind. But like you I do look, after the klingon I worried about others...

Coach is only 10 weeks, but I feel like him and Ceylon hit the forum about the same time, isn't it wonderful... I LOVE MY PUPPY!!!!!
My daughter wanted to see/read what was keeping me away from helping her pick up the living room before bed, and I guess I showed her your earlier post about Coach where there was a soccer ball in the pic (now I can't remember where that pic was exactly, but apparently my daughter, who is a soccer player herself, remembers the pic very clearly lol), and she totally remembered Coach due to the soccer ball pic LOL! She was like, "Oh, Coach is SO CUTE! I LOVED that earlier pic of him with a soccer ball!!" LOL!!!

And btw, Cey didn't need regular butt baths until about two weeks or so ago... sigh...
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My guy needed quite regular butt baths earlier on. He was also on Orijen Puppy Food. This post has just jogged my memory, I cant exactly remember when I no longer needed the regular bathing, but am wondering if once we went on to the adult Orijen things "settled down". I am certainly not pointing the finger at the puppy food, but might be worth some consideration. I am feeding Boz 100% Orijen Adult food and am very happy with it.
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I think that butt baths are just a regular part of my job - isnt it??? With 4 there us at least one that needs one during the week. I keep a box of latex gloves available for the nasty job - it seems to make it "not that bad"
I for one don't like to see the "pooperhole" so sadly I have to put up with more baths

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