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Old 11-12-2012, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Not me obviously!
This happens occasionally to my Maltese and it is very distressing for him.The way I deal with it is to take him down to the beach , attached to a lead where he can float in the water.
At this juncture he is unable to struggle against my rubbing off the soon to be softened stools (the sea water dissolves them in less than a minute -if not instantaneously) that are stuck or woven into the hair below and around his anus.

Has any one else had to deal with this problem?

Perhaps you have figured out a better way of dealing with it-ideally stopping it happening in the first place .
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you keep the area trimmed? If it is free of hair, there is nothing to get stuck on.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks.Yes I had also thought of that.I get him groomed from time to time.Maybe it needs to be done more frequently.

Perhaps I should tell the groomer so that he crops that area more closely and more extensively.

Perhaps he is more prone to the problem than other Malteses.

Maybe he is getting to much cooked chicken in his diet - I think that a high level of carbohydrates as versus protein is recommended isn't it?

It couldn't be connected to the anal glands , could it?
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Kibble will firm up the stool, or pumpkin. So mine get a tiny bit of kibble in the AM (about 1/8th of a cup only). Anal gland problems cause them to scoot---so if he is doing that I would take him to the vet.
Another little trick is to put a little Cowboy magic on the hair in the back---just a tiny bit & it slides downward easier.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What is cowboy magic?
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My babies sometimes have this problem. Seems like the hair grows faster there and needs trimming before the rest of the pup. I solved this problem by buying a pair of used barber clippers (for $10) from the barber in our area. The still cut smooth and hardly any noise. Cut just a narrow path just wide enough to stop the sticking and they are good to go. Saves the daily butt bath--
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