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5 Ways To Manage “Poop Butt” In Long-Haired Dogs

There are many wonderful benefits to having a long-haired dog. They are fun to cuddle, many breeds shed less than their short-haired cousins, and with proper care and grooming they are exceptionally beautiful. The downside is that all that extra hair can act like Velcro, collecting leaves, dirt and, worst of all, poop. So should you wipe a dog’s bottom in this scenario?


Has your long-haired dog ever fallen victim to the dreaded “poop butt”? If so, read on for tips and tricks to help you prevent and manage this problem.

1. Keep hair neatly trimmed

Wipe your Pomeranian dog's bottom

Whether you prefer your dog’s hair long and silky or cut short in a “puppy cut,” grooming is essential to prevent fecal matting. According to the AKC, dogs need grooming about once a month, depending on breed, hair length and coat type.

If you go to a dog groomer, ask him to do a thorough trimming around the anus, hind legs and under the tail. Many people also request a short trim around the penis or vulva. This prevents urine stains and reduces the chance of stool infiltrating the urinary tract and causing an infection. This type of hygienic trim is often called a ‘potty patch’.

Home care such as brushing, bathing and spot cleaning are essential for dog parents of long-haired dogs. However, unless you have training and experience as a groomer, grooming should be left to professionals.


2. Feed a high-quality, fiber-rich diet

Long-haired dog outside

Soft, loose feces are much more likely to get stuck in your dog’s hair than firm, well-formed feces. For dogs that do not have intestinal problems, a consistent, high-quality diet should be sufficient to achieve healthy bowel movements.

Whether you prefer commercial dog food, home-cooked meals, or a raw diet, make sure your pup gets all the essential nutrients he needs. Also make sure they get enough fiber.


Tip: Adding a probiotic+prebiotic can do wonders to help your dog’s poop solidify.

3. Consult your vet

Fluffy dogs outside

Matted poop in the hair around a dog’s anus is so common that there is even a veterinary term for it: pseudocoprostasis. If left untreated, it can become much more than just a hygiene problem. The combination of feces and hair can completely clog the rectum, making it impossible for your dog to defecate. Knowing this will make wiping your dog’s bottom a little less terrifying.


“Not being able to urinate is a big problem,” says Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, staff physician at the Animal Medical Center of New York, “and your dog may vomit, stop eating, or even develop diaper rash under the matted fur and feces. ”

If your dog suffers from chronically soft stools, constipation or fecal impactions, consult your veterinarian. They will perform laboratory tests to determine if your pup has parasites, an infection, or a chronic condition such as inflammatory bowel disease. Your vet can also help you create a healthy diet plan.

4. Keep wipes on hand for quick cleanup

Long-haired Shih Tzu


Unfortunately, a little poop is likely to get into your long-haired dog’s coat every now and then. By cleaning it up quickly while the stool is still moist and loose, you prevent a small problem from turning into a much larger problem.

Moist grooming wipes are gentle on your dog’s skin and help deodorize the hair during cleaning.

5. Use waterless shampoo between baths

Sheepdog goes for a walk


Waterless shampoos are a great way to clean your dog’s fanny pack between washes. Too much bathing can dry out your dog’s skin and make the hair dull and lifeless. Waterless shampoos remove feces and leave your dog fresh and clean without the ordeal of a full bath.

Of course, you should always wipe your dog’s bottom if it gets dirty. Still, these tips can help you better avoid the unfortunate “poop butt.” Your dog will thank you for it in the long run.

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