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    Default There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    Well, I took both pups for a well puppy check up that I got complimentary from the AKC for registering. I was really happy with the vet that checked them. It's their second vet visit, first one when I just got them, nothing was noted as abnormal. Well, this time, the vet checked them head to paws.. listened to their heart/lungs for a long time, checked their eyes, teeth, ears, legs, EVERYTHING and it was free! I was pretty impressed, I got to write the AKC and tell them.. anyways, she is really concerned about Aldo's little tail. It is a little screw tail, very very small and the bone twists into his butt. She says I got to really go in there and clean it because if he gets moisture infection or yeast it will be VERY VERY hard to treat since there is no air flow to the area. she also pointed out that it was so small that there is not a whole lot they can crop off if they needed to.. so I;m a little worried about this, I tried cleaning it with baby wipes, I have to push the rectum to the side and really push his butt in to be able to stick the wipe in there.. it hurts him to and he runs from me when I approach him with baby wipes
    Have any of your dogs had this problem? I feel so bad for him that I have to do that every day, will he get used to it? I also clean his face,and he hates that too, but at least he doesn't cry

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    Hi!! I think you might be doing it a little forcefull, it should not hurt him when you clean that area. Try cleaning just the surface of his rectum and drying it fully. I put some goldbond powder on Mocha's after drying the area. Mocha also runs away from me whenever she sees wipes on my hands!! She also runs and hides under the dinning room table when I say tubby time!!!! Anyways, dont worry too much, Mocha's tail is like that and I just make sure its kept clean and dry and you should have no problems with it. If he doesnt have a problem when he goes poopoo, and he can lift his tail dont worry.
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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    @LisaMarie thank you! His rectum is uncovered, the tail screws right onto the side of it and into the pocket, it's a little hard to explain.. the only way I can get under the little tail is by moving the rectum a little to the side, so the wipe will fit under it.. I don't think I've ever seen his lift his tail, it's like it's screwed into that pocket.. but he can definitely go potty cuz it's to the side.. I might be trying to hard though I'll try to be a little gentler tomorrow.. poor thing

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    And make sure you have something on the baby wipe that will dry it out, moisture from with wipe itself will cause yeast growth. Like some witch hazel (would feel soothing to the bum area too I would think) squirted on your wipe, or some Mal-a-cetic Otic.

    Yes it is important that you check it regularly- just to be sure there is no issues. Sounds like maybe there is a tail pocket in there possibly?

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    @desertskybulldogs how about using a baby wipe then doing the same thing with a dry gauze? will that work? yeah, I think there's a tail pocket, it's definitely embedded, I mean, not to where there's skin attached, but it's not freely moveable like my other bulldogs tail..

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    It will be easier for you to only do the wipe and not worry about drying it too. If you use witch hazel squirted on your wipe, it is an astringent therefore it has drying agents in it. It's also super cheap and can be bought at your local drug store.

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    When BabyGir was a puppy vet told me she had a tight screwtail. The older she got it seemed like the tail was sinking in but it was actually her growing around it. As much as I clean it with wipes the only way to really get it clean enough is to put her in the tub. I have a dog bath tub in the garage and I have a hose attached to my washing machine water lines so I can use warm water. I use malaket shampoo and I carefully try to get some lather in around in that deep pocket of her tail (you might have to put your finger in there to reach the deep recesses where all the irritating substance is) leave the lather in it for 10-15 minutes - rinse very well - then get cotton balls or Q-tips (if it is really tight) and gently go in an around till you feel you've got most of the water out. As suggested by someone on the forum, I purchased some empty mustard and ketchup squeeze bottles and put some Gold Bond powder in one. If the tip is too small you can cut it till you see the powder comes out easily with a squeeze. I gently put the tip in and around her tail pocket and give it a squeeze untill I fill every nook and cranny of her tail with powder. She's good for at least four days because the powder is absorbing the natural moisture that develops. If I don't keep this up her tail pocket can easily get infected and swell up. Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    @desertskybulldogs I will get the witch hazel monday and try that! thank you

    @Fontanafox that's an awesome idea too! where did you find the empty ketchup bottles? I haven't seen them empty before? this sounds like a good option for Aldo too, since his is also a very tight screw tail, thank you.. I have been putting desitin on there, but I think the powder will work better for him nd that's a good idea with the squeeze bottle.. poor pup :S

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    if you cant find a ketchup bottle you can look in the car dept for similar bottles, or even an empty (not used) hair dye bottle. Anything that shape will work. I have seen those ketchup bottles at Walmart before.

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    @acarabias...Regarding the empty ketchup/mustard bottles. Do you have a store called Big Lots? I found them there. Sometimes they have them in the kitchen accessories aisle in the market. You might be able to find them in Bed, Bath and Beyond store. Do you have any kitchen specialty stores in your area? Just Google "squeeze bottles" they are pretty cheap.
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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    @Fontanafox I do have a big lots near my home, I'll go take a look on Monday, thank u

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    Default Re: There's something wrong with ALDO's tail :(

    @acarabias lotrimin powder works also and it has a spout already on the bottle for easy application to a tail pocket and is for yeast also. just another suggestion although you have gotten some good ones already.

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