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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    Have any of you used Tucks? Bella has a tight tail and most of the time there is no trouble with it. However she when she has a break through of SIBO (runs and wet gas) it gets to the point her bum gets real red and she is miserable. I am afraid to wipe it with a baby wipe that will just add moisture. @Pendragon mentioned Prep H pads would that help the same. Also do you have to wipe out the moisture after wards? or powder?

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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    @ Bella's Mom I dont use powder the witchhazel in the wipes drys it pretty quick...

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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    Maximus also has a tight tail, and it needs regular cleaning, or he will Scoot around the floor for hours on end. Even though it is tight, I can manage to get one finger up underneath it with a Baby wipe and clean out the dried out loose hairs under there which is causing the Itching. Tucks and Preparation-H wipes are for inflammation. I don't know whether they would really be good for red/raw sore areas. I don't use any Powder on Maximus.

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    Our breeder told us to use Lotrimin foot powder. It has a nice small nozzle on the end perfect for getting under a tail and the powder is a fungus killer so it's great for damp places. We were lucky with Belly her tail looks more like a little lightning bolt. Cassie before her had a terrible pocket tail that the vet always wanted to amputate.
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    ...This is why I already love the site, because so many people have already fought the issue...

    What do you do if he REALLY doesn't want you to mess with the "poop shoot" (who can blame him really)? I mean, he snaps at me every time and since he is a pretty powerful dog, it's really tough to restrain him. I can't get in there very well to do what needs to be done, but I can't be having that either. Mine is a recent adoption of a 2 year old. What I was told the prev owner did was basically sit on him to keep him down. I'm just thinking that maybe there is a better way. I'm not trying to hijack the thread either, it just kinda fit!

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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    Maggie has NO tail at all, but when I feel under her little stub I can probably get my fingers under a good 1.5 inches .. so I'm guessing that's what people mean by a tail pocket?? Yes???


    Whatever it's called she's never had any problems. Our one and only concern is that there is a lot of loose hair back there .. the vet nurse tried to take maggies temp one day and grabbed her little tiny stub of a tail only to come back with a handful of hair. She then got all concerned and put it in her notes which I wasn't too happy about. At the time we knew no different and put it down to the fact that Maggie was stressed and didn't paticularly like something something stuck up her butt!!!! Now I know it's nothing because I can reach down and grab quite a lot of loose hair whenever.

    So should I be pulling/clearing out that loose hair on a regular basis ... otherwise I do nothing because there are no problems at all!!

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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    samson also has a corkscrew tail....what exactly is a tail pocket?

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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    We clean Barney's tail pocket with baby wipes every couple of days. The vet I work for also recommended using alcohol wipes, since it has a drying effect, b/c that area is usually moist.

    Very rarely do we have to actually wipe his bathroom hole, since the pocket (inverted corkscrew tail) is above it. I just shove my finger in there (covered by a baby wipe) and follow the spiral.

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    Oh dear! I never heard of any of this. I use baby wipes after every poo..but I don't know if Jake has a pocket..I don't think his tail is a corkscrew..used to be kinda..but not now. Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow? Yup..pocket hunting..always learning. Thanks guys


    I want to make this perfectly clear...I use the baby wipes on Jake!
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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    Tank has a deep tail pocket...when he is heavy it becomes deeper. So it is important to keep the weight off a dog that has these as well. Depends...if we're giving a bath...I let him sit in the warm water...and coat that area with shampoo and use a washrag and get up in the tail pocket by wrapping it around my index finger. Then...we rinse it well...then of course...make sure to dry well I use cotton pads to absorb the moisture from a bath and cleaning.

    Other times I dilute VET Solutions Surgical Scrub and Handwash. I use a bottle I got from the vet that has a nozzle top. But you can use say a picnic ketchup bottle just as easily. I warm it in the microwave...and then squirt it up under the tail toward the tail pocket. And use cotton pads to dry it. On hot days when his tail pocket can be more bothersome...or the other bulldog cleans it. I will use Pinxav and put a dab up under into his tail pocket. Then wipe the tail so I get any extra off. That stuff is AMAZING for diaper rash...And thus I use it on him.
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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    Very good info here..I appreciate it..and so does Jake!

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    Default Re: Questions about tail care.

    Becky, did you find Jake's tail pocket? LOL
    It should be somewhere around here:


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