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    We are getting a tail amputation done on our girl this coming Thursday. So the vet has had her on Baytril, Clavamox and an antiseptic skin wash until the surgery.

    I love this cleanser. He charged me 30 for it but you can get it online for 15. There's also a stronger version that i got at Target - in the pharmacy section since it's a good cleanser. It's called Hibiclens and the active ingredient is Chlorhexidine Gluconate. The stuff the vet sold me is a solution of point 25 but the stuff from Target is 4 per cent. I mixed them together.

    It's the first time i haven't been able to smell her pocket unless i'm right up in it (sorry for the visual)

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    Hope all goes well with the surgery. Do they completely remove all of the tail? My bulldog BabyGirl has a swirly tail that seems to have sunk into her body and is causing her discomfort. I keep it clean but it is very tight and I feel bad for her and it looks like a tail amputation might be her only relief. Thanks for the info on the cleanser and I'll be sure to check my local Target. Please update us on the surgery. Thank You.


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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdogz View Post
    We are getting a tail amputation done on our girl this coming Thursday. So the vet has had her on Baytril, Clavamox and an antiseptic skin wash until the surgery.

    I love this cleanser. He charged me 30 for it but you can get it online for 15. There's also a stronger version that i got at Target - in the pharmacy section since it's a good cleanser. It's called Hibiclens and the active ingredient is Chlorhexidine Gluconate. The stuff the vet sold me is a solution of point 25 but the stuff from Target is 4 per cent. I mixed them together.

    It's the first time i haven't been able to smell her pocket unless i'm right up in it (sorry for the visual)



    So if I bought the stuff from Target ... what would I dilute it with if that's 4% and the vet wanted 0.25%??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    So if I bought the stuff from Target ... what would I dilute it with if that's 4% and the vet wanted 0.25%??
    Well, i think what i said is misleading - the point 25 cant be directly compared to the 4% i suspect. Or maybe it can but I'm sure you can use the Hibiclens directly without dilution. It does have a pink dye to it so that's something to consider. Maybe that's why it isn't suggested for routine cleaning of a pets' fur. Also, Not a product that's directly marketed to veterinarians. While the other product which is named Hexadene Flush is produced by or for Virbac Animal Health.

    Remember, vets are recommending products that their veterinary product salesmen are selling to them. Hibiclens is a cleanser probably marketed to human hospitals. I won't buy the Hexadene Flush anymore though - there's a lot of water in it and a great fragrance so you're probably paying for that. The Hibiclens is probably a much better solution - and it's not cheap.

    anyway, you can further research the product on hibiclens.com

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    Also, i apply the solution, wait a couple minutes then wipe out with warm water and then wipe dry so it's not a strong application no matter what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdogz View Post
    Well, i think what i said is misleading - the point 25 cant be directly compared to the 4% i suspect. Or maybe it can but I'm sure you can use the Hibiclens directly without dilution. It does have a pink dye to it so that's something to consider. Maybe that's why it isn't suggested for routine cleaning of a pets' fur. Also, Not a product that's directly marketed to veterinarians. While the other product which is named Hexadene Flush is produced by or for Virbac Animal Health.

    Remember, vets are recommending products that their veterinary product salesmen are selling to them. Hibiclens is a cleanser probably marketed to human hospitals. I won't buy the Hexadene Flush anymore though - there's a lot of water in it and a great fragrance so you're probably paying for that. The Hibiclens is probably a much better solution - and it's not cheap.

    anyway, you can further research the product on hibiclens.com

    Thanks for the info .. good to know. We're having some problems with Maggie's tail pocket ... first time in three years!!!! Looks slightly sore and defintiely smelly. So I'm cleaning it with peroxide, drying thoroughly and putting Neosporin on it for the moment. She has stopped her butt spins on the carpet since we discovered it yesterday, and really doesn't seem to be bothering her as much. But was definitely interested in a really good cleaner for that area if we are about to have problems in the future!

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    Fontana - i don't know exactly what they do really - i think i'm going to ask them to keep the part they removed so i can see it. I'm curious what exactly it will look like. My husband thinks that's gross - i think it's interesting. LOL

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    Is this something I should be watching for? Vinny doesnt have a tail ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullymommy2vinny View Post
    Is this something I should be watching for? Vinny doesnt have a tail ?
    Look just above the rectum for a cavity. In my case, the tail area looks odd - like a Cinnabun. His tail is still inside his skin. And the odor if not cleaned regulary, is nauseating. English Bulldogs should have tails of some sort.

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    I use Chlorhexidine wipes. Same thing only on a wipe other than a liquid cleaner. I also use it on their faces (Gypsy not so much) instead of the Mal-A-Ket wipes. LOVE THAT STUFF! Works on sooo many things including yeasty ropes and acne.

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    Do the tail pocket/tail issues (like, serious issues that call for amputation) generally become a problem as they age or is it common with all ages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wlw9x View Post
    Do the tail pocket/tail issues (like, serious issues that call for amputation) generally become a problem as they age or is it common with all ages?
    this is my first and only experience with a tail pocket and hopefully my last (can't afford it) but in my dogs' case i know the previous owners had her into the vet a year ago with a tail pocket abscess - they spent about 600 to help her. So i'm sure that this dog has had a problem since birth. I suspect they weren't cleaning it out well and often and it built up.

    She's 3 years old now - i've only had her for 6 weeks. I would think that a tail pocket is something that is pretty much there at birth.

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