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Old 02-02-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Beesley is starting to look homeless. Seriously.

I can't afford to get him professionally groomed, since the prices linger around $45 here. I brush him constantly, but he hates it, and 3 seconds after I'm done he'll roll around on the carpet and mess his hair up again.

He also has the lingering stench of poop, but I don't want to give him too many baths, because I know his skin and ears get irritated.

How easy is it to trim him up myself? And I think...I may need to express his anal glands. D--come help me!
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Could be the long fur around his butt is getting dirty when he poops, especially if he has some diarrhea or has trouble squatting. You could trim the fur around his butt, as a groomer would do.
I've never expressed anal glands before! have always had the vet tech do it. Don't know if one should try this at home.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Could be the long fur around his butt is getting dirty when he poops, especially if he has some diarrhea or has trouble squatting. You could trim the fur around his butt, as a groomer would do.
I've never expressed anal glands before! have always had the vet tech do it. Don't know if one should try this at home.
I don't want to do it myself, but if I take him in to the vet, I have to pay $48...just for them to see him!
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Brushing: Have you tried the Furminator? Artie doesn't love being "handled" (by anyone except me) and he used to dislike being brushed (even by me) but he loooooves when I brush him with the Furminator. And it's fabulous!

Anal sacs: Um, I can't help you with that! My vet also charges something like that, maybe more, to walk in the door, but Artie's anal sac expressing is only $29. The vet tech does it; the vet never even sees him. Call your vet. Tell them that The Beeze needs a little anal sac work, and ask how much it will cost. I bet they'll tell you that the vet tech does it and it's much less than you expect.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Oh, and if he doesn't need a bath yet (I bathe Artie once per month), get some baby wet cloths and give Beeze a little rub down with those until it's bath time.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Do you have any self bathing/ grooming places around that also have a groomer on site? We have a great place and my friend that takes in the old and cancer ridden dogs got the groomer to show her how to groom some of the breeds she has taken in and she now can do the grooming like a pro. She taught her how to express anal glands too. Has saved tons of money by doing it herself and using the self wash places tools.

I agree about trimming the hair around his butt as Phoenix needs butt trims often as she just has too much hair so if left untrimmed poop does stick to it. Butt trims are easy to do.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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Beesley is starting to look homeless. Seriously.

I can't afford to get him professionally groomed, since the prices linger around $45 here. I brush him constantly, but he hates it, and 3 seconds after I'm done he'll roll around on the carpet and mess his hair up again.

He also has the lingering stench of poop, but I don't want to give him too many baths, because I know his skin and ears get irritated.


How easy is it to trim him up myself? And I think...I may need to express his anal glands. D--come help me!

Could you shell out the $45 to get him shaved? Not shaved bald, but a short haircut? Since you are in PHX, that might be an option. It should last a while, and it might then be easier to do maintenance cuts yourself.

Have you tried special oatmeal shampoo? Just keep it off his head

I don't know about trimming, but one of mine has the anal gland issues. I tried to express them myself once, it was the two of us, rubber gloves and a bunch of paper towels on the porch. We were both very uncomfortable with the situation and I wasn't successful. It was awful and just not for me. Sometimes we get it done at the vet, but there are groomers in the area who only charge about $10 to express as a "stand alone" service. Make sure he's getting enough fiber to help him express them on his own, too.

I also use baby wet wipes on my dogs. I get the unscented, senstive skin kind.
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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The vet tech should be able to give him what I call the Bloomer Trim. They shave around the anus and a bit down the inner legs so "pieces" don't get caught there. It may be that all he needs is a bum bath, not a whole bath?
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