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Old 09-23-2010, 03:50 PM
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Dog with 'pooping' problems.

Ok, This is going to be TMI, I really do not want any bad or nasty comments, I am asking this as I am a worried pet owner.

So My female dog who is now 11/12 and is a terrier is having poop problem. I just noticed it today. The poop is all stuck around her bum area.
There is also a vet strong unusual smell from it.

I am wondering what this is?

She is quite healthy for age. She has gotton a mini stroke a few months back, we brought her to the vet and he just gave her tablets and he said she does seem quite healthy. She doesn't have any other problems though.

Please, proper answers, what could this be and what must be done?
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:58 PM
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She needs to be groomed around her sanitary areas it sounds like to me. She could be having some soft stools causing it to get stuck in her hair. I recommend a vet visit as at that age things can go awry quickly, so you want to make sure she is healthy in case this is happening while she sleeps.

Also how long has this been going on? Do you see her go potty daily?

Edit; you said you just noticed today, is it possible this has been stuck on her for some time? If it really smells bad I'd get her to a vet sooner than later as there could be an infection
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:01 PM
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This has just happened today, yes shes fine going potty other wise..
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I just edited my above comment at the end.

If it smells horrible and you don't think its possible its been like that for days call your vet and get her in
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Nope, shes indoor, for sure it was just today.
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Then I would get her seen by a vet to make sure there is nothing wrong, they can even clean and shave her sanitary areas
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This post will have to be a bit graphic.... so strong stomachs recommended. Sorry, I don't know how to say these things without evoking some unpleasant images!

It sounds like pup has been having some fairly soft poo and its gotten stuck on her fur for starters.

In addition, it could be that her anal glands need to be expressed... if they are impacted. Its one of the most horrible smells you'll ever experience! If the glands are over-full, sometimes they start to leak a little and the secretions will be on her fur and smell nasty. Its a different sort of smell from just poo.

Impacted anal glands can sometimes happen if the poo is too soft. Harder poo expresses a little anal gland secretions each time they go potty. That is what is supposed to happen naturally, but its not at all uncommon for dog poo, particularly on a kibble diet, not to be firm enough for this natural process to occur.

Also, older dogs generally can get more troubles with their digestive systems, particularly if they are less active than they used to be. Exercise keeps things movin' through!

As per Paws' suggestions, a cleaning up is in order. If you are willing to do this yourself, use nice warm water and a sponge or wash cloth and a gentle shampoo. Take your time and allow the water to soften everything up so it will gently rinse off. Once you have things cleaned up, you may be able to sort out what is going on. Anal gland secretions can range from whitish, to yellow to darker yellow and can be either watery, or thicker more towards a mustardy consistency. If you notice any goup along these lines, you will know what you are seeing.

One thing to be aware of is that the anal glands, when impacted, can also get infected, in which case a course of antibiotics is often in order. Signs of infection include very thick secretions, tenderness, redness and swelling around the poo - hole (is that OK to say? LOL!) Of course you should take her to the vet if you have the least concern along these lines.

The vet can express the anal glands, and also teach you how to do this yourself, if indeed it is something that has to be done regularly. We had an English Setter that needed this to be done about every two weeks, so being able to do it ourselves was a great time/money saver.

So that's a lot of information about anal gland problems. I cannot be sure that is part of her problems, but it might be worth investigating, as what you said about smell is a big clue. A vet or groomer will be able to put hands on the dog and tell for sure.

Let us know what you find out!

PS. I also just want to add that its important to find out why she's been having extra soft poo in the first place. It could be she just ate something weird, or it could be an illness. Cleary a vet visit is in order if her poo has not returned to normal. Take a sample with you, in a baggy! LOL!

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If it is anal glands then it most likely burst...if she sensitive when you touch her around the dirty spots?
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I'd take a fecal, and if it comes back ok...do an xray...bet ten bucks her bowel is inflamed.
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UPDATE:

She is really constipated, I think she also has worms, could that be doing it or would it be more serious? If you think her bowl is inflammed, what does that mean? What would we/the vet do?

She hasn't seen a vet yet, sadly. Our vet isn't working today only for emergencies. There is another vet 15mins away but it doesnt open untill 3pm and it is now 11am.
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