If you are anything like me, you probably love a long-haired dog, maybe even one that has a double coat. You know, like the Pomeranian or the German Spitz. I have had this thing about them since childhood. To me a dog is not a dog without a profuse coat.
However, it does bring certain… disadvantages, I could say. I know that the topic of this article may sound a bit gross, but as a dog owner you will soon get used to talking about poop: what it was like, how many times it came and above all, if any of it got stuck in the dog’s fur.
Whenever you have a long-haired dog there is a chance that you fill find poop in your dog’s fur. It’s disgusting, but it also isn’t normal. Whenever this unfortunate circumstance takes place there is nearly always something wrong with either your dog’s diet or his digestion. Normal poop should not cause any problems.
Now, let’s go through the key factors to getting help for both you and your little Pomeranian/German Spitz. What can you do to prevent this from happening and what should you do in case this happens regardless?
High quality diet is the key
First and foremost, it’s all about the diet. If you give your dog proper food that is of high quality the poop should remain normal and therefore, the fur should be kept clean.
There is not a specific rule to what you should feed your dog, because it is a personal choice. What goes well with your neighbor’s Pomeranian may not suit yours. Once you do find a brand that is a) approved by a veterinarian b) of high quality and c) is one that suits your dog’s needs, there is no reason to switch.
Pomeranians and German Spitzes tend to have sensitive stomachs which unfortunately means that sometimes even a tiny amount of something they are not used may upset their tummies. For example, you may feed your dog great kibbles but then your niece comes over and gives your dog a cookie. In the worst case scenario, you will only notice this when you take your dog out for a walk: there’s loose stool all over his fur.
If this is the case, you should keep the extras to the minimum. I won’t say you cannot give any treats to your dog but find the ones that suit him and stick with those. It’ll make your lives so much easier.
Consult your veterinarian
As I’ve said, it is not normal that you will find poop in your dog’s fur after walking them. A couple of times per year may still be fine but in case it keeps happening on a weekly basis it would be the right time to consult your veterinarian. Pooping in any normal circumstances should not involve wiping, even with a dog that is long-haired/double-coated.
There could be all kinds of digestive issues – some more serious than others – and a veterinarian is able to give you specific instructions on how to feed your dog. There could also be parasites (remember to deworm your dog on a regular basis!).
Next, we are going to see how you can keep your dog clean. However, you should always get to the root cause first. Cleaning your dog is only about helping with the symptoms. The most important thing is to prevent this from happening in the first place.
How to clean your German Spitz’s bottom? Tips and advice
With a long-haired dog it might be a good idea to trim the hairs around the anus.
Both Pomeranians and German Spitzes are dogs whose furs should not be touched. Ideally, German Spitzes should not be trimmed at all if you want to take them to dog shows, while Pomeranians are allowed to be trimmed the tiniest amount just to make them look neat. However, if dog shows are not on your list of priorities, there is nothing wrong with doing a little trimming. Once the dogs’ hairs near their derrier are a little shorter, it will be easier to keep them clean.
In case you are walking your dog in a neighborhood other than you own and you have arrived there by car, it is a good idea to pack a towel and a bottle of water and to keep them in your vehicle. This way, it will be easy for you to clean your dog before you let him enter your car. This way, there will also be a lot less mess. Of course, if you are walking around your home area, the first thing for you to do once you get back is to guide your dog to the bathroom to get a shower.
Showering, in general, is a good idea. Once you do it right away before the poop dries up and gets stuck, you will not need any shampoo. All you need is a quick shower of a few seconds and you are done. Dry with a towel and let your Pomeranian/German Spitz run around for a bit to let the excess energy out.
Diarrhea and the case of the anal glands
A little heads up about dog diarrhea and their anal glands!
There are little glands located on either side of the dog’s anus. They are sometimes called anal sacs or even scent glands. They contain fluid that is normally released while your dog is pooping and the smelly fluid is your dog’s calling card; they give lots of information to other dogs (and that is way your dog is interested in smelling other dogs’ feces).
However, sometimes it happens that that the fluid does not empty in a normal way and the glands become infected. This is often the case when your dog gets diarrhea.
It is a painful condition that requires treatment. The sacs need to be emptied (by hand – veterinarians do it, but if you know how, you can do it yourself, too). If it gets really bad, your dog will need antibiotics, too.
If you notice any abnormal behavior from your dog such as dragging the rear, biting the area around the base of the tail, or any kind of pain around there, and especially if your dog has had diarrhea recently, it might be that your dog’s anal glands have become infected. Please, keep this in mind.
First thing first: if your precious Pomeranian or German Spitz keeps getting loose stools or anything else that makes the poop get stuck in the fur, there is a problem. There is something wrong with his overall health and/or digestion and it is time to consult a veterinarian. It will probably be a good idea to switch to another diet, but your veterinarian can help with this, too.
Everything else is simply cosmetics. You can try to wipe your dog’s behind, trim the hairs and give him showers, but it is more important to get the dog’s health back on track first.
I know from experience that it can sometimes be tricky when you are not sure if it’s about the diet (and if it is, what you should feed them) or about some other health issue.
But I also know that having to wipe a dog is not normal. A healthy, happy dog is also a clean dog. German Spitzes need to be bathed 2 – 4 times per year. They are and should be, easy dogs in that sense.