How to Clean a Puppy's Mouth After Eating Poop

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5 - 10 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Sammy is a 16-week old puppy. Sammy likes to take everything in her mouth. After all, it might taste good. One day on a walk Sammy comes across another dog's leavings, and while her owner is distracted, Sammy has the poop in her mouth in a flash. Sammy’s owner scolds her and she immediately drops the poop, startled and confused, as to why poop eating is not allowed! 

Now Sammy's owner, who is rightly disgusted, needs to clean Sammy's mouth before returning her to free run of the house where her children will soon be home from school. The children love Sammy, play with her constantly, and Sammy loves to show her affection by giving kisses. Sammy's mistress is not OK with her having a poopy mouth when she licks the kids!

Dog's Perspective

Dogs eat poop sometimes, nobody really knows why. Where puppies are concerned, it may just be simple curiosity and investigation, trial and error, to see what tastes good. Whether it is another dogs poop, cow or horse poop, or the ever popular cat poop, you are going to want to clean your pup's mouth after he eats poop. Your puppy, on the other hand, may not be too cooperative. After all, he probably just got reprimanded and yelled at, and he is excited and not sure why you are reaching a wet funny tasting cloth into his mouth!

Caution & Considerations

  • People's mouthwash is not appropriate for dogs and can be toxic.
  • Do not gag your puppy by inserting your finger or a toothbrush too far into their mouth.
  • Use dog toothpaste, not people toothpaste, which can contain harmful ingredients.
  • If you get your puppy used to having his teeth brushed beforehand, it will be easier to use this method for cleaning his teeth when he gets into something foul.

Conclusion

A puppy with a poopy mouth is pretty yucky to have running around your home, licking your children and mouthing, well, whatever your puppy mouths, which probably everything, since he is in the puppy stage. You will want to clean his mouth for your peace of mind. Brushing teeth or wiping his mouth out with a cloth works well and will certainly make you feel better. Remember, however, that your dog's saliva is a natural cleaner that will break down germs and remove them from the mouth. Giving your puppy water, food, and chew toys or dental chews that make lots of saliva will go along way towards disseminating germs. Remember, dogs eat poop and your dog was designed with a self-cleaning system to handle that!

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Grooming Questions & Answers

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Lily
chug
3 Years
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Lily
chug
3 Years

My pooch decided to climb in a bush and when I went to see what was happening she was eating fox poo. The runny kind. It was too late and I have OCD and part is to do with poo. Dog poo triggers me. So I am very funny about going near her mouth right now. It has been some hours will the poo still be in her mouth and the germs be around her mouth? She keeps trying to lick my hand and I keep having to yank my hand away because I don’t want her to spread the poop. I’ve already checked with people and she is fine in terms of the poo not affecting her. Thank you

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Nala
Pit bull
1 Year
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Nala
Pit bull
1 Year

Earlier today my dog ate a piece of poop right after it came out her other end. After I saw she had ate the poop I gave her some water(no food though because i had just fed her before she ate the poop), and that was all. Will the water do an effective job at cleaning out her mouth, or will it do little to nothing. She also licked her snout right after she swallowed the poop, is this spreading it around her face, or is it just cleaning her face off

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, now is the perfect time to start introducing Nala to teeth brushing. Of course, you will encourage her not to eat the poop - and if she continues, take her to the vet. Eating poop consistently can be a sign of deficiency. In other cases, dogs grow out of the habit. Licking her snout is most likely cleaning her face. Take a look at this guide on brushing the teeth, a practice that will save you in dental bills as the years pass. Here you go:https://wagwalking.com/grooming/brush-a-stubborn-dogs-teeth and https://wagwalking.com/grooming/brush-a-dogs-teeth-with-toothpaste. NEVER use human toothpaste on a dog- it's toxic. Use a dog-safe product only, purchased from the vet or reputable pet supply store. Good luck!

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Alfie
Cocker Spaniel mix Beagle
13 Weeks
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Alfie
Cocker Spaniel mix Beagle
13 Weeks

My dog ate poop and I don’t know how to clean his mouth. I am having trouble with Potty training, please give me some advice.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question. Alfie looks like a cute and clever guy, so don't worry he'll catch on to the potty training. This guide has excellent suggestions and some great information from a trainer at the bottom of the page. Take a look for helpful advice! https://wagwalking.com/training/go-potty As for cleaning Alfie's mouth, now is a good time to get him used to brushing his teeth. Use a dog-safe toothpaste (never human toothpaste as it can be toxic) and a small toothbrush to gently clean his teeth. Starting when he is young is a good idea! Here are instructions. https://wagwalking.com/grooming/brush-a-stubborn-dogs-teeth Good luck!

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