In this video tutorial, we are going to show you how to do a maintenance groom sanitary trim. The focus area is around the bum and tail, and we will be using clippers.

Chloe had been growing her hair out for about three to four months. As you can see in the video, her hair was quite long and shaggy. When I turned her around and lifted up her tail you could see that it was a problem area.

It’s important to keep the sanitary area maintained because if there’s a lot of hair there, it is easy for poop to get caught in the hairs surrounding the bumhole.

Before the Trim

The first thing you’ll want to do is brush out the hair around the area, including the hair that goes 2 or 3 inches up the underside of the tail. This is because we will be clipping that area, as well.

The Chris Christensen Big G Slicker Brush I’m using in the video is absolutely amazing. You can also watch my review video on this brush here.

This was actually the first time I used clipper combs, as well. I really wanted to use the combs to make this trim look more professional, but I will admit that I had pretty much no idea what I was doing! I used these Wahl Clipper Combs.

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How to Do a Sanitary Trim Yourself

I started with the #E clipper comb, which cuts hair down to one inch. 

I then switched it out for the #1 comb, which cuts down to 1/2 inch, and shaved with that on the inner portion of the sani area.

Finally, I switched it out for the #5 comb, which cuts down to 1/8 inch, and shaved with that on the very inner portion of the sani area.

Basically what I was trying to do was blend the hair using the different clipper combs. Like I said earlier, this was my first time ever using clipper combs, so honestly I was not super thrilled about the way it turned out.

BUT! It is just hair, and hair grows back. 🙂

And at least now she has a cleaner, more maintained behind.

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The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional groomer advice. Always seek the advice of your groomer, veterinarian, or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.