Can You Cut A Female Dog’s Pee Hair?

Grooming is an essential component of pet care – regardless of the breed of dog you have. 

In many cases, it can help prevent matting and bacterial infections. If you own a female dog, you might be curious if you can safely trim around their genital area, as you don’t want to hurt your pet! 

Can you cut a female dog’s pee hair? 

Yes. As a responsible dog owner, you must maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of your furry companion. This includes performing a sanitary trim around female dogs’ private areas to prevent yeast infections, reduce dirt and debris, eliminate unpleasant odors, and ensure they don’t get any bacterial infections. 

However, you need to ensure you do it with proper care and guidance to avoid inflicting any pain or discomfort on your dog. The most important thing when trimming around such a sensitive area is that you take your time and are cautious to prevent any injury that might result from the sudden movement of the dog. If you’re ever unsure of yourself, you should seek the guidance of a professional groomer. 

Let us better explain how to keep your beloved pet clean while ensuring their comfort through the fairly straightforward process of sanitary trim.

What Is a Sanitary Trim for Female Dogs?

What is a sanitary trim female dog

A sanitary trim is simply a haircut that involves trimming the hair around your dog’s private parts – including the vulva and anus. 

Female dogs, like all other dogs, have hair (or fur) around their genitals. Pet owners can either leave the hair in place or trim it for sanitary reasons. Of course, when a female dog pees, urine, and other debris can get stuck in the surrounding hair. This can lead to an unpleasant odor, matted fur, and far worse – bacterial infection. 

To ensure this doesn’t happen, many owners choose to trim their dog’s pee hair themselves, without a trip to the groomer. This allows urine to more freely pass away from the body, without getting trapped in any localized hair. 

However, the genital area of all dogs is sensitive, and the hair around that region needs to be cut very slowly and carefully. Caution needs to be exercised by you or the designated groomer. Clippers might fare better for larger breeds, while scissors are ideal for smaller toy breeds.

How to Do a Sanitary Trim on a Female Dog

When trimming your female dog’s pee hair, you must optimize her feelings of comfort and safety throughout the process.

To avoid causing any discomfort or injury while performing a sanitary trim, use professional scissors specifically designed for pet grooming. These scissors have rounded tips that reduce the risk of accidentally nicking your dog’s skin. 

Additionally, be sure to hold your dog securely but gently during the trimming process so she feels safe and comfortable. To maintain proper hygiene without risking irritation from blades rubbing against skin directly, always leave some length behind when cutting your female dog’s pee hair. 

A good rule of thumb is to trim only long enough so that urine does not get caught in their fur but still provides adequate coverage over their private area.

Our step-by-step process on how to do a sanitary trim on a female dog:

  • Select a quiet, well-lit area for trimming.
  • Use treats or toys as positive reinforcement during the process.
  • Gently trim the hair away from the body: using scissors, trim the hair around the vulva. Be careful not to cut too close to the skin.
  • Throughout the cut, monitor your dog for any signs of discomfort or stress. If they seem uncomfortable, take a break.

The video below shows you how to do a sanitary trim on a female Goldendoodle. But it’s also applicable to any long haired dog.


Overall, a sanitary trim for female dogs is a standard component of their grooming routine. If you have a female dog, it might be a good idea to have them groomed before they go into heat. It’s a lot easier to keep the area clean without the excess hair.

Generally, grooming this area also helps to prevent bacterial infection, matting, and unpleasant odor that may arise from urine trapped in localized hair. 

When performing a sanitary trim, ensure you use the proper tools and techniques based on coat thickness. Maintaining cleanliness before and after completing any grooming is also crucial. Wash equipment between uses and educate yourself on the correct technique, as outlined above. Always go slow, and make sure your dog is comfortable and relaxed. 

A male dog may also need a sanitary trim (on long-haired breeds such as Golden Retrievers), but almost all female dogs benefit from a potty cut.