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Rear end irritation

Postby slough » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:43 am

My 3 year old lab seems to have something irritating his rear quarter. Nothing that I can see but when he's laying around the house he has been constantly grabbing at it with his mouth the last few days. He seems bothered, to the point he runs to the basement and lays in his kennel whereas normally he won't leave the room I'm in for more than a minute or two. No limping or discomfort when I rub him back there. Have never seen this before and just concerned. Trip to the vet recommended?
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Medic4049 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:45 am

Any thinning hair? The swamp collie I used to have would get hot spots. The vet would let me just run by and pick up a solution to pour on it twice a day and it would go away.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby slough » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:26 am

Not that I can see.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Dawnsearlylight » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:30 am

Anal glands? Something biting him (ants, fleas, etc.)? Do you see any discharge or skin irritation?
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby slough » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:46 am

I don't see any irritation or discharge, so I was kind of thinking insects. He seems to bite at the tail area the most.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Dawnsearlylight » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:21 am

slough wrote:I don't see any irritation or discharge, so I was kind of thinking insects. He seems to bite at the tail area the most.


Fleas' favorite hangout. If you can't find bugs, check the anal glands.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Medic4049 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:30 pm

If you think it is insect related you can put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a quart of water. This changes the skins pH enough to keep most biting insects away. Or use on of the One Spot style treatments.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:51 am

Medic4049 wrote:If you think it is insect related you can put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a quart of water. This changes the skins pH enough to keep most biting insects away. Or use on of the One Spot style treatments.

:huh: to be drunk? or washed with? :huh:
fennel rubbed on the coat helps keep insects away too, just grab a handfull of plant and rub it on.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby slough » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:27 am

Thought I'd update: Brought him to the vet...they couldn't see any signs of insects. Allergies was the guess...put him on a steroid yesterday...no improvement yet.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Medic4049 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:09 pm

The vinegar in the water is for them to drink. I just add a lil in their water bucket.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby Dawnsearlylight » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:34 am

slough wrote:Thought I'd update: Brought him to the vet...they couldn't see any signs of insects. Allergies was the guess...put him on a steroid yesterday...no improvement yet.



What does "couldn't see any signs of insects" mean? Critters like fleas are only on the dog 10% of the time.

You don't say whether or not the vet checked anal glands as I suggested. I just had the exact same thing you describe happen with my male, and the side he was biting at wasn't even the side with the problem (was biting at left side, right gland was impacted)! Allergies don't generally present the way you describe, and you should have seen improvement pretty quickly with steroids. I would be pretty unhappy with a vet who put a dog on steroids as a first choice in the situation you describe, but then I have a real problem with steroid use so maybe it's just me.
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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby slough » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:09 am

I apologize for kind of forgetting about this thread; I don't follow this forum much.

I guess what was meant by not seeing signs of insects is that the vet didn't notice signs of bites on the skin. He did not check the anal glands as far as I know. The steroid regimen didn't seem to help much. The nagging around the base of the tail went away in time but he still seems to have some sort of itch. I've tried switching foods (PPP to taste of the wild) which didn't help and have kept my house clean. I thought that winter would maybe take care of it, but it hasn't. I'm going to post a video of what he is doing. It doesn't keep him up at night but it does seem to bother him from time to time during the day. Could it just be in his head? Thanks for any insight. The middle 30 seconds of this video doesn't have much, so you may want to skip it.

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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby copterdoc » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:52 am

Looks to me like your dog is having Fly Biting Seizures.

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Re: Rear end irritation

Postby slough » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:39 pm

Interesting, that does kind of sound like what he is doing. I'll have to read up. Thanks for the lead.
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