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.