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Old 11-04-2009, 11:24 PM
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Hello all. Long time browser first time poster. My chihuahua, Monte has not been acting right today. I came home from work and he seemed fine, he was jumping on me, running around and playing like normal. We went outside and for a little walk around the yard as we usually do and he seemed fine. He went to the bathroom and everything looked good. We came in for a while and I was going to leave and run an errand and just as I was ready to walk out the door he came walking up to me with his tail tucked between his legs and his head down and laid down next to me. I decided not to go and stay with him. He acted that way for a while. He did go and eat some food and drank some water. His grandpa came over and he showed his usual excitement to see him but it was brief and then he came by me again in the same tail down, head down and ears backed demeanor and laid down again. I thought he was going to vomit but he hasn't. When mommy came home he seemed absolutely fine. He was crying for her and jumping up and down on her like normal. She played with him for a while and he seemed fine, he was running around just like his old self. She checked him over real well just pressing to see if anything obviously bothered him and he seemed ok. That was a few hours ago and since he did the tail down, head down ears back walk int the bedroom and laid down. My wife thinks I am being overly catious, which I may be, but I just want to err on the side of caution. I called the vet and they said the best thing to do is keep an eye on him and if I think he's not getting better to bring him in. Hes eating some and drinking and has gone to the bathroom just fine. Do I have anything to worry about or am I being a hypochondriac? Have you ever experienced this type of behavior? By the way Monte is almost 4 years old and has always had good checkups. Thanks for any help or advice you can give.......Oh, one other thing I want to add: My wife is currently in the middle of a kitchen renovation project. She has pulled all the wallpaper and taken everything off the walls and it looks totally different than it did two days ago. She thinks maybe this has him a little scared. Thoughts?
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Has anything in his environment changed? If it were me and it isnt better by tomorrow then I would take him in and have a fecal done as well as a blood screening just to be on the safe side
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The kitchen is undergoing major chages, which is where his food and water are. Just a little bit ago he jumped on the couch where my wife was sitting and immediately jumped off, layed down and started crying for a couple of seconds. He was fine again after that. It does seem as though he is walking kind of gingerly with his back legs, kinda hard to tell for sure though. He does look back toward his butt often so I thought maybe it was his anal gland but from what I understand a lump can be felt along the anus when there is a problem with them and I don't feel anything there.
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No there isnt always a lump. When my Yoshi has anal gland issues there is no smell, no scooting not lump or anything so it could be that. It may be that he is experiencing pain in that region from constipation, etc...? I would definately get it checked out if it continues tomorrow. Please keep us updated.
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I always err on the side of caution and would take him to the vet...but...Reuben just went through a VERY similar episode this Spring and it totally FREAKED ME OUT! He's also 4 and was extremely depressed...nervous, would jump up a cry our as though something was hurting him...$1,000 later, the vet cleared him of any physical problems...turned out that he was stressed because my husband and I were both CRAZED after he lost his job and our lives were turned upside down...once I got calm and got him into a routine (walks were our savior), he perked right back up again...
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With the kitchen being redone, is it possible he got into something thats causing tummy distress maybe? Or maybe its just stress from everything going on. I hope he feels better soon
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Thanks for the replies. So far this morning he seems ok. It's strange because for the most part he seems fine. He's eating normal and going to the bathroom like he should so I guess thats good.

Yoshismom, when Yoshi has problems with the anal gland how can you tell with no symptons?
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No there isnt always a lump. When my Yoshi has anal gland issues there is no smell, no scooting not lump or anything so it could be that. It may be that he is experiencing pain in that region from constipation, etc...? I would definately get it checked out if it continues tomorrow. Please keep us updated.
Lily was the same as yours,but she would come over for a cuddle when she had a pain,then lick her bottom,so i knew it was anal gland trouble and little dogs do suffer from it.
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