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Cooper has been sleepy all day (more than usual). He pooped one little one this morning, he usually goes again around 10 but didn't. Hasn't gone since this morning. I've noticed the past day or so he's been licking his behind a lot. It;s like it's itchy or something. He will spin around in circles biting his tail trying to itch(it looks like) and he'll lay down and lick his bum. Could this be a sign his anal glands are bugging him? He's not scooting around though. Anyone have advice? Clearly something is bugging him back there but I can't see anything different. :(
 

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anal glands, worms and also yeast (my shih tzu mix had it back there and was so miserable with it.) maybe even poop stuck to the fur?
 

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luvmypuppet said:
anal glands, worms and also yeast (my shih tzu mix had it back there and was so miserable with it.) maybe even poop stuck to the fur?
I've looked and couldn't see any poo stuck to his fur. What are the other signs of anal glands, worms or yeast do you know - or do you think I should call my vet or wait a day to see if anything clears up?
 

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all the things for the anal glands ae in chi articles under anal gland artice, and worms is hard to tell without a fecal (ther is only one type of worm that oculd be seen in the poo) but in a lot of cases it is itchy and there is bloody stools (chiwi had that one day with her coccidea) and the yeast, i never heard of until muphin was dragging her butt and licking like crazy! she was all red and sore there too and i KNEW it wasn't anals with her as she had hers removed years ago so when the fecal came back it had many yeasts present so we had to wash her tushy with malaseb shampoo once a week for 4 weeks and it did the trick she is so old we don't want to give her meds, only as a last resort...) give it a day, see if it resolves itself (chiwi's anals get full but with one tushy drag she is fine for weeks.) if it don't get better give the vet a call for his anals.... most vets like to screen for worms at least every 6 months.... when did he have his checked?
 

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I'm not sure when he last had his checked for worms. But he is better now, I haven't seen him lick or try to get at his bum all week now so that's good. Thanks for all of your advice you are always so helpful mandy! :wave:
 

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CooperChi said:
I'm not sure when he last had his checked for worms. But he is better now, I haven't seen him lick or try to get at his bum all week now so that's good. Thanks for all of your advice you are always so helpful mandy! :wave:

aw thanks :oops: i try
 

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CooperChi I'd be suspicious of a few things:

Did he eat anything unusual last night, or possible eaten anything innapropriate? Stool was normal looking and urinating fine? Appetite is good?

Any vomitting, diarrhea or reluctance to walk? Pain when touched along chest, abdomen, back, or neck? Sometimes dogs with IV disc herniation have GI symptoms and indicate back pain by trying to lick it (even though the farthest they can get it to lie down and lick their rear).

I'd recommend to make an appointment for tonight or tommorow morning, watch him throughout today, and cancel it if he's better, but if he's not, at least you have it already booked.

Best case scenario, it's nothing, a little GI upset can cause colitis, gas = irregular stools, slight decrease in activity and attitude. Tail biting unrelated, or related to anal area irritation from passing stool uncomfortably. Anal glands is a good idea to check as Mandy suggested, it makes pooping uncomfortable if they are full or impacted, and the biting/licking does make a lot of sense.

Worst case scenario, continued letharg and if there are additional GI symptoms, refusing favorite foods, vomitting, diarrhea. I'd definately see the vet. There are so many things that can cause GI symptoms and lethargy that it's better to let the vet sort it out.

Good luck, and hope Cooper is doing better!


-Nate
 
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