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Is he scooting at all? Licking the area?
more nibbling his tail..no licking or scooting
What part of his tail?
the top and the tip
So the base and the tip?
What part of the country do you live in?
OK, any chance there are fleas?
The only two other options are going to be his anal glands are irritating him and they need to be expressed (most likely) or he has a parasite that is causing the irritation
The anal gland issue is easily resolved by your groomer or a technician at your vet clinic can express
would that explain the wobbling and loss of balance
The parasite issue would be treated with an oral medication/ dewormer
If they are impacted or painful a dog can appear this way
Is he chasing his tail at all?
so it could be either his anal glands or parasites?
The only other reason a dog would chew their tail is anxious energy or a mite of some kind that is irritating the skin but not very likely in this situation
ok thank you..
The chewing not the wobbliness...
ok well he wobbles more than anything
It is possible there is something else going on entirely
Any chance he could have gotten into anything: trash, plants, etc?
im not sure..
The wobbliness is a concern, how long has it been going on?
since like 130
he was fine this morning..its been going on for about 2 hours
Has it gotten any better/ worse?
i feel like its been the same
If there is a concern he might have ingested something it would probably be best for a vet to examine him to make sure there is nothing serious going on at this point
could he just be constipated if he had ingested something
Not likely to show the signs you are describing. I do not think that is the problem
ok if he had ingested something would it be like stuck in a tract somewhere and that is why he is possibly acting this way
No, I am concerned that he has metabolized it and is causing these symptoms. Meaning that it is already in his system not that it is causing a gi problem
would it just go away or just create a bigger problem
There is no way to tell at this point without an examination
ok thank you he just threw up
I know how difficult it is to see them ill
yeah its ok i am going to let him get finished throwing up and then see if he acts better
thank you so much
You are welcome
Can I answer any other questions?
no that is everything
If he is not improving, I think it would be best to have him examined
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