My dog a ShihPoo was fine last week. On Thursday I took him to a groomer and when he came home he had a new habit of swinging his butt to the left and walking that way. When he runs in the yard, his spine is straight and when he comes in he almost immediately swings his butt again to the left and his tail is now usually to the left also. I don't know if he was dropped at the groomer, strained his back or what to think. What do you think?Linda CrawfordLivonia, Michigan
Type of Animal: Shih Poo
Name of Dog: Charley
I've given him a baby asprin last night and again this morning after he eats on the advice of a vet assistant.
Hi Linda - Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!
Is there any discomfort when lifting the tail?
A problem defecating / straining to defecate?
Licking at the rear end?
No discomfort with his tail. No problem defecating/no straining either. He does like at his rear end, but does not exhibit any pain.
A neurological or orthopedic problem seems less likely as he can run normal from your description
What would be common from experience would be rear end, notably anal sac discomfort.
I never even thought of that. He had his anal sac checked a few months ago, but I'll have it checked again as soon as I can make an appointment for him. I think you have discovered what is going on. Thank you so much.
You are very welcome!
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