Thank you for checking in on us! You certainly go beyond the call of duty, Dr. Barbara!
Pepper slept from 9 p.m. till 9 a.m. without a whimper. After he woke up, and went outside, with no apparent results, we gave him a dose of Pepcid and doctored his sore bottom. He ate his three tablespoons of rice and chicken and crawled back into bed and for a "nap." He must have been as exhausted as we were.
We had to be gone for four hours. When we came home, he was awake, and wanted to go outside. He urinated, but didn't defecate. Then he ate another small meal. Now he's in the kitchen hoping Doug will drop something good while he's cooking. I would say he's definitely on the mend!! I haven't heard more than one or two whimpers today, and his perianal area is less inflamed.
You nailed this one, Dr. Barbara! We'll continue this treatment until we can take him to the vet next week, but now that we have a good idea what's going on, we shouldn't need to pay for a lot of expensive diagnostic tests. His leg doesn't seem to be bothering him much at all right now, so the aspirin isn't an immediate issue.