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I have a 14 year old Shih Tzu and within the past two days

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I have a 14 year old Shih Tzu and within the past two days he has seemed uncomfortable and his tail is twitching and jerking somewhat like a muscle spasm. He usually rests peacefully throughout the night but the past two nights he has not. The vet prescribed him some muscle relaxers a couple years ago for a spinal problem - should I give him the muscle relaxers to see if this helps.
Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so sorry to hear JJ is not feeling well and showing these signs
Is he also chewing or scooting his rear or just the jerking of the tail? If you massage the tail base area how does he react?
You can definitely try the muscle relaxant you have on hand for him this evening to see if he is more comfortable but if this is not improving or is progressing I definitely would advise a veterinary exam to ensure there is nothing more serious going on with the area that requires medical intervention.
In addition, massage in a circular pattern over the area of the tail base along with rotating warm and cool compresses can help reduce his discomfort if he will allow it.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No he is not biting or chewing. From time to time he jumps up & looks back at his back right leg then starts a whine/ bark.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I would strongly urge having his anal glands expressed either by a groomer or a veterinary technician because it sounds like his anal glands might be impacted causing him discomfort. Some dogs will scoot, others will chew, while yet others will jump up without notice and then begin to move around uncomfortably. If this is the case it is an easy fix and hopefully he (and you) will be able to rest comfortably again...
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Good evening how is JJ doing today? I would love an update
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