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my 8 year old wont stop frantically licking his anus...2 days

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my 8 year old won't stop frantically licking his anus...2 days I tried chamomile tea but he really needs relief till vet visit can you give me idea to help
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  knstrand replied 3 years ago.

knstrand :

Hello, my name is Dr. Farwell. I will try to help answer your question about Hondo

knstrand :

Sorry to hear he is so miserable

knstrand :

He might be having some sort of allergy (with flea bite allergy, they will focus around their backside). The licking also creates a secondary skin infection many times.

knstrand :

Dogs also have 2 small glands (anal glands) which can become infected/impacted. Definitely a good idea to have him examined tomorrow to get to the root of the problem.

knstrand :

If the anus is really red, a mild over the counter hydrocortisone might help decrease the itching. However, anything topical he will likely lick off unless prevented from doing so. I know it's hard, but if you have an e-collar (from a previous surgery or something) available, it might be wise to have him wear so he cannot further irritate the area until tomorrow.

knstrand :

Your vet will likely check his anal glands (make sure they are not impacted/infected) and may put him on oral antibiotics/anti-inflammatories.

knstrand :

Do you have any further specific questions/concerns?

JACUSTOMER-ipe4iyk8- :

Thank you Dr......when I put vaseline on he did lick that off. No more thank you

knstrand :

Okay, hopefully this helps

Expert:  knstrand replied 3 years ago.
How is Hondo doing? Please let me know if you have further questions or if I could assist you any further

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