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My dogs (lab) rear end is swollen under her tale and between

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My dog's (lab) rear end is swollen under her tale and between her legs. She has a skin allergy and I recently took her to the vet. They put her on antibiotics and steroids to help with the itching around the tail. I also switched her food so she is no longer eating corn or wheat. It has been a few weeks since she finished her antibiotics but her back end is still swollen? I have felt it and it is not hard but just puffy. She also continues to itch her tail and and is losing hair. I cannot afford to go to the vet again. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Deb Jankura replied 8 years ago.
Hi licorice,
This is one that Is very difficult to assess without seeing her. Could she have a skin parasite? was there a skin scrape done to look for one? Her anal glands could be very impacted. Was a rectal exam done? Is she spayed? Did she have any big lymph nodes is her groin area? Was an X-ray done.? Did the swelling decrease on steroids? Is the skin red or have scabs or tiny bumps on it?

I can try to sort this out
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
<p><strong>When I took Sage (my lab) to the vet, they concluded that she had a flea allergy. They did not seem concerned about her swelling and assumed it was to do with the fleas. She has been on flea medication for about 6 months and I do think the red and itchy tail could be do to fleas since they are so hard to kill but the swelling has not gone down at all with the antibiotics and steroids. There are no lymph nodes in her groin area. No skin scraped. The vet did not do any x ray or exams. She did not seem concerned about the swelling at all. I on the other hand don't see it as normal. She does not seem to be in any pain but that is sometimes hard to tell since they have such a high tolerance to pain. How do I know if it is her anal glands impacted? What is that caused from?</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>thanks again, hope this information helps you answer my question better.</strong> <img src="/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-smile.gif" border="0" alt="Smile" title="Smile" width="18" height="18" /></p><p> </p>
Expert:  Deb Jankura replied 8 years ago.
try this-

take a fine toothed comb- a flea comb if possible, and comb around her tail on her back and all arounf the area. Have a white paper towel ready and any material collected in the comb- put on the paper towel. describe what this looks like, then spray or sprinkle it with with water. walk away for 10 minutes, come back and describe what you see again.

I look forward to your answer, what flea product are you using?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
OK! So I did my best. She is so squirmy when I even get near her tail. It looked like a lot of dry skin. She is pretty flaky.
I then sprayed the paper towel with a bit of water and waited 10 minutes. I didn't notice anything different. It really looks like all I got was dry skin and a few small black specks but no difference after the water. I don't know if this makes a differnce but both my dogs have similiar problems with the tail being real itchy, red, and loss of hair. It is only Sage that has the swelling problem.
   I am using frontline and have been for a couple years. Although the last visit to the vet, she had told me to switch up the flea meds because the fleas become immune. So I recently purchased Advantage but probably won't receive that in the mail for about another week. I did just give them another treatment of frontline yesterday because they were due again.
Expert:  Deb Jankura replied 8 years ago.
thanks for trying that. frontline would have killed the fleas but there would still be flea dirt. Pay special attection to the black specs. Try this on your other dogs too. Itchy crusty areas just above the tail on multiple dogs is very characteristic of flea allergy. When a dog is sensitive, they will be itchy long after the fleas are gone. Think of a mosquito bite, it itches long after the bug is gone. A warm bath with water may help soothe the skin, an oatmeal product would be good. check pet stores. If the water runs off red- that may be due to fleas. It still could be something else but it does sound like fleas.

if you check the other dogs let me know
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