Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear that Ray is showing these signs. Unfortunately this all does say anal gland issues once again even if he is not showing the classic signs...
- When the anal glands are full or irritated some dogs will scoot or lick back there while other dogs will lick as close as they can get which is often the groin area or the back legs
. They can refill within weeks in some dogs while in others it can be months. It is something easily checked by your veterinary office technician or a groomer
- The fishy odor to the breath really does describe anal glands which is the only scent in a dog that has this smell
- Licking lips is a common sign of nausea but can be due to the licking of the rectal area and the fishy odor to the breath is leaving a bad taste to his mouth. You can try pepcid (famotidine
) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours to help with any risk of nausea and supplement his regular diets with white rice as well
- Eating other dogs feces is called copraphagia and can be another indication of gi upset or malnutrition of his diet. Believe it or not gi upset and anal gland issues can be hand in hand, I personally have a dog that has gi issues and chronic anal gland issues as well that I had to resort to removal of the glands because of constant infections and irritation
- Aggression with food can also be related to gi issues and anal glands as well. When dogs don't feel 100% they become protective of what they consider theirs and this can escalate without the underlying issue being addressed
I hope this information is helpful but please let me know anything else I can do to assist you both! I hope Ray is feeling better soon!
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