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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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I have a 3 yr. old female basset, last few days she sleeps a

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I have a 3 yr. old female basset, for the last few days she sleeps a lot and walks with her tail tucked under herself. I have cleaned her ears often because she once had an ear infection. Any clues?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry you are worried about Behula. My name is Rebecca. I am a veteirnarian and will do my best to help.

If she were my own dog or my patient, the first thing I would check is her anal glands. An impacted or infected anal gland might make a dog tuck her tail. Lower back pain can also make a dog walk with its tail tucked down.

Is her tail hanging down, not moving or tucked firmly behind her? There is a condition called "limber tail" where the tail hands lifelessly for a few days. We don't really know the cause, but it gets better on its own. Pain medication can be helpful.

So she may need to have her anal glands checked, she may need antibiotics for an anal gland infection, or she may need pain medication. If this continues, I would have her checked out. Let me know how she is doing and what other questions I can answer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Could I get a script for antibiotics?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Only from a veterinarian who has a client patient relationship with you, which usually means they have seen and examined her. It is illegal for a veterinar***** *****ke me to write prescriptions for dogs I can't see or examine; could lose my license (which is my livlihood) or worse!

Please let me know what other questions I can answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I did not hear back from you! How is she doing? Can I answer any more of your questions?