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My dog is licking her frequently. Her name is Sally. I

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My dog is licking her butt frequently.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Her name is Sally. I believe she's around 10 years old if not older. She was a "stray." (All of my animals are)
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sally?
Customer: Not really. She seems active and in good health most of the time.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response to your question!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

So sorry to hear your dog is uncomfortable! It sounds like the anal glands are full and irritating. These can be expressed by a groomer or your veterinary office technician can also do this.

Here is more information on anal glands in dogs:

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/body-structure-function/anal-glands-in-dogs

Until you are able to get this done there are a few things you can do:
- Warm compresses on the rear to help loosen the material in the glands
- Increase the bulk of the stool with fiber such as white rice, canned pumpkin (1 tsp for her size twice daily), or supplementing the normal diet with a light formula diet
-Increase exercise with leash walks 15+ minutes 2-3 times daily to increase defecation of the larger stools
- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound given every 8 hours until you can get this taken care of but may cause mild sedation initially

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today, I am online another 15 minutes tonight