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My dog has been shaking, sleeping in the bathtub and licking her butt constantly. Not eating also

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your dog. What is the dog's name and age?

Roxy, 7 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Roxy?

7 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Roxy?

No, she is not lethargic. Very anxious and restless

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

So sorry to hear your dog is uncomfortable! It sounds like the anal glands are full and irritating and close to abscessing. I would advise a veterinary exam but with the level of Roxy's discomfort there maybe something else going on as well.

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

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today, I am online another 15 minutes tonight

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 3 months 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, I am signing off in just a few moments

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Roxy to see how she is doing after your question yesterday? I would love an update when you are able

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat with the five stars at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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