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dog whines/yelps when pooping

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i have a 10 yr old beagle/basset mix. She is staring to whine/yelp when she poops and her tail is tucked under instead of up. her anal glands are clean and she has been x-rayed and there are no blockages. When she does poop it is healthy and normal. Her behavior and appetite are normal. Seems my vet cannot figure out what is wrong without running $300 tests. They x-rayed her and found nothing wrong. Do you have any suggestions or a suggestion for a good vet in the Olathe KS area. Thanks for your time.
Were x-rays taken of hips and spine?
What food are you feeding her?
Has she had any spine issues or neck problems in the past?
Is your vet a general vet?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
xrays were taken of her intestines and the intestinal track and stomach. She ate some part of her blanket so they checked for blockage. there was not blockage. She eats authority adult lite food. She had a minor back injury 3-4 yrs ago. She was given steroids and never had another issue. My vet for now is Banfield. She acts normal and wags her tail untill she goes to poop. Than she tucks her tail and acts like someone slapped her on the butt or something bit her.
Because of the kind of mix she is I'd be very suspicious this has to do with a possible spinal pain problem. Another possibility is a hip or knee problem.
When a dog passes stool it raises its tail up to relax the muscles around the anus while moving into the squatting position.
If she has a spine or hip or knee problem any of those could cause her pain.
But you mentioned she is having trouble lifting the tail to go and that may indicate a pain issue in the spine area. She may be getting a nerve pinch from trying to move her tail up to allow the stool to pass.
I'd suggest considering seeing a neurology specialist. Dr. Brian C. Cellio. Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. 11950 West 110th Street, Suite B. Overland Park, KS 66210. Tel:(NNN) NNN-NNNN(NNN) NNN-NNNN
may be the closest one to you.
You may also want to read here about cold tail but as the dog can wag the tail I don't think this is it but worth your reading through just in case
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
thank you for your time. that makes better sense than what i have been told by my vet. But i am just a mechanic and not a vet lol lol. Thanks again. is this something that could really damage her health or kill her? what i mean is this a top priority that could be fatal? I am not going to delay in getting her help, but i don't want to wait a day or two and she falls over dead due to my ignorance or lack of money.
I have to tell you I am not a vet but just a very experienced person who has cared for a lot of dogs.
As long as she is able to pass stool she should be OK.
Things to watch for to worry about would be suddenly dragging a leg, not being able to lift the tail at all, no more stool being passed, inability to pass urine which could go along with spine problems as if the nerves don't carry the message then the body can't respond.
Here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills and they range from subsidies or financial aid to credit companies that specialize in medical financing including vet care

American Animal Hospital Association
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every

God's Creatures Ministry
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor."

"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."

United Animal Nations
"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."
They also keep a list of local and national help resources here
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
thank you
You are very welcome - thanks for your accept!