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Customer: Hi i am Buddy Lang and Fritz my miniature schnauzer about 14 mo. old has been licking his tail or bottom for 6 mo.'s or longer and he licks and licks , i have taken him to 4 or 5 vets. and spend over $ 600.00 and have got nothing for my money, they got their money,i am almost 80 on a limed income??( help)
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Customer: he licks his tail all the time, for like 5 min. at a time ,he must be miserable ,it all most drives me crazy.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

What has your vets been telling you is the reason he is doing this?

Have they emptied his anal glands?

Has he been dewormed?

After a vet visit is he ok for a little while and then it comes back?

Where does he defecate normally?

Is it his rectum that he is licking?

Does he drag his rear on the carpet or grass?

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

I see that you haven't responded to my request for more information but I want you to have some answers.

There are a few reasons why a dog will lick their tail region and bottome excessively. Often they will also drag their bottom on the floor as well. Some dogs will lick the rear excessively if there is fecal matter stuck to the hairs in the area. Keeping the hair trimmed back in the area will help stop excessive licking.

Full anal glands can also cause excessive licking. Frequently they will drag their rear on the carpet to help relieve the pressure. The anal glands are 2 sacs on either side of the anus at about the 4' o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. If your dog is continually licking their anus and dragging it, it could also indicate that they are full. This problem can usually be resolved by emptying out the glands. To empty them or express them, you will want to cover the area with a tissue and press your finger on the dog's anal glands with an upward motion. A foul smelling liquid should come out. If nothing comes out and your dog appears to be in pain, you should take him to the Vet. Your vet can do this easily, as he is experienced at it. With some dogs the glands fill up and become an issue on a regular basis and many have their glands expressed monthly as a result. Excellent site on anal glands

If no lump in area It could also be tapeworm infestation. Tapeworms release segments that exit the anus and spread tapeworm eggs into the environment. They can cause severe itching in some dogs. They can usually be seen in the stool and are small about 1/2 inch moving things. If the stool has dried, they look like rice in the stool or stuck in the hair around the anus. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms. Usually this isn't an ongoing issue unless the dog continues to become reinfected. Dogs can contract tapeworms by ingesting an infected flea.

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Since there have been recalls on certain foods, please check the following site to be sure the food your animals eat is not affected. If it is affected, contact your vet as soon as possible. Have your dog seen if they have any symptoms.

The last is allergic condition -- flea allergy being the most common allergy leading to itching around the base of the tail and rectal region.

I hope you find this information helpful.

A Perianal Adenoma is also a possibility. You can read about this here:

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Buddy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler