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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Hes chasing his tail and crying and I don't know what's

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hes chasing his tail and crying and I don't know what's wrong I feel something is wrong but I just cant figure it out
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: My dog name is 50
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about 50?
Customer: his back leg is red but just keep chasing his tail can be distracted but will turn around and keep doing it
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.

How old is 50?

What breed is he?

Is his rectal area red?

Has he been swimming or had a bath or gotten real wet recently?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just turned a year old in February he is a red nose pit bull I don't think his bottom is red has not been swimming or had a bath he really needs one
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful.

There are usually only a few different reasons that a dog will chase their tail crying. It is usually related to pain. You will want to do a temporary muzzle on him to help you keep him from biting in case you cause him some pain while you examine him. Here is a site that shows you how to do this.

Then you will want to check over his tail well. He could also have a problem with his anal glands which will cause a dog to hold their tail down as well and often bite at the rear. The anal glands are 2 sacs on either side of the anus at about the 4' o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. Dogs will normally lick their anus and it could also indicate that they are full. This problem can usually be resolved by emptying out the glands if this is the problem. 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.

Excellent site on anal glands

There is a condition "cold tail" that Labradors, English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds and Beagles sometimes get which causes them to hold their tail close to the body and can cause discomfort. Usually a dog has been swimming, been caught in the rain or bathed. You can read about it here.

It is possible that this is what you are seeing with your dog. With cold tail it sometimes takes up to 2 weeks for the tail to recover. Some owners feel the administration of anti-inflammatory medication aid in a faster recovery.

Dog's have sebaceous glands and perianal glands at the base of their tails. Sometimes, these glands can become clogged and swollen. A warm compress on the spot and cleaning with Benzyl peroxide gel may help with the problem. I would also use some Neosporin or triple antibiotic cream on the area as well. Dogs with this swelling of the sebaceous gland may have a problem with hypothyroidism or a hormonal imbalance, so I would suggest you have your dog seen by your vet if you do not see improvement.

Now another possible issue is that he has ingested a foreign object that has moved through his system and is now at the rectal area of the bowel. It may not be coming through the last little way easily which would also cause them to chase and bite at the tail. Whining would be pretty common for this situation.

Since he is whining, I would not expect it to be pure behavioral. Some dogs do start chasing their tails and it is considered to be a compulsvie disorder, but in your dog's case, it does seem to be more physical. If you fed him a new food recently or given a new treat, it may have triggered an allergic reaction causing some inflammation in the rectal area and severe itching as well. Allergies are quite common in pit bulls. You might try some benadryl at a dosage of 1-2mg per pound every 8 hours. It will take about 30-45 minutes to see some results from the benadryl. If you see improvement, then I would look to see what changed in the dog's environment such as treats, food, cleaning supplies, etc. Read more on allergies here:

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up to see how your boy is doing and if you found my answer helpful.

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