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Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.
It sounds like you're seeing signs of an anal gland impaction or abscess.
These can lead to irritation around the anus and discomfort. That would explain the licking and inability to get comfortable tonight.
To resolve this, we manually empty the glands. This can be done at a vet or groomer tomorrow. In the mean time, you could use some Benadryl to help with the irritation. The dose in dogs is 1-2 mg per lb body weight. It can be given every 6-8 hours, as needed.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
We don't always know. It's probably just some thick anal gland material that clogs the duct and then it doesn't empty correctly. Sometimes it's a recurrent issue. Most dogs, though, it's just something that happens and we empty them out and they're back to normal.