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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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I have a 1 year old pitbull. He has his tail tucked between

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I have a 1 year old pitbull. He has his tail tucked between his legs. Won't eat. Keeps whonninh Whinning* and won't let anyone near that area
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes we have look and hi bum his legs and feet he just won't let us near his tail. And he's getting more and more protective. Last night we could look tonight we can't even get near him
JA: The veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Koda
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Koda?
Customer: He can't really sit or lay down comfortably.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

I didn't understand correctly. What area is he protective of?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
His tail and under his tail
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

Has he torn up any toys lately? Ingested anything he shouldn't have?

Any scooting behavior?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 months ago.

I am concerned that this might be his anal glands bothering him. Many dogs will stop eating, avoid defecating if they can and will become sensitive about anyone being near the anal tissues. As he shows no signs of feeling unwell aside from avoiding food, we can assume that this may be due to discomfort and not illness. I would recommend taking him by your vet's office to have this area briefly examined by a nurse and the glands expressed, if needed. If he continues to act this way, a physical exam with a veterinarian will be necessary.

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