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Dog keeps licking butt.

Species: Dog
Breed: poodle/chihuahua mix
Age: 5-8 years
My dog keeps licking her butt. I took her 2 days ago to have her anal glands expressed. What else could be the problem?


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

If a dog is continually licking her hind end, even after having the anal glands expressed then I often wonder about the possibility of an anal sac infection. It is often hard to tell whether a dog's anal sacs are infected, but one sign is that the dog continues to be bothered by the glands even after having them expressed.

I have also seen dogs have an itchy bum because of a small wound on the anus. If this is the case I usually prescribe a hydrocortisone cream to put on the area until healed.

There are other possibilities as well such as a mass inside the anus or even allergies. It sounds like she will need to see a vet soon. Hope all is well!

Dr. Marie.

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