Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
Have you had his anal glands expressed recently? Ideally they empty when a dog has a bowel movement but this doesn't always happen. Sometimes you have to take them to the vet and have them "expressed". They can become impacted and be very uncomfortable for your dog; or they can rupture then you have real problems! (One of my girls has problems with hers so I am know more than anal glands than I want to!)
Just because you haven't seen a flea doesn't mean you don't have them. I don't mean to sound snippy but don't know another way to say that and it's just a fact of life. Fleas spend approximately 98%of their time off of the dog. Have you used a flea comb on him?
It sounds like he's coming awfully close to getting hot spots on those two places he's chewing. Something has made them itch - fleas, allergy to food or something he's coming in contact with - could be any of a dozen things. This is a favorite hang out for fleas for some reason. The best thing to do for that is also to take him and let the vet check him over; he may want to give him an injection to stop the itching cycle then put him on some pills for a longer course of treatment. We can't rule out a staph infection either.
I cannot get rid of fleas, although I rarely see them. They are usually worse on the white dog (any white dog) but luckily she isn't as bothered by them as the other dogs. Those two chew and scratch constantly and drive me crazy!! I've had them on antibiotics for almost a week now and am taking them to the vet tomorrow to have them checked.
I know it gets expensive to take them in, but sometimes it is cheaper to stop the problem before it takes over the dog than it is to wait until he is miserable and just has to go.
Keep us posted on how it goes. I know you are both going crazy over this!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"If they care, it doesn't matter; if it matters, they don't care."