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Unread 09-10-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default Meiko keeps licking his tail.....

and it's starting to bleed [he bites it too]. In fact, he's itching all over.I called a local health food store and they told me how some dog owners use slippery elm powder & water to make a paste to apply to the sore spots for relief. Has anyone here used this product on their dog???

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Hi pookie and welcome to the forum!
I'm sorry to hear that Meiko's tail is bothering him! Dies he lick the base only or nearer the end?
Really I would ask a vet to take a look as it could be something that requires medical treatment. A paste might soothe it temporarily but not get to the root of the problem.
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It could be allergies, it could be something contagious like mange, it could be fleas... I would have a vet check it out if I were you. There's too many possibilities. The wrong treatment could really majorly prolong recovery!
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Spots like this can accelerate to horrible proportions very quickly - like over a few hours. Ming was fine one night, the next morning had a hot spot on his backside the size of a dollar bill. Really horrible and hideous. He never complained, I never even saw him itching, just overnight he licked it into something not there then there and infected. I'm not into natural remedies in such a situation but that's just me. I don't trust myself to treat something that could be pretty horrific and scarring.
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Hi pookie and welcome to the forum!
I'm sorry to hear that Meiko's tail is bothering him! Dies he lick the base only or nearer the end?
Really I would ask a vet to take a look as it could be something that requires medical treatment. A paste might soothe it temporarily but not get to the root of the problem.
He is biting the base of his tail.

This has been going on for several years. My sister's vet says it's alergies and prescribed Benedryl [doesn't help]. Her other dog Tippy suffered for years from severe allergies and her vet shot her with cortizone which only made her obese and she still had the itchies.

Last night I tried icecubes in a baggie and laid it on his hiney to try to cool the hot spot and he just turned around & looked at me with a "Whaaaa?" expression on his face.

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Zircon used to gnaw at the base of his tail but it was never severe. Foruntately whatever it was went away without causing serious damage. I remember looking into it and finding out the the most common cause of doggies biting at the base of their tail has to do with flea allergies. If Meiko does have a flea alelrgy you likely won't see fleas, since it doesn't take very many fleas to cause problems for a dog with flea allergies.


I'd go back to the vet and ask if they can check for that specifically.
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Sounds like it's time for a vet to reevaluate what is going on there. Good luck.
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I would get back to the vet for a check - and while you're there also ask them to check whether it could be an infection in the tail gland.

I didn't even know dogs had a tail gland until Oscar had trouble with his, he gnawed his tail red raw and it went scabby and inflamed.

He's had antibiotics and a healing cream on the tail every day and the swelling has gone, just waiting for the hair to grow back. It's not very common in most breeds but I know a lot of Pointers who've had tail gland issues, well worth a discussion with the vet.
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I would get back to the vet for a check - and while you're there also ask them to check whether it could be an infection in the tail gland.
That's right, and in small breeds the gland can even rupture and break through the skin like a large blister. My Sheltie and my mother's Pom both had this happen and it required a lot of daily cleansing to clear up. Ickers! I vowed never to let that happen again.
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If its hot spots I have tried many things, and recently was told gold bond - the medicated cream, it was really cheap and it worked so fast. Dried it up right away, stopped the iching, by the next morning its scabbed up, but a dry scab...

I have also heard of the glang thing.. I actually did it myself once, I thought it helped, but it seems to just be a weak spot for him, as it came back and I tried to "express" ew, again and nothing happened. he has a TON of hair there, this year I trimmed him alot and groomed a couple of times a day at times, thinned his hair out and that seemed to help a lot.. But glold bond really works... There is also a medicated shampoo that's excellent as well..
Wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion too...

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