Many thanks for your reply. The reason I am asking is he started licking the base of tail last night and I noticed this afternoon the underside of his tail is red raw. I gave him a piriton with his meal to see if this would help, but he is quite distressed by his tail. I was wondering if he was in pain and as I have 2 tramadol tabs left should I give him one to see if that helps?
He weights approx. 37kg - the tramadol capsules are 50mg each
He was treated with Frontline on Monday, which is a treatment I have used since he was a puppy and he hasn't reacted in the past.
He was also groomed on Thursday and they usually check ears\anal glands but I presumed everything was ok then .
I did change his food at the start of the week from NatureDiet to Forthgale - that is the only thing I can think of.
I have tried to put cream on his tail, but he is so strong and what little I manage to get on him he licks off. I have now put his comfy cone on.
He does seem a little calmer now, I guess the piriton now working. I am just worried that he get his tail infected.
The tramadol were prescribed for him, I will see how he goes on for the next hour.
Would it be ok to give him another Piriton around mid-night to help him through the night?
So grateful for your advise - just hate to see him in so much discomfort.
Thank you so much Deb - it has helped me having your advice.
I was just so shocked to see how much hair he had lost from the underside of his tail just by licking !!
I didn't realise there were different ways to clear the anal glands and like you say I don't think the groomer would have done this internally.
Can I just ask the over the counter cortisone ointment you mentioned - would this be animal specific or can it be an ointment humans can use???
I promise that's my last question
Thanks for the email - he spent last week wearing his comfy cone and I think that helped a great deal. He still has a bald patch but this is now pink rather than the raw red colour it was last week and he seems to be leaving it alone now thank goodness. I am still awaiting delivery of the Vetricyn as I had to order on-line so that may not be needed but at least I will have it in for the future (hopefully it wont be needed ). I applied Caneston hydrocortisone & clotimazole a couple of times last weekend - think this helped too. Once again many thanks for your advice.