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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Can you help with my Yorke he is 3 yrs old has had problems

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Can you help with my Yorke he is 3 yrs old has had problems with anal glands been treated by my vet, but in the last few days he has been acting very uncomfortable, sad even,keeps licking his feet, running backwards an forwards, staying behind furniture, not a happy dog.
Vet has taken blood sample,no response yet,he has been off his food for 2days.
We are at our wits end as to what do for the best
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has his glands done nearly every month

I'm sorry to hear of this with Sparky. For the purposes of our discussion, I'm going to assume that "problems with anal glands" has been suggested by Sparky's scooting and/or licking his anus excessively. It's important to recognize that unless his anal glands are obviously impacted/infected, those symptoms are most often due to an allergic dermatitis rather than primary anal gland disorders. His licking his feet is supportive evidence of an allergic dermatitis; it's a symptom commonly attirbuted to both food intolerance and atopy (allergies to environmental allergens).

It sounds as if Sparky's vet understands this because both a steroid and hypoallergenic food trial have been tried. If neither have been helpful, food intolerance is more likely than atopy and a different hypoallergenic diet should be considered; in particular, a hydrolyzed rather than novel protein diet. If Sparky remained symptomatic inspite of being fed a hydrolyed protein diet, atopy becomes the more important differential diagnosis and either a larger dose of steroid or the new cytokine antagonist oclacitinib (Apoquel) should be considered. Oclacitinib works as well as a steroid but without a steroid's adverse effects. His glands shouldn't be expressed monthly unless they truly are impacted/infected.

For now, the antipruritic (anti-itch) tranquilizer acepromazine should be on board. Sparky needs a break and this drug will allow him to sleep until either an injectable steroid is administered or oclacitinib is initiated. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

I wouldn't expect blood work to be informative but I have no objection to it being performed. You're welcome to share out conversation with Sparky's vet. if you prefer, you can say that you've done your due diligence and would like to discuss a few things as I've alluded to above.

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