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Experience:  16 years of small animal internal medicine, surgery and preventive medicine.
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my dog has been itching badly by his tail. is it fleas or worms

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my dog has been itching badly by his tail. is it fleas or worms or anal glands?
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Have you seen fleas?
2- Does he have an irritation or sore in that area?
3- How long has this been going on?
4- How much does your dog weigh?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

have not seen fleas it looks sore and he keeps itching it 2 days don't know how much he weighs

1- Can you comb/brush him and see if you find a flea or flea dirt within the brush?
2- The sore is on the top of the tail, correct?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no I cannot brush it underneath the tail

1- Under the tail next to the anus?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


1- If the anus was a clock on what number would you put the sore?
2- The sore is on the skin not the anus, correct?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
so many questions totally dissatisfied
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

8 yes

Maggie, I am trying to identify if your dog has an anal gland rupture or simply a hot spot. As you can see I don't have the ability to examine your dog. But, if you don't want to continue answering the questions then this is what you can try:

1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing. Pick up an ecollar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at affected area.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Wash area with this soap 2-3 times a day. If you do not find the above soap use over the counter antibacterial soap.

3- After washing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.

4- If no significant improvement after doing the above in 2-3 days follow up with your family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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