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I am sorry to hear about sweet Barneys issues. This may be a symptom of the different environment causing Barney's digestive tract to become disturbed. This checking his tail area could be due to straining to defecate or his anal glands are full. This digestive issue possibly causing Barney to be sensitive is unlikely to be caused by nettles but this digestive issue. For now, fast him for 12 hrs to allow his digestive tract to calm down and then feed him a small amount of rice and boiled chicken which is easy on his digestive tract. This will allow him to become more regular as he adapts to his new home. If this is enough and the behavior continues, have your vet check his anal glands...if these are full, he will exhibit these same behaviors.Does that make sense to you?
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I am so sorry but I am unable to do phone calls but since you say Barney is painful at his tailhead, this also may be an injury to his spine in that area causing him discomfort. Give him 5 mg per pound of his weight of aspirin every 12 hrs WITH food to help ease this discomfort and this may help also. If Barney is around 40 pounds, he would take one half regular 325 mg aspirin every 12 hrs for a few days. Good Luck...nice of you to take this sweet guy in....