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I'm not sure what you mean - that he has not been wormed and has not been to a vet recently?
Ok, sure. I understand.
If he has not been treated for worms in the last 3 months and has had ongoing diarrhoea and weight loss I would strongly recommend worming him with something like Panacur.
With regards ***** *****; this could be due to e.g. laryngitis, over-use (if barking more than usual) or an infection.
Groaning typically denotes pain which can be caused by e.g. joint disease (a dislocating knee cap or sore hip would be common in his breed.
As it has been going on for so long and he has several signs, I do think a vet visit is sensible.
They will examine him and may run some tests such as a blood test.
It may be he requires a course of medicine such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.
I would also consider blocked anal glands; a common issue in smaller dogs after runny stool. They can cause groaning during position changes and are easily rectified by a vet expressing them.
As I say, a hoarse bark can have a few causes including
The vet will feel the throat and listen to the breath sounds. If concerned about a foreign body, they may also sedate Matty to have a good look at the larynx/throat.
A tsp of honey twice daily may be appreciated and do ensure the air is well ventilated and free of dust and smoke. We should also check he is up to date with lungworm prevention.
No problem at all.
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