My dog has been chewing around the base of his tail for the last 2 days and I'm wondering what's going on.
I want to support Randi so I checked the Pet Cedarside and it's a big jug for 29.95 and so is the Spray Quart.
I'll see how he is today and I may buy one of these..................
Before I'd assume that it was bugs and spraying the dog with toxic oil I'd check and empty the dogs anal glands.
That's the dog chews at the base of the tale symptom. fleas can cause it too, but the anal glands need to be looked at. The anal gland fluid needs to be brown and liquid, If there's puss and blood the gland is infected. I wet the area with warm water on a wash cloth re dipping the cloth into the warm water until I have not only made the area wet, I've made it warm. Then I do what is shown in this video.
When you see a dog do the rump drag across the ground that's also the time to inspect and clear the glands. And look for worms and fleas as well. But don't forget the glands and assume fleas or worms. These glands are frequently blocked impacted and infected.
It's sort of like milking a cow. Oh, and I wear the disposable rubber gloves because that gland juice is the smell the dog leaves on fire hydrants and such. It's rank and in pure, on the hand, it will linger through several hand washings, for several hours. Rubber gloves keep it off the skin. http://www.ehow.com/video_2275318_express-dog_s-anal-gland.html
When we move dogs into houses to live with us, we teach them to not empty their glands during puppy training for indoor toilet matters. This causes the blockage of what is a natural matter, and causes this kind of impaction. It's our fault.
Once the infection and impaction is cleared up, the wetting and hot water isn't needed, stripping the glands is a matter of putting on gloves and using a paper towel and 30 seconds once a month.
Doing it before bathing a dog, if you do that, is the best time. I don't bath a dog or cat unless there is a reason to do so, medical or stench from rolling in dead things.