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Old 14-11-2019, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Default 10yo female Lab trying to bite her hind quarters

Evening one and all

I have a fox red labrador who will be 10 on Saturday; over the last few weeks I have noticed that (particularly first thing in the morning) she is trying to nibble at, or bite, her hind quarters as if there is something there that is irritating her. I did notice her doing this on a couple of occasions ages ago and thought no more of it, 'maybe it's just daft lab behaviour', and it wasn't constant.

Well, over the last few weeks it has become more constant to a point where she's trying to do this 3-4 times per day. She's been to the vet twice, they've done loads of functional tests, prodding and moving here feet / legs and so on, now they have come to the conclusion that it might be an irritated anal gland for which they have given me some Prednisolone medication. She is otherwise of normal affect & behaviour, chases tennis balls all day, eats, drinks and toilets normally.

Grateful for any advice anyone can give.
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Old 14-11-2019, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Certainly Anal Gland would be my guess. I'd imagine your vet has tried to express them and failed, and has decided they are impacted. Hopefully the Pred will sort it, otherwise it could mean an operation. But at 10 years old that's not something to embark on lightly.

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Thanks John
The Prednisolone seems (touch wood!!) to be working.

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