Vet said if it isn't better, to come at 3pm on Thursday. OK to use a dab of Prep H, I just cleaned with a witch hazel wipe and dabbed a tiny bit of Prep H, he didn't mind.
It has looked this way since late last week, no better, no worse, so we will wait a few more days. Does not seem to affect bowel function, just irritating to the boy. It is really pronounced when he coughs, which is way too much lately.
I use tea tree oil on his tail to keep him from chewing it, (we think his spine issues make his tail 'tingle' ) but I think it stings so I would only use it near the area, he won't put his nose anywhere near tea tree oil! Poor guy, bad enough to have lung/heart issues, now the "other end" has problems too!
Just got home from the vet, Topper has a bit of a prolapsed rectum, that is the hemorrhoid-looking red area I saw, and he did say that Prep H may help a bit. He has had soft stools for a few weeks, occasional diarrhea, and I took a fresh stool specimen which they tested…and found hookworms! None of mine have ever had any kind of worms, but I guess a first time for everything. We started treatment (3 days worth) today and hopefully that will help with rear irritation. We are treating Ed & Nick too, just in case!
Hopefully getting rid of the hooks will lessen the irritation in the rear! I'm thinking he isn't going to care for prep H inserted!!!!
For Follow-up: We treated Topper daily for 3 days with panacur (sp?) powder, within 48 hours his rear looked better, less red all around the area and he stopped licking and biting at it. The prolapse is much improved, hardly noticeable, the large red area has returned to normal. I am so glad I grabbed that stool specimen, as the vet, like me, was assuming something wrong with the rectum, not looking for parasites, especially as we are on Heartguard Plus ( I do stretch it to avery 5-6 weeks in winter when there are no mosquitos, guess I won't be doing that any more!). And for a parasite that excretes very microscopic larve, it is amazing how irritated his rear was from it. He really seemed to feel bad, now 5 days later he is obviously over it, stools normal, rear normal, coat glossy, he is frisking around as much as he can…all that misery over nasty teeny worms!
Just browsing and came across these posts and I'm glad I did. I've noticed that for some days now my 'old' boy (going on 15) has been licking his rear end. There isn't a lump though but he is obviously distressed by it. Because of what I've been reading I've decided to get him to the vet. I hesitate always to take him at his age although he is very perky and 'young' feeling (like me his body lets him down some times!)and have been putting neem oil on it just before he goes for his walk so that he doesn't think to lick it off straight away. I always think that if these oils/ointments can be left on for 10 minutes they still have an effect. I worm him regularly which is essential on a stock farm but there could be some that have escaped the treatment.
Once again I have been helped by this forum, thank you everybody.
Hi Jennifer, if your suggestion to worm all dogs was to me, we did worm the younger 2 with a different drug, 1 dose last week and another in a month. I pretty much insisted on it. Topper has other health issues and a crappy immune system, so he gets stuff the others don't get, but I don't want any yukky hookworms anywhere around us.
And Patty, your boy could have anal gland issues that are causing the licking, not necessarily worms.
MacPack - thank you - it was anal glands and boy, were they full! We didn't get to the vet until today because we had car issues. Ama is his old self again now so he was obviously very uncomfortable before.
I don't know why he had troubles because he is fed raw meat and plenty of vegetables so I would think he has plenty of fibre to keep him firm. Does any one have any ideas of what else I can give him to help prevent this happening again?
I know the hemorrhoids issue was a little time ago but here is food for that and several other things. You can look up Colloidal Silver on goggle and see what all it is good for. One of the web sites I looked at today was www.diagnose-me.com. We have used silver on our dogs before it was the 10 ppm that is high enough on the ppm goes higher and higher but as I said 10 ppm is more than enough. Please look up colloidal silver.