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On occasion, Murphy will start biting and licking his..er..winkie (trying to be delicate here)


It only happens on occasion-perhaps once or twice a day for 10 minutes. It started a couple days ago. He begins biting, squirming, jumping and chasing his backside, with a good measure of his focus on his winkie. If you get his attention he'll stop, if you keep his attention he seems fine and will forget about it. But if left to himself these fits will go on for 10 minutes or so. He can really get agitated with himself and shows a measure of excitement


I'm assuming that it's just a puppy/puberty thing since he doesn't do it constantly and getting his attention stops him. But I also want to make sure that if it warrants the attention of our vet I get him in asap. I'm also planning to try to express his anal glands this weekend when I give him a bath-I've never done it before so it should be an experience for both of us.

There is nothing unusual about the appearance of parts and he was neutered at 10 weeks. There are no bumps, no redness, no swelling, no fur loss. He walks normally and we exercise normally (5.5 miles of walking today). It has been warm and somewhat humid here the last few days.

Any thoughts? Does it sound like the anal glands could be bothering him? Just a puberty issue that he'll grow out of? It's been close to 20 years since we've had a puppy and, while I don't remember other puppies doing it this intensely, it's quite possible that other puppies have and I simply don't remember.

Thanks!
 

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I think expressing the anal glands and bath is a good start. If that doesn't cut down on the licking it could be a urinary infection, allergic reaction, etc.
 

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Update:

I decided to take Murphy to the vet. It wasn't getting worse, but it wasn't getting better and it clearly agitated him.

The vet advised that it might be a surface bacterial infection (I don't remember the clinical name). We decided to give him a steroid shot for the itching, and 2 weeks worth of Clavamox to clear up the infection if indeed it was present.

There were no spots or redness, but the vet said it may be early enough that it's not showing yet.

It could also be an allergy, but we decided to err on the side of caution.
 

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I think you were smart to take him to the vet. Better to be safe than sorry.
 
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