Q. Constantly whining, licking her butt, had pink/ red urine. Won’t drink, can’t poop.

Mon, Aug 21, 2023

Licking butt can’t poop. Whining
Is this issue normal or not?

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Your dog's symptoms could potentially indicate several underlying issues. Constant whining, licking her butt, and difficulty in defecating may point to discomfort or pain in the anal area. Pink or red urine could be a sign of urinary tract inflammation or infection. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of possible causes and actions:

• Dogs have anal glands that can become impacted or infected, leading to discomfort, scooting, and excessive licking of the anal area. You can try gently wiping the area with a damp cloth, but if the symptoms persist, it's best to consult a veterinarian.

• Difficulty in defecating might be due to constipation. Make sure your dog has access to fresh water and a high-fiber diet. You can try giving a small amount of canned pumpkin (with no additives) to help soften the stool.

• Pink or red urine could indicate a UTI. Encourage your dog to drink water, as increased water intake can help flush out bacteria.

• Dogs may lick their anal area if they're experiencing pain or discomfort elsewhere. Check for any injuries or inflammation on her body.

While there are some steps you can take at home, such as offering water and a high-fiber diet, closely monitoring her for signs of distress, and gently cleaning the anal area, it's essential to recognize the severity of her condition. I would recommend taking her to the doctor for tests to determine the exact cause.

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