Wed, Apr 3, 2024

Not eating

Create an account to access Dr. Choe’s answer to this concern.

The vet's response to this question is only available to members of Dr.Tail Create a new account to access +100K cases in Dr.Tail.

  • 24/7 priority consultations
  • Analysis of the cause of the issue
  • Home treatments and care tips
  • Guidelines for vet visits
  • Vet experts matched to your needs
or continue with
Dr. Choe

The symptoms you've described in your Afghan Hound puppy – blood in the anal area, not eating, redness, and scabbing – suggest a possible skin infection or irritation, such as perianal fistula, which is an inflammatory condition that can affect this breed, or possibly an anal gland issue. These conditions can be quite painful and may lead to a loss of appetite due to discomfort.
For immediate care, gently clean the affected area with warm water and a mild, non-irritating antiseptic solution to prevent further infection. Ensure the area is dried thoroughly but gently after cleaning. To prevent your puppy from licking or biting the area and causing more irritation, you might consider using an Elizabethan collar.
Since your puppy isn't eating, it's important to encourage her to stay hydrated. Offer fresh water and try to entice her with a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, which can be easier on the stomach and more appealing when she's feeling unwell.
It's also important to keep the environment clean and free of potential irritants that could worsen the skin condition. Bedding should be washed regularly, and the puppy should be kept in a clean, dry area.
If you notice symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or if the skin condition worsens, these are signs that your puppy needs to be seen by a professional immediately. Additionally, if the redness spreads, if there's a foul odor, or if the puppy seems to be in significant pain, these are also indications that immediate veterinary care is required.
Remember, while these steps can help manage symptoms, they are not a substitute for professional treatment. A veterinarian can provide a thorough examination, possibly including tests like a skin scraping or culture, to determine the exact cause of the symptoms and prescribe appropriate medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.
Keep a close watch on your puppy's behavior and symptoms, and if there's no improvement or if she seems to be getting worse, seek veterinary care promptly. It's also important to discuss a vaccination and flea and tick prevention plan with your veterinarian to protect her overall health.
If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.