Tips & Information

Tips & Information

  • Vet Answers: Why does my dog chew on her tail?

    by Petsecure Pet Heath Insurance | Jan 05, 2018



     Q: My dog chews her tail and bum area until raw. What can I use to stop this? 


    A: Before addressing what you can use to stop her chewing, it is important to determine what is causing it in the first place. Once you know the cause, the treatment should become clear.

    One of the most common causes is a problem with your dog’s anal glands. Anal glands are a pair of small sacs located on either side of the anus that are filled with a brownish-black, foul-smelling fluid. Both dogs and cats have these glands and they are thought to be similar to the scent glands in a skunk. The purpose of the anal glands in dogs (and cats) remains unknown. 

    Anal glands rarely cause a problem in most pets. This is because their contents are usually expelled during a bowel movement or with exercise. However, anal gland infections can occur and this can lead to irritation and pain, leading to excessive licking and chewing of the area.

    There can be several reasons for this. For example, if the anal sacs become impacted or plugged up, irritation and/or an infection can occur. Bacterial contamination of the glands from the stools, food allergies, intestinal parasites, obesity, lack of exercise, and even tumours can all lead to anal gland problems, resulting in chewing and licking the hind end.

    Manual expression of the sacs by your veterinarian or trained support staff usually clears up the problem. In some cases, the problem may persist and the glands may need to be expressed on a regular basis.

    If the anal glands are okay, then food allergies, behavioural problems (such as OCD-obsessive-compulsive disorder), injuries, arthritis, and skin diseases rank high as possible causes.
    Because there are so many possible causes and so many possible treatments, having your Yorkie examined by your veterinarian is highly recommended.

  • TIPS WHEN BRINGING HOME A NEW PET

    TIPS WHEN BRINGING HOME A NEW PET

    In 2015, Petsecure's Adoptsecure and Breedsecure programs saw over 54,000 pets go to new homes! If you’re bringing home a new pet, keep these tips in mind so that everyone has an enjoyable experience.
    Jan 18, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Is your dog afraid of thunderstorms?

    Is your dog afraid of thunderstorms?

    Storm phobia appears to be more complex than other types of fear-related disorders, because there are multiple triggers that influence an individual dog at the same time. Veterinary behaviourists feel that the phobia is more than a severe reaction to loud noises.
    Jan 18, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Wildlife encounters with your dog: Hiking safety tips

    Wildlife encounters with your dog: Hiking safety tips

    While most animals will stay away from humans and dogs, we do need to be mindful of possible encounters when travelling in these areas. Check with the regional conservation or natural resources office for advice about hiking and camping in specific locales.
    Jan 18, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Vet Answers: Is my dog eye injury causing aggression

    Vet Answers: Is my dog eye injury causing aggression

    If the eye is cloudy, there is a possibility that the eye could be infected or that your dog may have glaucoma
    Jan 18, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Pet Safety Tips for Summer

    Pet Safety Tips for Summer

    Heat and sun can pose a serious risk to pets, so keep the following in mind to enjoy summer
    Jan 18, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Why You Need Pet Health Insurance

    Why You Need Pet Health Insurance

    With plans available to suit all budgets, and multi-pet discounts, your pet can have the accident and illness protection they need.
    Jan 18, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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