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.

  • Parasites THAT THREATEN YOUR PETS

    Parasites THAT THREATEN YOUR PETS

    Tips and information on Parasites that threaten your pets
    Apr 01, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Ask the Vet: hairballs

    Ask the Vet: hairballs

    Our cat brings up hairballs on a regular basis (about every 2-3 weeks). Is this a serious problem and should we do anything about it?
    Mar 28, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Best Dog Breeds to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with!

    Best Dog Breeds to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with!

    It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and celebrating the Irish culture doesn’t only apply to humans: The Emerald Isle is also home to a number of dog breeds.
    Mar 14, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Water and Ice Safety for your Dogs

    Water and Ice Safety for your Dogs

    It may not be noticeable to the naked eye, but ice can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick a few yards away. When everything is melting in Spring, it’s best to keep yourself and your dog completely off the ice.
    Mar 09, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Walking the Dog Day

    Walking the Dog Day

    Did you know that February 22 is National Walking the Dog Day? While the origins of Walking the Dog Day are unknown, the message behind it is positive, as it encourages owners to get off the couch and get outside with their dogs.
    Feb 22, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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  • Travel Tips for You and Your Pet

    Travel Tips for You and Your Pet

    Many Canadians enjoy going on vacation and traveling during spring break. Wherever you’re headed, keep these travel tips in mind when bringing your pet along for the adventure!
    Feb 21, 2017 | by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
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