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Old 01-07-2016, 04:47 AM
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dog chasing tail and whining. Health issue?

My 1.5 year old pug recently started to chase her tail/try to bite it and whine. During the day she'll do it no more than twice and it is very brief but when it is bedtime, she will chase her tail/try to bite it and whine for about 5 minutes before settling down to sleep. I don't think it's something in her tail because she lets me stroke it and doesn't appear to be in pain. I thought it might be an anal gland issue so I had them expressed but she still cries every night. She is eating and behaving normally. She is my first dog so I am unsure of what this could mean. Is this a health issue or behavioral? I don't know if it is related but I also noticed that a week ago she was licking everything (couches, her bed, my clothes). she stopped a few days later. Today I noticed she was licking/nibbling on her back paw so now I am thinking it is allergies and she chases her tail because she's itchy?
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:25 AM
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If you can eliminate food allergens that'd be excellent. I feel like 99% of the time, tail chasing is because of a board dog who needs more excercize.

As far as licking everything--female dogs lick, that's what nature teaches them to do. Besides that, dogs are often oral learners and they learn what is food and what is ineadible by licking.
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Thanks for the reply. I think she might be allergic to the cesar wet food we have recently been giving her. Her behavior started around the same time we started giving it to her. I have also noticed that it doesn't matter what flavor the food is, she is still tries to bite her tail/ is itchy. I've decided not to give it to her for a week to see if she improves. Unfortunately, she loves it and will eat very little of her dry food if it is not mixed in. Does anybody have any recommendation on what wet food I can replace it with (preferably one that isn't too expensive)? or any tips to get her to eat her dry food?
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hmmm are you sure it isnt her anal glands being full and needing emptied? Jessie would often do that chase tail and whine or bark at it when they were really bothering her. Aside from that there would be really fishy smells , scooting etc.
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how long ago were the anal glands emptied? just seen that sorry! other thing it might be is trying to get comfy. could be boredom too.
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Thanks for the reply. I think she might be allergic to the cesar wet food we have recently been giving her. Her behavior started around the same time we started giving it to her. I have also noticed that it doesn't matter what flavor the food is, she is still tries to bite her tail/ is itchy. I've decided not to give it to her for a week to see if she improves. Unfortunately, she loves it and will eat very little of her dry food if it is not mixed in. Does anybody have any recommendation on what wet food I can replace it with (preferably one that isn't too expensive)? or any tips to get her to eat her dry food?

Sometimes simply mixing in warm water will do the trick. Wet food is fairly bad for dog's teeth. I made up a mix of warm water and chicken bullion to wean one of rescues off of wet food.
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