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Dog's anal area is black

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    Dog's anal area is black

    Hi everyone. I have a male dog who is a shih Tzu terrior mix. His anal area has turned black..Ive done research and I plan on taking him to the vet since this can indicate an infection.



    My biggest concern is what the vet will charge. Does anyone have an idea of what test they will perforn to see why his anal area is black? And has anyone been through this problem? What is the price you had to pay?

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    depends on where you are and where you go, some tests are more expensive that others and some anti biotics are pricey. If money is the issue you can try to locate a vet teaching school or vet teaching hospital, their prices are usually much lower because they are students working under a licensed vet. And they are more thorough. It could be something as simple as expressing the anal sacs. If the stools aren't hard enough to empty the sacks it builds up and they need to be cleaned out. Does he scootch his butt across the floor or rug? That is a sign they need expressing.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    No. He doesn't scootch and when he licks his butt his breath smells fishy....sorry....too much nasty info 😟

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    Its one of three things, first the anal glands need to be expressed, could be something with the thyroid or just a little infection in the anal glands
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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