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    I have a one year old neutered Maltese who is frequently licking his butt. I took him to the vet who examined him and found out that his left anal gland had to be expressed. It was the size of a pea. His right one was fine. The vet told me that if that doesn't work, he might have food allergies. Usually when a dog has food allergies he/she is pawing at their face and scratching their ears along with licking of the butt and dragging it on the ground. My dog has not been dragging at all. He licks after he poops but then during the day, he also licks it. I had him check for worms and everything came back negative. He doesn't paw at his face or ears. I am completely stumped. I wanted to get other people's opinion before I call the vet again. He said he could place my dog on a more natural dog food for allergies and possibly give him some benedril but I don't want to medicate him. He also eats only solid food and not soft food. Does anyone have any solutions to this problem?
    Thank you.

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    Los Angeles area

    Re: Licking Problem

    Benedril works on my mutts skin allergies.

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    Re: Licking Problem

    A friend of mine has a GSD who has anal gland problems (actually fistulas on both) due to food allergies. The only way they have found to keep the problem to a minimum is keep her on a special diet (duck and potato kibble I think). Anyway, they tried everything under the sun to treat this problem and it came down to keeping her strictly on this food. No other food is allowed or she will have flare-ups with bleeding and inflammation. I hope you find something that works for you and your dog.
    Stephanie ~ the critters human servant
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