I have a 4yr old mixed with long hair (especially her tail). She has developed this irritating habit of licking the base of her tail.
Several months ago, we thought this had to do with the glands around her anus, and took her to the vet.
The vet expressed the glands, and found that the dog had worms, and prescribed medication for the worms.
The dog no longer has the worms, but she is still licking in that area.
We have done a little observing, and it now appears that she is licking the base of her tail, not the anus.
While I held and petted the dog, my mom picked up her tail and checked. It is very difficult to see anything with all the fur, but there does not appear to be anything obvious.
Since we have already spent over $200 on the vet for this problem, and none of us can afford another vet bill, my mom thought maybe we could do something ourselves.
She applied some Lanacaine anti-itch cream to the base of the tail while I held the dog.
At first she was very resistant, and kept trying to pull away. But after a few tries, it seems that she realizes that we are trying to help her, and even feels better after the cream has been applied. That could be just that the act of applying the cream scratches her itch, and she feels better.
So, now we are going to try the Lanacaine twice or more times per day and see what happens.
But at the same time, I am wondering whether there is any other cream that would work better for dogs.
Since she has so much fur and hair on her tail (and everywhere else), it is difficult to apply the cream. Perhaps a spray, or a liquid would work better. I don't know.
Also, what might be causing this itch? Could it simply be something like Athlete's Foot, or Jock Itch?
Since the dog doesn't keep her tail up most of the time, that area doesn't get much air, and thus I can imagine that there might be a problem there.
I really want to treat this myself, since we cannot afford the vet right now.