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    Can't believe I'm posting another problem so soon 😞
    George (I'm pretty sure) is in agony with his tail pocket I have put out an S.O.S. on Facebook for a good experienced bulldog vet in Ireland just waiting on a reply. But he is in very bad form barking at nothing and bouncing around on his butt way more than normal. Also he started looking up snapping at the air licking and then he started drooling like crazy. He never normally drools except water drops after he drinks. I had just given him his painkiller for his toe so I don't know if it's that or if it's part of the tail pocket problem.
    So sorry to be constantly asking questions but you are all so good and helpful you calm me down. Right now I'm super uptight I want to fix him so he can enjoy life. 😢😢😢

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    Default Re: Licking the air!

    Ekk. so sorry... and poor George! He may benefit greatly from a tail amputation if he is consistently having issues. The licking air could for sure be from his tail pocket area bothering him. What medication did they give him for pain? Tramadol? That shouldn't cause the licking or drooling.

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    A painkiller for his toe is Meloxicam.
    He just can't settle at all he's running around and sitting then jumping up and running somewhere else. I'm so upset. I've emailed a vet that was recommended so hopefully I will get a reply soon.
    Thanks I hope it is the tail causing the licking and drooling (if you get me) and not another problem.

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    agreed.... sounds like the tail pocket is really bothering him --- poor fella! If you can get in there and give a good wipe/cleaning it may give some relief

    no worries on the questions -- it is why we all come here .... help and support and well, cute bully faces
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    agreed.... sounds like the tail pocket is really bothering him --- poor fella! If you can get in there and give a good wipe/cleaning it may give some relief

    no worries on the questions -- it is why we all come here .... help and support and well, cute bully faces
    Nope he will not let me near his butt at all I held him yesterday and he nearly bit my arm off. I have an appointment with a different vet tomorrow for a second opinion and he was a very nice man sounded very understanding when I explained the situation a lot nicer manner than the one I've been attending. If not I have a third option but it is a long journey for George if I have to go to the third option few hours drive. It would be better to get him help closer to home if I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    Nope he will not let me near his butt at all I held him yesterday and he nearly bit my arm off. I have an appointment with a different vet tomorrow for a second opinion and he was a very nice man sounded very understanding when I explained the situation a lot nicer manner than the one I've been attending. If not I have a third option but it is a long journey for George if I have to go to the third option few hours drive. It would be better to get him help closer to home if I can.
    OK -- keep us posted and best of luck at the new vet ..... fingers and paws are crossed
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    OK -- keep us posted and best of luck at the new vet ..... fingers and paws are crossed
    Thanks those cute paws crossed will help I'm sure ��

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    So just back from the new vet. He cleaned out George's tail pocket under sedation he said it was very bad and very irritated. We have another round of antibiotic with an anti inflammatory in also he is to stay on his pain killer for a while. We are only to clean it twice a week. He recommended we flush it out with a puppy shampoo water mix (mostly water). Flush it out and if I can get some diaper rash cream in there it would be good. He gave me the little syringes to flush it with. I asked about a tail amputation he didn't rule anything out but said he would like to give it a try with this first and if it happens again he will look at operating.
    I was much happier with his attitude he was not dismissive of our concerns about George he also looked after his cracked toenail by putting some medical glue on it.
    I'm feeling a lot better that we can manage this situation and if it can't be managed that we have the option of surgery.
    Also he wants to see him for a follow up in 3 weeks which is a lot more than the first vet.
    He is sleeping in his crate now as he was very irritated after the procedure but hopefully he will be ok now.
    Thanks for keeping the fingers and paws crossed for us xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    So just back from the new vet. He cleaned out George's tail pocket under sedation he said it was very bad and very irritated. We have another round of antibiotic with an anti inflammatory in also he is to stay on his pain killer for a while. We are only to clean it twice a week. He recommended we flush it out with a puppy shampoo water mix (mostly water). Flush it out and if I can get some diaper rash cream in there it would be good. He gave me the little syringes to flush it with. I asked about a tail amputation he didn't rule anything out but said he would like to give it a try with this first and if it happens again he will look at operating.
    I was much happier with his attitude he was not dismissive of our concerns about George he also looked after his cracked toenail by putting some medical glue on it.
    I'm feeling a lot better that we can manage this situation and if it can't be managed that we have the option of surgery.
    Also he wants to see him for a follow up in 3 weeks which is a lot more than the first vet.
    He is sleeping in his crate now as he was very irritated after the procedure but hopefully he will be ok now.
    Thanks for keeping the fingers and paws crossed for us xxx
    Good to know he got him all cleaned out..... can you get witch hazel where you live?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Good to know he got him all cleaned out..... can you get witch hazel where you live?
    Yep I have a couple of bottles in the house already for him I use it on his eye folds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    Yep I have a couple of bottles in the house already for him I use it on his eye folds.
    use it for the tail too.... it has a natural drying agent so there is no concerns about the moisture building up again. I know the vet sat to flush with water, but that will keep it moist/wet which is not want you want
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    @Evilo

    Izzy has a deep pocket too. I always keep at home a prescription ointment I get at her vet called KBT. If you need me to get more information for you I can do that. I buy a syringe with this medication and use when area gets very irritated. If I clean Izzy's 2x a day it will bleed.... so I do 1x every other day. When it gets bad I just use this ointment (it looks like vaseline but it was medication on it) and leave alone for a week. It's wonderful!

    She also licks the air... but every time I touch her behind she licks the air! She loves when I do it.... lol.

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