My dog chewed the fur off of his tail, it’s raw and has been bleeding, what should I do?

My shih-tzu poodle has chewed the base of his tail raw. When we noticed, he had already chewed off all of the hair, and now the wound has gotten bigger and I can’t get him to stop licking/biting it. He has been treated for fleas and worms, and I tried an e-collar so that I could put some ointment that I got from the pet store on it, but he can still reach the afflicted area and lick the medicine off. Our groomer has been on vacation, so he’s a few weeks late for a haircut, and I noticed that the fur in this area is matted, could that have anything to do with it?

I’ve read that whenever a dog bites the base of his tail, it’s because his anal glands are clogged. The solution is really simple, just take him to the vet and the vet will take care of it. It could also be food allergies, and a vet could also let you know if that was the case.
If he’s chewed his tail to the point that it’s bleeding, then taking him to the vet is really the only solution you have, no matter what the cause is.

6 Responses to “My dog chewed the fur off of his tail, it’s raw and has been bleeding, what should I do?”

  1. ladystang says:

    take to vet and get treated
    yes
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  2. Nikki says:

    He might have mange, but for now until you can take him to a vet you can put bag balm on it. Just apply it relatively liberally around the wound and on it. Don’t let your dog bite/itch at the wound.
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    Raised dogs my whole life

  3. Colleen says:

    I’ve read that whenever a dog bites the base of his tail, it’s because his anal glands are clogged. The solution is really simple, just take him to the vet and the vet will take care of it. It could also be food allergies, and a vet could also let you know if that was the case.
    If he’s chewed his tail to the point that it’s bleeding, then taking him to the vet is really the only solution you have, no matter what the cause is.
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    Dog books I’ve read

  4. Chris says:

    Because he was matted in that area it might be a hot spot. This is caused by moisture being trapped against the skin by heavy coats or mats. A hot spot starts out as a red, itchy, moist spot. The dog licking at it only keeps it wet so it gets worse. Ointment isn’t great either because it keeps the area moist also. Gold bond medicated powder dries it and soothes it. If the dog won’t leave it alone then you need to wrap it LOOSELY with a bandage. Just enough to keep the dog from getting at it but not enough to stop the air from getting to it and allowing it to dry out.
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  5. samantha says:

    my beagle bites himself there all the time due to allergies (not food but others) and i usually just give him a bath and put hot spot medicine on it, it is a liquid so he will not be able to lick it off it dries rather fast.
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  6. B says:

    Go to the vet and get a cone for your dogs head if you can just so he cant hurt himself any more otherwise just put the ointment on and some neosporn helps too. Cut off any tangled hair cause that can cause a problem and a bath could help. Id take him to the vet to ask for a cone though cause that will stop the biting/licking and will let the cut heal. And maybe going to like a petsmart groomer can help.
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