This post gets detailed. If you’re not used to talking about the poop end of things, run away!
Last weekend, a friend and I took our dogs for a walk. Our dogs are generally indifferent to each other once they sniff hello. Near the end of my visit, her dog suddenly took a strong interest in Boomer’s back end. Thought it was odd but didn’t think of it again until a few days later.
Due to a temporary change in routine, Boomer went to big dog daycare this week for three days. Although there were a few new dogs since his last visit last year, the main pack was the same. When I went to pick him up the first day, the owner (she’s a hardcore lab person) asked if Boomer had been around an intact female in heat. Apparently, a lot of the male dogs (neutered and not) were treating him like he was one. They had to group him with females to give him a break from all the attention. They said the dogs were better behaved whenever Boomer went for a swim in the pool. They suggested I take him to the vet and perhaps ask for the adrenals to be checked.
I called the vet clinic to see what they advised. The vet tech phoned back, left a message that said my vet thought it was a behavioural issue of submission (Boomer) and dominance. I disagreed but didn’t have time to follow up. When I told the dog daycare owner, she vehemently disagreed. She pointed out that dogs who played with Boomer before were now acting differently towards him and that he was not a submissive dog. My thoughts exactly.
The next two days, the report was the same. By Friday, male dogs (neutered or not), one female dog and a four-month old puppy were also persistently harassing Boomer. I asked the groomer to check his anal sacs. They were full but not impacted. She expressed them and noted the colour was darker than normal. Then, before I could stop her, she checked for polyps (said there were none). When she held up her gloved hand, there was dark blood on her fingers (she said she hadn’t scratched any surface).
For the second time, the owner strongly recommended I take Boomer to the vet. With blood involved, that would be a yes. Adding to that, Boomer has recently been acting constipated on and off but no blood in his stools. Thought of adding pumpkin to his meals but he was still doing his business regularly (which the daycare staff confirmed), so didn’t think it was anything serious.
The mention of blood netted an appointment (a rectal exam and probably blood work) at the vet’s. They’re busy unfortunately, so not until Tuesday.
No swimming at the dog beach until I know what’s going on.