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Within the past 24 hours, my poodle went from pooping normally to turds and now seems to be excessively licking his anus area. I tried warm water on the area. We have not changed his food, he does not eat human food nor does he like treats.  He only eats can food. What can I give him to help along the process?

Hello Deb,
It sounds like your dog could have full or even impacted anal glands.  The Anal glands are located on either side of the anus and provide scent along with the dogs bowel movements.  Normally they release small amounts when the dog has a poo, but sometimes they get blocked up and they can cause the dog to not be able to correctly pass feces.  
Your dogs Vet or Groomer can express these glands and allow for normal bowel movements.  Call for an appointment and let them know that you think your dog has full or blocked anal glands.  

I hope this helps you some.  If you have other questions or concerns about this or other Poodle questions in general, please feel free to ask me.

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Kim Wingate


I can answer general questions about Poodles. My specific area of expertise is Standard Poodles, but I will answer all questions about Poodles and dog related questions if I can. If I can't answer your question, I will be able to find information or someone who can.


I am a Dog Groomer and Dog Trainer, who has raised Standard Poodles for over 25 years. I can answer Housebreaking questions, Obedience/Training questions, Grooming questions, Breeding questions, and General Dog questions. I can also give SUGGESTIONS about general Health questions, but as I am not a Certified Vet, I cannot and will not diagnose illnesses. If you think that your dog is seriously ill, please contact your own Vet.

I am a member of the American Kennel Club.

I have worked at several Pet stores in my area, worked for a year as a Vet Tech, was an apprentice for a Dog Trainer, and have also worked at a Grooming/Showing kennel for several months. I have also raised, shown, currently train, and groom my own Standard Poodles, and have for over 25 years.

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