Last week we noticed our dog licking his privates quite a lot. I picked him up and noticed he had a swollen genital area and a slight secretion. We have taken him to the vet and received some antibiotics, but they do not know what the problem is. He had a urine test and an x-ray, which showed he did not have kidney stones, however, there was a slight trace of blood in his urine. After one dose of the medication, his swelling went down and he doesn't need to lick, we have a cone on his head, but when we take it off he doesn't attempt to lick right away. The vet has said to bring him in after the medication is done to have another look. What do you think he may have? Also, they suggested to feed him the soft, canned dog food as it helps prevent kidney stones in small breeds. Is this true and necessary? I look forward to your response. Thank you for your time.
If he does not have kidney or bladder stones or crystals then I feel the food does not need to be changed. Your vet may have another reason for changing the food such as abnormal urinary PH. Many dogs will lick when they have a urinary tract infection. vetcare