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    I just have a quick question. Today my lab was laying on the ground and his tail was still wagging around like usual and I look over and his rear end looked a little swollen. So I grabbed his tail and lifted it up a little and he growled at me. I kind of jumped back because there isn't a mean bone in his body and he caught me off guard. I yelled no at him and left it alone. Just a few minutes ago he was sitting next to me and I was petting him again, and touched his rear legs and he did it again. This time I grabbed him and gave him a firm no. He is six months old and I'm curious if his "jewels" are sore or his anal glands need to be taken care of... Kind of odd, he is a SUPER happy dog. This just kind of caught me off guard. I know there are some dogs who don't like their tail touched but even if this is the case I want to nip this problem in the butt before some little kid grabs it.

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    He's telling you that it hurts and to leave him alone. If there is obviously some swelling around the anus, he could have swallowed something he shouldn't have and had trouble passing it. Think about passing a peach pit. If there is some odor going on, take him to the vet and get him looked at. Could be infection, impacted anal glands, or worse. We had to put down a wonderful golden due to cancerous growth located between anus and base of the tail at a young age, so it happens.

    Dogs do not show pain if they can help it, it makes them appear weak. It is a defense mechanism in that it keeps the other members of the pack or other animals from attacking them since they are perceived as a weak link in the hierarchy.
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    Guess you won't know what's going on unless you look. I too would give a stern correction for the growling and then stand him up or lay him down, whichever you're more comfortable with, and gently look. Praise him if he behaves!

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    I just had a look and it doesn't seem to be swollen or discolored but he did growl initially when I moved his tail and touched his paw.

    He seems to be walking normally and his stools are the best they have ever been lately. I'm just curious if he is protective of his "boys"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazman7 View Post
    I'm just curious if he is protective of his "boys"
    Not at all.... that's just a special human thing

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    Hes in some kind of pain, I'd get that dealt with first and see whats up. If he truly has an 'issue', it will resurface again. Until that I'd watch for it. Some dogs react defensively to pain. I'd make sure that he doesnt have a medical issue first before I clean his clock for growling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicole View Post
    not at all.... That's just a special human thing
    DARN RIGHT!!! They are VERY special to me!
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    Pls take your dog to the vet.
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    Ok thank you for the replies. I will give them a call this morning. I just thought I would ask because I'm sure this vet bill won't be a cheap one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazman7 View Post
    ..... I'm sure this vet bill won't be a cheap one!
    they never are,
    good luck with the pup.
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