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What is Rectal Itching?

Rectal itching can indicate a variety of issues that could lead to more serious complications. If you feel that your furry family member is experiencing bouts of rectal itching that go on for prolonged periods of time, or that keep reoccurring, you will want to investigate the cause. An anal sac disorder or a tumor may be the problem, which are both conditions that cannot be left untreated.

Rectal itching is described as periods of licking, scratching or scooting by your dog, which appear indicative of irritation or discomfort in the anal area. A relatively common occurrence in canines, rectal itching should be checked by your veterinarian because it can signify a problem that should not be ignored.

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Symptoms of Rectal Itching in Dogs

The symptoms of this condition are very straightforward. Your canine companion will most likely exhibit the following behavior if suffering from rectal itching.

  • Scooting or rubbing his behind along the floor
  • Licking around the tail or anus
  • Scratching or biting the area around the tail or anus
  • Your dog may appear restless or even distressed about the itching

Of course, there could be additional symptoms, (like odor or pain) that accompany a disorder that may be the cause for the itching.

Causes of Rectal Itching in Dogs

  • There are several reasons why your pet could have rectal itching.
    • Flea allergy
    • Food allergies can present with itching of anal area
  • German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Chocolate Labs, Poodles, Boxers, and Weimaraners are predisposed to food sensitivity
    • Anal sac issues like full anal glands or infection of anal glands
  • Smaller breeds tend to have anal gland impaction and other related problems
    • Yeast infection of the skin around the anus
  • Basset Hounds, German Shepherds, West Highland White Terriers, Shih Tzus, Malteses, English Setters and Cocker Spaniels are prone to this infection
    • Tumor near the anal area
    • Perianal fissures (ulcers and cracks in the skin of the rectum)
  • German Shepherds have a larger quantity of apocrine glands in the anal canal and thus, can have more chance of fissures, but other breeds Beagle, Bouvier des Flandres, Spaniels, Irish Setters, Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, Labrador Retrievers and English Bulldogs are known to have problems as well
    • Fecal contamination causing irritation of skin in anal area
    • Passing of tapeworm segments can cause itching

Diagnosis of Rectal Itching in Dogs

The diagnostic process to identify the cause of the rectal itching can be a complex one. Your veterinarian will begin by asking questions about the recent health of your pet.

  • How long has your canine companion had the intense itching?
  • Is the itching constant or intermittent?
  • Does he seem distressed, or just mildly bothered by the itching?
  • Is he itching other places on the body besides the rectal area?
  • What do you feed your dog?
  • Have you traveled recently?
  • Has he been ill lately?

The veterinarian will want to do a physical examination. Depending upon how cooperative your dog is, he may or may not need to be sedated. For example, in the case of perianal fissures, there may be a fair amount of pain, making a rectal examination impossible without a sedative.

The veterinarian will need to check for swelling, and look for skin issues. In the instance of a suspected yeast infection, a skin scraping or swabbing will be necessary in order to view possible organisms under the microscope.

If a food allergy is the likely culprit, an eight-week food trial will be done. Your dog will be put on a veterinary prescribed elimination diet. The previous diet will be re-introduced after the eight week period. In most cases, your dog’s condition will improve on the elimination diet, and if an allergy is present, it will return within two weeks of your pet being back on the previous food regimen.

Treatment of Rectal Itching in Dogs

The extent of the treatment of the rectal itching will depend upon why your animal family member is experiencing the itching. If there is a tumor present, surgical removal might be required. Other scenarios could include the following.

  • Anal gland issues
    • If the glands are full, the treatment will be a simple expression of the gland. If there is an infection, a prescription for antibiotics will be given
  • Tapeworm infection
    • The itching may be caused by tapeworms; in that case, oral or injectable medication will eliminate the infestation
  • Yeast infection
    • The yeast (malassezia pachydermatis) will need to be removed with bathing using a veterinarian prescribed shampoo, or in some cases with additional oral treatment or topical medication
  • Perianal fissures
    • Stool softeners, antibiotic therapy, and perianal cleansing will be advised; in particular instances, more extensive treatment is needed

As always, follow your veterinarian’s instructions diligently for a favorable resolution to the itching problem.

Recovery of Rectal Itching in Dogs

Relieving your pet of the irritating itch will be a great relief to him, and to your peace of mind. There may be extensive clinical follow-up required. If this is the case, be sure to keep all appointments and check ups even if your canine companion appears to be back to normal. Rectal itching can return if the initial cause or underlying disease is not resolved.

While your pet is on the prescribed medication or diet changes, you may need to have him wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent your dog from scratching or biting the anal area. This is important because healing cannot take place if your dog is continuing to irritate the area.

Dietary adjustments may include added fiber (if the situation involves anal glands). Diligent flea control will be part of preventing the recurrence of tapeworm. Good grooming practices, taking care to ensure that the anal area is clean, will prevent further irritation for your dog.

Rectal Itching Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Heidi
German Shepherd
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

My dog has been recently in the last week licking her anus and tail area, that area seems more red than normal. There is no sign of fleas or anything else wrong in the area, just the redness. She is on a good diet, normal exercise and monthly flea prevention medicine. She has never had issues in the past.

Hi, we have a 10 year old Shepard with anal gland issues and intense licking, now a smelly fluid and it’s gotten so bad he will bleed under stress or certain foods. We found that it was a auto immune issue with food allergies to poultry all along. Chicken, duck, turkey trigger these issues in some dogs and certain breeds, and also bad quality food with by products, grains, fillers. We found a healthy pet food store and directed towards a whole fish diet. Origen/Akana brand has freshwater fish or ocean fish, or new simple ingredient fish, which is whole food prey diet with basic ingredients no meal. We may think our dogs are on high quality food but the truth is the Companies are not honest. Science diet push by veterinarians is actually chemically hydrolozed food and meal which he had no luck on. Switching to a fish based diet with hard food and simple ingredient salmon soft food has made a huge difference. If he eats too many meat treats or changes food his butt will begin bleeding heavily again. His glad issues won’t go away as we caught this too late in life, but wish we knew about this allergy much sooner.

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Buster Helms
Dachshund
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking of butt

My mini dachshund, buster, has always had anal gland issues. He has to have them expressed at dr Boyce’s every 2-3 weeks. He has now started licking his behind constantly. Did not do this before, as I was looking him over I touched where his glands are so lightly and a light lime green/yellowish color liquid came out. His glands secretions are red/brown colors. I am worried he has an infection, it’s Sunday so no vet til morning. Suggestions ?? He is blind now, has been for 3-5 months. But this just started. Help.

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Domino
Dalmatian
1 Year
Moderate condition
7 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Awful fishy smell

My dog Domino would let out a fishy oder after licking his butt somewhat often. I took him to the groomer where they expressed his glands where they said it should fix the issue of him letting out the fishy oder because his glands really needed to be expressed. It has been over a week now and his licking has gotten much worse and he has been licking and letting off the fishy oder much more often than he was before he even got them done. I am worried he could possibly have an infection or maybe it is just a habit.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Anal glands can get infected, or impacted, and may need further care. It would be best for him to be seen by a veterinarian, and be examined to see what is going on with him, and what the best course of treatment might be.

Are there any home remedy’s for any of these problems

bailey my shih tzu is 3 yrs old this is second time hez bn 2 vet which thy said he has an ulcer on his bottom,it has puss and blood coming out of ithez on antibiotics,y does this infection keep coming bk

Wat do u use for it

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Bridgee
Schnauzer/shituz mix
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

rectal itching

My pup, is 8 years old, female Schnauzer that recently found out she has bad kidneys. She has been licking her anal for over a month now. She seems to have a clear discharge also. She licks almost constantly. The vet when I asked about the anal licking she expressed the anal glands......but it continues. What can I do???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally clear discharge from the anus is indicative of anal gland disorders; however other conditions like parasites, food sensitivity or foreign objects may also cause this bue are uncommon. It would be a case of keeping an eye on things and havings Bridgee’s anal glands checked regularly. An x-ray or another exam may be useful in determining a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My shytzu-bichon keeps rubbing his behind on the floor or outside it has been about 2 months, what should I do??

Hi my dog is 2 years 11 months ... he has been itching for about going on three days. He's been licking his anal and biting on his tail what can that be ?

My schnauzer is constantly sitting on her butt moving in circles. Her hind end is very red. What could the cause be?

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Bella
Chihuahua mix
2-1/2 yrs
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at anus

My Chihuahua mix is 2-1/2 yrs old and for the last couple of months, she has been licking her anus more than I think is normal. Sometimes she will do it suddenly during the night as if it itches. Licks for a bit and then may lick some more as if the problem did not resolve.
Have never had her anal glands checked but had a vet recently tell me I should not have to have them expressed if I feed her healthy dog food and no table scraps, which we do. Her stools look healthy and no worms. She seems healthy otherwise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an itchy anal region which include anal glands (they my need expressing anyway regardless of diet), parasites, tumours, perineal hernia, faecal contamination of skin among other causes. It would be best to get her wormed and clip the hair around the affected area and bathe it regularly in case of any irritation; if the issue persists you should return to your Veterinarian just for a quick check of the anal glands to be on the safe side as there are other issues which may affect them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yes my dog is a teacup chihuahua and he scratching from his bottom

My schnauzer has been sitting on butt spinning. Her butt is all red. What could this be?

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Elvis
chihuahua mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching and biting of

I have a chihuahua and we took him in to the vet about two weeks ago for tapeworms. They gave him a shot! He has been licking and biting the anal area constantly! He seems distressed! What can I do!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Elvis is still irritated around his back end, he should have a recheck exam to see what else might be going on, and how best to treat it. Any number of things could be going on with his anal area, and your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and recommend the best course of treatment for him.

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mason
American Staffordshire Terrier
6
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Anal Discharge

my6 year old american Staffordshire terrier developed an anal restriction in March, we have taken him to the veterinarian several times- they have done several exams as well as X-rays an no insight to what the restriction is or what is causing it. He is on stool softener the vet has prescribed to him, but he is still straining so much when going poo, urinating is not a problem - the only suggestion the vet has for us is to take him to the vet hospital an allow them to place a balloon up inside him that may help determine the cause, but it also brings the risk of something rupturing. The anal gland had ruptured about a week ago an he is currently being treated for that. I just want to find Mason some relief- any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated
Masons owner

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Narrowing of the anal canal may be caused by a variety of different problems (usually scar tissue from trauma resulting from biting or passing a foreign object); the treatment of the underlying problem will help when treating the actual anal constriction. Treatment can be difficult if the sphincter is damaged as there is a risk of permanent damage to the anus. In some cases, symptomatic treatment (stool softeners etc…) is the only course of treatment; balloons, stents etc… may be used with variable results. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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PJ
Jack Russell
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My dog has began to scoot and lick his anal area, it doesn't happen all the time but he seems to be in distress. I am not finacially able to take him to the vet is there something I could do at home to help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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One of the most common causes of scooting is impacted anal glands which if you cannot afford a Veterinarian, visit a groomer who may be able to empty them for you but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination in case it is something more important. Other causes may be allergies, infections, parasites, foreign objects or other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dusty
Minature Dachshund
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

irritable butt

Medication Used

Apoquel 3.6 mg
Omega Tri pump

My miniature dachshund had his anal glands removed due to a history of infections and problems. Now, Months later, he continues to drag and lick his butt and appears to still have major discomfort. We've tried vet recommended diet changes, but nothing seems to help. He is on a flea and tick med and has none. there do appear to be a couple of "pimple" type bumps in his butt.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pimples on the perianal area may cause some discomfort and may be due to irritation or infection; rectal itching or scooting may be caused by anal gland disorders (but they are removed), parasites (I would still recommend regular treatment with a anthelmintic), infections, irritation, food allergies among other causes. Without examining Dusty I cannot give you an indication to a cause or treatment but if you are seeing pimples, try to bathe the area twice a day with dilute chlorhexidine (or similar product) and ensure you dry the area effectively afterwards; but it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look especially considering the history with the anal glands. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Where would I find to buy the dilute chlorhexidine

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Scrappy
Chihuahua, beagle
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odor
Rash
red skin rash around anus
red skin rash under belly
biting his bum area
Strong odor as rotten egg,

My 6 yrs old dog has been digging, biting, scooting, licking around his butt area. He has more than several spot of rashes under his belly and around his butt area. Occasionally his skin has strong odor that almost made me gag. We don't give him table scraps and we fed him chicken with broccoli and green beans plus Minties treat once a day. Vet said he has skin allergy but never had this problem before until 8 months ago. My dog had cortisone shot many times and it got better but only lasted 2 weeks then got worse again. What else can I do when our vet just keep giving him shots which is not cheap plus they are not helping.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs may develop allergies to food or other items over time, even if they have been fed it all their life; if food allergies are suspected an elimination trial should be tried. Other causes may be due to anal gland disorders, infections, autoimmune disease among other causes. I don’t have a quick fix for you but would recommend getting another opinion from another Veterinarian in your area to see what they make of the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tessie
Mutt
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching and biting butt,
Bad odor
Rubs butt on floor

Breed: Chow Chow, Akita, Labrador Retriever, American Staffordshire Terrier, Maltese, Japanese Chin

My dogs licks and bites her butt on the daily. She will do it every 5-10 minutes and willdo it for 30 seconds each time. She also rubs her butt on the carpet floor and has a bad odor. She's been doing this for about half a year now but has been doing it more and more each month. She loves the outdoors and rolls in the grass all the time. She is fed Pro Plan dog food and various types of Treats. We also will give her human food from time to time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most common cause for rectal itching (or scooting) is a dog’s anal glands which may need to be emptied; expressing the anal glands is a straightforward procedure which your Veterinarian or some groomers will do on a regular basis. Other causes include parasites, anal gland tumours, wet soiled hair around anus, anus trauma (from biting etc…) among other causes; a simple visit to your Veterinarian would confirm this problem, it may be a case that Tessie requires her glands to be emptied on a regular basis (if this is the cause). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr. Beans
Boston Terrier
4 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My dog lost his brother a little over a week ago, so we thought daily park visits would lift his mood and keep him active. However, we previously avoided "shared" spaces with unknown dogs/ poop. He loved it but less than a week of this and he is now"itchy". He's had several baths, wipes of duoxo, as well as watered down iodine to clean the area. I should mention, he only acted like his feet itched, I have yet to see fleas, hot spots, or inflammation of any kind. Today I noticed in our own yard he sat like he was going to "scoot" but didn't. That's when I realized he can't reach his bum so maybe that's why he was biting his feet? He is very protective of his bum, not letting me wipe him... I kept at it and when he finally let me get a towel near it he started biting at me like dogs do when biting fleas. Since I haven't seen fleas or noticed the sight or smell of impacted glands, could he have gotten worms or something from the new park?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Changes in environment or routine can lead to dogs picking up something or causing a change in their internal physiology. Rectal itching may be caused by impacted anal glands, anal tumours, allergies, faecal contamination of the skin, passing of worms (or segments of tapeworms) or infection of the skin around the anus. Sometimes dogs will get a new ‘flavour’ on their feet when they walk and will lick their paws, the licking can cause irritation which leads to them being itchy. It is possible that he picked up something at the park (statistically speaking with all the dogs there); call your Veterinarian and ask for a prescription for worms and monitor the level of itching around the anus and his feet. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

The reason people type up their questions to you is because most of us can't afford the vet and need help to get the problem fixed without being charged an arm and a leg. If these doctors would just look and tell you the problem or fix the problem but no they have to take blood, x rays, stool samples and 10 other things they charge you for. Why can't you just tell us how to express the gland. Lawsuit????

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Marley
American Staffordshire Terrier
1.5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi. My dog will be two in OCTOBER. He has almost a CONSTANT itch and is ALWAYS chewing or locking his tail from the base of it by his and to about mid tail. He's been doing this for as long as I can remember and we got him at 8weeks old.
I've also recently (within the last 3days) noticed that he is now "scooting".....
He's also been going to the bathroom in our home although he is very well trained to tell us that he needs to go out. Please Help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Constant itching at the base of the tail may be a sign of long-term allergies. Rectal itching may be caused by impacted anal glands, anal tumours, allergies, faecal contamination of the skin, passing of worms (or segments of tapeworms) or infection of the skin around the anus. With the scooting and incontinence, there may be an infection or problem with the anal glands. A visit to your Veterinarian will allow him to check Marley’s anal glands and to feel for masses around the rectum. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is a five-year-old Schnauzer it seems like since we had her fixed three years ago she has done nothing but run in circles and bite at her behind and scream sometimes this goes on for hours sometime she doesn't do it at all for a couple of so far looksdays. Lots of time she starts to hyperventilate it bothers her so much. I have taking her to four different veterinarians everyone has told me something different so far nothing has helped can you help me help her she is a miserable

i have pamalion dog age 11 yrs at night he licks his back and get irritates what's the matter?

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Mojito
Chihuahua dachsund mix
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Anal licking
Anal Itching

My dog recently started to lick and drag his behind. The first time it happened so though it was weird but didn't think anything of it. Now he is doing it more often and I find him dragging his behind every 10 minutes. Because of if the holidays during a barbaque we did feed him scraps of meat and chicken. Could this be because of a food allergy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rectal itching is normally attributable to anal gland disorders (which may be triggered by food allergies in some cases) or something irritating the anus such as parasites or faeces (if it gets matted in hair). If the region is clean, the anal glands may need to be expressed or there may be an anal gland disorder; either way, you would need to visit your Veterinarian to have them expressed and checked for any anomalies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luther
Black Lab
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My 8 yr old male black lab spins in circles to scratch his butt. He gets anals expressed every 4 weeks. He spins just about daily sometimes numerous times a day. He had a perianal fistula 5 yrs ago. His rectal skin looks red at times. It breaks my heart to see him uncomfortable. What should I try? Thank you for ur time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Luther has continuous issues with his anal glands and he is constantly attempting to bite himself, I would suggest discussing with your Veterinarian about the possibility of removing his anal glands since from a welfare point of view it is clear irritating him long term with no direct relief. Antibiotics may help, but I would look into surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koba
American Pit Bull Terrier
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My pitty just experiencing itchy butt for the last 3 days now. He didn't have it before until my sister brought her dog over and her dog has flies. Wasn't sure if that cause the itching problem. I look at his butt and poop I don't see any worms. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rectal itching may be caused by anal gland issues, tumours, parasites, skin irritation, yeast infection or food allergies. Simple problems like anal gland impaction can usually be treated by your Veterinarian expressing the glands and emptying them it is a simple procedure that some Veterinarian’s don’t charge for (included in the price of the consultation). Therefore a visit to your Veterinarian is required to diagnose the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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dash
Chihuahua
6 1/2 weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

my puppy is plunking his but on the ground and biting his back paws and scrathing his ears real bad. just started yesterday a d he is wining cannot sit or sleep for long when he used to sleep all night. i was feeding him bentiful dogfood since tues. and now i put him on Arcana puppy food yesterday. what could be wrong please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dietary changes can cause problems especially if a dog has an allergy to an ingredient in the new food, I would move back to the old food for a while to see if the symptoms decrease in severity. The rectal itching may also be caused by parasites, anal gland issues or other irritation; but most likely the change of food is the culprit. Move back to the old food or choose a sensitive diet, after you see improvement reintroduce a new food slowly and look for similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bumi
1 Year
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Diarrhea
Redness
Itching

My dogs rectal is very itchy and he keeps licking and irritating it. I cut off some of his fur around his bum because he smear some of his feces when he was doing his business on his fur and I decided to clean it up by snipping away some of that fur. I guess it irritates him and he bit off a lot of the fur around his anus. It's really inflamed right now and he keeps scooting his bum across every surface. I tried to ice it but he didn't like it. I don't know what to do... I put him in a cone to prevent him from further irritation. I was wondering if I would be able to put some neosporin around the area to soothe him and maybe bandage him up a little in the surrounding areas. I can't bring him in to the vet until Monday and it's currently Saturday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. It isn’t just a case of treating the area around his anus, but to find out the underlying cause. To stop him from biting it may be worth getting an Elizabethan collar which would limit his movement and he wouldn’t be able to lick or bite the area. Irritation in the area can be caused by impacted anal glands, parasites, fungal infection or from irritation from diarrhoea. Finding the primary cause will help resolve the itching. A visit to your Veterinarian to check the anal glands and to give Bumi a physical examination to find the primary condition. Until you visit your Veterinarian, keep the area around the anus clean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

A dog is a living being and if you decide to have a dog it is your responsibility to take care of it, as if it were your child. Shame on you for criricizing the care of God's creatures.

Why is treating this so damn expensive??? You guys act like you're treating CHILDREN! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!

I nocited tonight gave my dog a bath his anal area was swollen and he keeps rubbing on the carpet and licking it and it's read what can I do to help him till I get him to the vet on Monday

Hi, my Dog is about three years Old. We gt him from the pound and he hasn't shown any Bad signs. He always Bites and Licks his butt( sometimes wines while doing it) He also has a lot of fleas, but we have tried everything! Help!

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Gino
bull mastiff, pitbull
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, scratching, depressed

my dog he has red between his paws and always licking and biting in between his toes and he is always bitting his private area and licking and it is all ready down there I have no what to do about it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Repetitive biting and licking may be caused by a few different causes including irritation from saliva from being licked previously or from an infection (bacterial or fungal) as well as small foreign bodies. Initially it would be best to bathe the affected areas in dilute chlorhexidine twice daily and to prevent further licking and biting either by telling him no or by a cone. If there is an infection present, medication would be needed to help recovery, your Veterinarian would need to see Gino in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He sits on carpet ands spins also on grass

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Stella
Labrador
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

My dogs anal area of tail has a rash. It looks dry with hair loss and faintly red. What do you suggest? She’s had this before and the doctor wasn’t quite sure, but gave antibiotics that seemed to work. He also squeezed her anal glands to check for infection. Now it is back and not sure why. Is there such thing as eczema for dogs? My dog is a lab beagle mix

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Common causes for a rash around the anus include anal gland problems, flea allergies, other allergies, and bacterial infections. Dogs don't get eczema, to my knowledge. Without seeing Stella, I"m not sure what the cause of the rash might be, but it would be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian before is worsens. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Maverick
German Shepherd
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

Hello. I have a german shepherd/border collie that is two year old. He has always licked his butt in the past but lately he is constantly do it and won't stop. After he licks he seems to be out of breath. We recently moved states 3 months ago. He's poop is solid. Any feedback would be great.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Licking of the area around the backside most likely is due to anal gland issues which are quite common in German Shepherds; it would be advisable to have them checked and expressed if required. Being out of breath may be due to the position needed to lick the area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cash
Boxer
21 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Licking

Hello,

My almost two year old male dog (he's a rescue mutt, so his breed is a mystery) has always done a little licking around his anal area but it's become more intense and constant in the past couple days. He isn't scooting and I'm relatively certain not having any trouble defecating. He has also always nibbled at the side of his tail and sometimes his sides, which I took for dry skin and usually give him fish oil to combat. He and his littermate sister are given regular flea and tick meds and eat Science Diet brand food as of a month ago (previously Purina Pro Plan). They do spend a few hours total each week at a dog park/wooded area near our home in Tacoma, WA. He's a VERY skiddish and anxious dog and the 4th of July has been really difficult for him - he wouldn't go outside for almost a full 24 hours between the 3rd and 4th. Is it possible the licking is from holding it? Or even a nervous habit? I am planning to go have his anal glands expressed at the groomer's today to see if that helps before resorting to a paying for a vet visit. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for irritation around the anus which may include behavioural disorders but may also include allergies, anal gland disorders, parasites, foreign objects among other causes; it would be a good starting point to get the anal glands expressed, but I cannot confirm that this would resolve the issue. Try to keep the area around the anus clean in cases there is some irritation from passed faeces. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 7 year old chihuahua terrier mix that just visited the groomer last week. Every visit which takes place evey 6 weeks he has his anal glands checked and expressed. Only after this last visit from the time he got home he has had extreme redness around the anus and has been scooting his butt in circles constantly across the carpet. He also seems to be annoyed as he cant seem to sit still and keeps licking at his tail. There has been no recent change to his diet and as mentioned has neve returned from the groomer with this issue. I know there are creams and sprays I can try but should I be more concerned. Is this a situation where I should immediately take him to his vet? Any help is greatly appreciated. I will also say every once and awhile he smells fishy if he gets into something he shouldn't which hasn't been the case for quite some time but since return from groomer he has had that smell. Thank you!

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Riddick
Boxer
5 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Bleeding, Irritation,

Our adult male Boxer has been having issues with small black flying & biting insects attacking his anal area & under his docked tail. I have to scrap them off with a damp paper towel & my finger nails. They leave little bites that bleed once they are removed. What are these crazy little insects that are hurting him and how do I prevent these attacks?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different types of bugs which may affect a dog and the types of bug would vary depend on where you live; you should call your local Veterinarian (they’ll know what is in your area) to ask what is prevalent in your area as they may be able to advise you over the phone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Klair
terrior mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

butt scooting, red & inflammed

The last two times my female dog has been groomed, she has developed an intense irritation around her urethra area that lasts for 2 weeks. What can I put on this area to relieve her irritation and make her feel better?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure where Klair has her irritation, as her urethra is inside of her body. If the irritation that she gets is around her vulva or anus, the may be trimming that hair too short, and letting them know when they groom her to leave that hair a little longer might help. If the area is itchy and irritated for as long as two weeks, it would probably be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at the area and prescribe any treatment that might help her be more comfortable.

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Kato and Elsa
Boxer
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

scootching
constant licking of anus.

Medication Used

Hydroxyzine

Both of our dogs have an obsession with licking their anuses. We have had their anal glands checked several times and everything is happening naturally and all is well with those glands. We have had them tested for parasites and infections and nothing shows up. The only thing I can think of is their food. The food is homemade with some natural organic kibble added in the morning and at night. The homemade food is usually spinach, zucchini, carrots, with either salmon, chicken, beef or lamb, all organic as well. We are going to try changing their food entirely for two weeks, although my husband hates to admit his homemade food may be the culprit. Kato is half husky and the rest a boxer mix. Elsa is pit and boxer mix. Elsa was rescued from the streets of Tijuana, Mexico. What are your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The licking of the anus may be a learnt behaviour, but it is also possible that there is something in their diet which is appetising when it is coming out; it would be useful to change the diet to a normal commercial kibble but they may still lick due to habit. You should therefore distract them when they try to lick each other and keep them apart when you cannot oversee their behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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paul
Chihuahua
12 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness, Itching , Licking, thrist

She is a mix of a Chihuahua and Canine but her vet says her species to be just Canine.Around the bottom area is red and it drivers nuts. It also bothers her a lot when she try to sleep. She is always licking it, and it gets bigger each day. When she takes showers and i try to clean the area she starts to cry.sometimes she starts to make noises and like it, she also squats down like she is going poop and rubs it on of rough surface.I'm wondering if its a bug or something.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for rectal irritation which may include anal gland issues, parasites, foreign objects, tumours, polyps among other issues; you should clip the hair around the anus so that you can clean with a chlorhexidine wipe regularly (especially after defecation) and you should ensure that she is up to day on worming treatments etc… You should also have your Veterinarian take a look to check for other issues like tumours and polyps. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mouse
Boston Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scooting? Spinning

Medication Used

Claritin

I wasn't sure where to post this since I'm not exactly sure what category it falls in. My dog will be 5 in 2 weeks, she's had this "problem" since she was 1. It started out that she would sit on her bum and spin in a circle (never scooted across the carpet ever though). What's odd is when she does it, she does this odd thing with her mouth where she tilts her head up and is kinda licking her lips like it's involuntary. At first she would do it every so often and sometimes it seemed like it would just hit her all at once and whatever it was she was doing, she'd immediately stop and start spinning. We've talked to our vet several times about it and even provided videos so they could see her actually doing it. At first we thought it was her ears because she's had problems with ear infections, when we couldn't fix it, we thought maybe dry skin or allergies, then when that couldn't fix it, we thought possibly anal gland issues, but that's also not it as we've consistently had her expressed once a month for the past several years. Recently it's become much much more frequent that she does it to the point where if she's awake, she's likely doing it. I'm at my wit's end because we just cannot figure out what's making her do it. The vet thinks it may be a behavioral thing at this point since they're as baffled as we are. Any advice? By the way, she does take a Claritin daily (for other reasons).

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Rexx
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
Straining To Defecate
Itching
Licking

Hi
My German Shepherd is going to four in September 8th now I notice he has itching and licking his rectal area

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. With the symptoms you described: straining to urinate, licking, itching, straining to defecate; I am concerned with the straining to urinate and defecate (the lick and itching may be secondary to the straining to defecate). Usually prostate enlargement would cause problems with both the urinary and intestinal tract, more common in older intact males, it can affect any age of male dog. Prostate enlargement may be caused by benign or malignant tumours; but in a dog of Rexx’s age bacterial infection would be more likely. I would visit your Veterinarian to examine Rexx’s prostate as well as his glands surrounding his anus (as they are a common problem in german shepherds). Please note that without personally carrying out a physical examination along with any diagnostic tests, the information provided is purely informative and isn’t a definitive diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My shin Tzu has started sitting weird and earring at his butt...al day and now he has vomited 6 times in a half hour. We can't get into the vet until Monday morning. What can we do. Ha hasn't eaten his dinner but is drinking lots

I need to start out saying this is my friends dog and she ask me to comment. Her Ahsa Lopsa is now 11 years old. He has been scratching his bum for years to the point you would believe he is losing his mind. I have had his glands cleaned 2 times in 8 days and still has it done frequently. It has not stopped, he is over weight so he licks the air all the while he is scratching up against door frames, shoes etc. I then take a rubber brush and lightly scratch his bum for a few minutes and he is satisfied. For the last 6 months he has been sliding on the carpet to scratch his penis. He also, is scratching his ear and his eye needs to be cleaned out every few days. Is eye will be closed about every 3-4 days with a massive bunch of green discharge. The vet the rectal itching is from glands I DO NOT believe that I'm thinking he has a bad fungus problem. I will say this great sweetheart is a very picky eater! He eats only dog treats most of the time and he refuses to eat ANY dry food. Started giving him Cesar's food for small dogs mostly treats. She will also give him human cupcakes, cookies whatever she also feeds him people ham & turkey lunch meats. He is close to 37 pounds way overweight. I'm sure most of the itching from his diet but do you think he could have a fungus? I will say he sleeps constantly and he has really slowed down on eating. We are very worried and we can not get any kind of medicine down him he will not take he smells it in everything. Oh one last thing about 4 months ago he started having a dry cough & gagging. Thank you

Our shitz tu started dragging on the carpet this evening hadn't done it is there any over the counter meds we can give him his a year old

she also doesn't want to go down the stairs to go potty I don't know it's almost like she's traumatized

My dog is about 2 years old and she has been sitting and scooting the last couple days and I looked at her anus and it looks a little red and a little poofy I don't know what that is

My dog stay outside but I've noticed they are licking an eat at there but area an dont no why

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Bubba
Chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Scooting/Scratching

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes of scooting and scratching in dogs, these include anal gland issues, parasites, trauma, food allergies, faecal irritation and infections. A visit to your Veterinarian may be required to check Bubba’s anal glands and to determine the cause of the problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cockapoo has been scooting and iching above his tail, I thought nothing of for a while but its still happening. I just put coconut oil on his butt because it's dry and I don't have the money to go the vet, is there anything else I can do from home to help my dog?

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JJ
RAT TERRIOR
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

growling, licking, showing teeth

My rat terrio1r is about 2 years old. He has been licking the wall for many months but I did not think that it was an serious issue but he starts to growl suddenly while he is sleeping and tries to reach his short tail or anus. Fortunately, he can never reach there. He does this in every 10 minutes at night.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Licking of the walls falls into a category called pica which is eating (or attempting to eat) non-food objects which may be attributable to a dietary deficiency; attempt to lick or bite at his tail or anus may be due to numerous reasons which may include infections, parasites, anal gland disorders, foreign object obstruction among other causes. Due to the varied nature of the possible causes, it would be best to have a once over by your Veterinarian to check anal glands and a general checkup; also prevent him from licking the wall or any other non-food surface or item as toxins may build up or sensitivity may develop. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/pica

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Felly
Pit terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking scratching

Hi my dog Felly 5yr old pit terrier has started licking his lower back oand top of tail toward his butt, and won't stop.I know its driving him crazy but he is losing hair and getting more inflamed every sec.I tried everything from baths to medicines to the cone I can't get him to wear Please help my dog

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for this level of licking and biting including: flea bite dermatitis, anal sac disorders, hot spots or back pain. Anal sac disorders are quite common and if Felly cannot reach to the perineal area she will lick the closest point she can. Try to bathe the affected area twice per day and to stop further licking and biting which is easier said than done; I would recommend having your Veterinarian check Felly’s anal glands for any problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxii
German Shepherd / Catahoula
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting
Itching

Roxii has been scooting, biting, licking and showing strong signs of irritation for about 4 months now. Her vet thought it was a simple bladder infection and we tried antibiotics but nothing changed. We have recently changed her food as well and aside from a weeks worth of diarrhea nothing has changed. We have also recently moved into a smaller home and she has become an inside dog though the problem still consists. We’ve also had her anal glands looked at but they were empty and in great shape. The anal area and the very top of her tail has no hair from her bitting and it’s veey dry, it also has red spots and anytime we lift her tail she tries to run away from us. She will mess with her anal area very often and has recently not been able to go and stay asleep as the itching will wake her up. She has no problem going the bathroom and her poop looks healthy and solid though it’s been green since we changed her food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden dietary changes may cause faeces to be green, light brown or other colours whilst your dog’s gastrointestinal tract learns the new food. You should place a cone on Roxii to prevent her from licking or biting around her anal area and should stop her from scooting; bathing the area regularly with a dilute antiseptic is also a good idea with an antibiotic ointment applied topically. You should consult with your Veterinarian and ensure that Roxii doesn’t have any worms or other parasites which may be causing irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My german sheperd is 2 year old male he keeps licking and trying to bite his anus he bends and tries to poop but nothing comes out and i even saw a blood drop in his poop

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Dillon
West Highland White Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My dog is a west highland terrier, and is 5 years old. He was rubbing his butt on the floor for a few days and started howling yesterday as he was in so much pain. We took him to the vet and he had his anal glands cleaned out. Now it is the next day, and he still seems to be licking and trying to bite his butt. I am worried it is something more.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Dillon or knowing what might be going on with his anal glands, I'm not sure if he has larger problems, or if he is being sensitive. If he is still bothering with his back end, it would be worth either a recheck with your veterinarian, or a phone call to see if they can prescribe any anti-inflammatory medication for him so that he can be comfortable. I hope that he is okay.

My 12 year old westie has had a sore an us on and off for arpund a year now .I have been backwards and forwards to the vets and he has been on numerous different antibiotics the last time around 4 weeks ago the vet prescribed 2 together to counteract each other and that worked! For a week he was fine back to his old self again then it all flared up again . So I have now changed his diet and put him on some grain free hypoallergenic light food which he has been on nearly 3 weeks now. I bathe him everyday to keep it clean and although it doesn't look to sore at the moment it is still bothering him not sure what to do next as antibiotics only work for a short time .

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Ben
Bulldog
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My English Bulldog has a very itchy butt. We don't think it's on the outside because everything looks normal but when it does get itchy he squats down like he's going to poop but he rubs his butt on ANY surface (couch, our legs,blankets, etc...)! So I'm wondering if it's a bug or if it's just dried poop lining his anus or something else. Is there anything we can do to help him out?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rectal itching may be caused by anal gland issues, tumours, parasites, skin irritation, yeast infection or food allergies. Simple problems like anal gland impaction can usually be treated by your Veterinarian expressing the glands and emptying them, it is a simple procedure that some Veterinarian’s don’t charge for (included in the price of the consultation). Therefore a visit to your Veterinarian is required to diagnose the underlying cause; the first check your Veterinarian will make (after a regular physical examination) is of the anal glands; if they are clear, a more thorough examination will take place. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koda
German Shepherd
2 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Nasal Discharge
Itching And Licking
Watery Eyes
Koda is a neutered, 2 year old GSD. His perianal area is persistently itchy and red and has been this way for around a year. He licks at it vigorously at least several times a day. The first time I took him in, the area was yeasty and he was given oral medication and a topical antifungal cream. We also introduced plain yogurt into his diet per vet advice. The area didn't improve, so he was put on prednisone for 2 weeks. The prednisone seemed to help his anus somewhat, but did not help his watery eyes and runny nose (he has these year round). Claritin did not help either. Koda has always had problems with diarrhea. I have found several food formulas that do not give him loose stool, but the itchyness and redness persist. Should I look into an elimination diet for this? Also, could the watery eyes and runny nose be related symptoms or something else?
Brandon
Bichon Frise
6 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Redness
Mouth Odor
Itching
My dog is continuously itchy from his hind legs toward his butt and tail. He has been on allergy medication for a while becuase that's what the vet advised. Once the pill wears off and sometimes even sooner, he is scooting, rubbing against the walls, crying to be scratched, and clearly irritated by it all. The vet is now suggesting to change his food.. which I have done twice prior to this. Nothing seems to help and I feel as though there is a bigger issue. His fur in that area tends to get a bit oily and definitely feels different than the rest of him and sometimes the skin surface looks red and inflamed from his scratching. Sometimes he is constipated. Most of the time he seems what I would call full/bloated or heavy in the area. He is definitely wider near his butt. There is also a fold of skin at the base of his tail that is particularly a spot he loves to be rubbed. At this point I don't know what will help him, so any suggestions will help before we spend hundreds on any more tests.
Samson
Dog
2 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Itching And Licking
My dog has recently begun licking his backside fairly regularly. He will stop when told, but often will continue for a long time if not told to do so. I do not know what could be the problem, and I don't have any extra money to take him to the vet. The licking is the only symptom he has. His poop is normal, he doesn't seem to be in pain or uncomfortable. But still I worry because this has come about fairly suddenly. Are there any methods besides going to the vet that might help me rule out what it could be or if I really just need to try to save or go to the vet and make payments?
mego
Boxer
5 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Itching
My dog licks his anal area frequently. Gland has been expressed, but there is a clear, mild discharge which precedes the licking usually(terrible odor) Recently I have changed to grain free food and treats. Using baby wipes has helped to relieve the itching along with Benadryl. I plan to continue for 2 weeks to see outcome.
Bella
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Redness
Swelling
Increased Thirst
Poor Appetite
Bella had a head injury and started pooping blood and walking funny.
Josie
Hound Mix
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Anal Itching
My hound dog started this several months ago for the first time in ten years. I took her to the vet and had her glands cleaned out but she continued dragging her behind incessantly. She went back a month later and nothing had changed. The vet ended up finding a fatty tumor on her hind quarters which we had removed, but he didn't feel this was causing any anal gland issues. She is now home after surgery and is still dragging her butt around. Is there something I can apply topically to her anus to help with the itching? She has to be miserable from this!
Khloe
German Shepherd
10 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Itching And Licking
After being on vacation for a week, we came home to our female 10 yr old shepherd acting strange. She was watched at our home by family while we were gone. She has acted very strange, trying to hide under our bed, squeeze into tight areas and then biting her anal area to the point it is raw. I've given her Benadryl and put cortisone on it with nothing helping. Any suggestions?
Venus
Dog
2 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Licking Genitals
Drags Butt
Red Skin,
My Maltese poodle is experiencing redness, swelling and itching on both of her private areas. (She drags her private across the floor carpet or grass). I have tried to bring the swelling down with aloe gel and tone down the itching with oatmeal paste (thankfully it helps but not for more than an hour or so before it returns!) Her appetite was good yet has runny stool. Her symptoms acted up after giving her some treats I bought from a local store which may have set her stomach into flimsy. I spoke to a Vet Emergency Receptionist (over the weekend) and she suggested until I can bring her in - I could feed her bland chicken breast (boil all the fat out) and cooked white rice. Her stool is still runny! I'm not sure what to do.
Venus
Dog
23 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Drags Butt
Red Skin,
Diaherra
My dog has been having diarrhea, it started after giving her dog treats from a local nearby store. Just a small amount seemed to have really upset her stomach. I spoke to a Vet Emergency Receptionist over the weekend and was suggested until I can take her into a clinic to feed her bland chicken breast with cooked white rice. This has not helped her! Her vulva & rectum are red and a bit swollen. I have applied homemade Oatmeal paste (mixed with extra virgin olive oil & vitamin E oil) to bring down her itching followed by Aloe Vera Gel. This helps only for about an hour or so until has the runs again. I'm not sure what to do!
Bailey
German Shepherd
13 Months
Mild
Has Symptoms
Swelling
Hair Loss
Itching And Licking
Red Skin,
My German Sheperd has just started pulling fur and biting and licking her rectal area and it is red and inflamed. She has never had any problems before, just occasionally itching and biting at her bum. I have been giving her some medicine for itching but it doesn't seem to have much effect on her. I'm worried for her!
Zeta
Dog
4 Years
Unknown
Has Symptoms
Redness
Licking
Anal Itching
Within the last week our dog just now started really licking her anus. Like alllllll the time. She doesn't show any other signs of anything except that her anus is a little red now. She usually licks herself about once a month or so to "milk her glands" (yuk!!) but this is not that.
Maggie
Corgi
1 Year
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Licking At Genitals
Biting At Himself
My dog, Maggie has been licking at her butt. She also bites at the area. Thai is starting to worry me. She does it about 1 every 2 minutes. At night is when she is really bad.
Zada
Cane Corso
2 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Diarrhea
Rash
Anal Licking
Loose Stool
Gas
Hi. I've only had my rescued cane corso for 4 weeks. She is approximately 2-3 years old. She was severely malnurished and had bad shedding and dandruff. She was given all of her vaccinations at the shelter and spade, 2 weeks ago she went to the vet to get her stitches out, micro-chipped and to get preventative flea and tick medicine. She has been treated for fleas twice that I've none off (she never had fleas- just prevention care) I gave her the next gard chewable tablet 2 weeks ago. My husband and I have noticed her licking her bum quite a bit and then last night she had what looked like a hive on her belly, than today 2-3 more red irritated spots that she's licking. She also has loose stools and bad gas. We had no problems getting her on a good quality food when we got her except one day of diarrhea and some foul gas- the vet said most likely the food switch. I checked her for fleas- no dirt or redness any where else and no fleas she is also only licking and biting at her bum. I'm thinking food allergy as my toddler daughter has a habit of feeding her table food and snacks and my dog is quick to lick up her mess off the floor.