Similar to humans, dogs can experience anus and rectum issues. If you notice your dog straining when they squat to urinate or scooting on the carpet, haemorrhoids may come to mind immediately.
Haemorrhoids are enlarged and inflamed veins in the lower rectum and anus. They are caused by circumstances like persistent constipation, which put additional pressure on the veins in that area. People with hemorrhoids may experience itchiness, pain, or bloody stools.
According to Dr. Jerry Klein, the American Kennel Club's chief veterinary officer, dogs can't have haemorrhoids because the relevant veins don't experience increased pressure in dogs.
So what might be wrong with your dog's butt if haemorrhoids aren't the issue? The following are potential problems:
- Rectal or anal polyps: These tiny enlargements of additional tissue are uncommon and typically non-cancerous; nonetheless, the larger the polyp, the greater the likelihood may develop into cancer.
- Rectal or anal masses: These tumors may be cancerous or non-cancerous. Surgery is the only option for treatment, and it will be most successful if the mass hasn't already spread to other areas of the dog's body.
- Perianal fistulas: These persistent, foul-smelling wounds are caused by a tunnel-like structure in the skin between the anus' interior and surrounding skin.
If you notice your dog has anal or rectum issues, contact your vet immediately and have it checked out.