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Inflamed Anus (Prooctitis)

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Condition Overview

Inflammation of the anal skin can be caused by pseudoconstipation. Repeated bouts of diarrhea, especially in puppies, can cause an inflamed anus. Other causes are insect bites and worms. Irritation of the anal canal is caused by the passage of bone chips and hard stools.

Symptoms

Straining is a common sign of proctitis. Other signs are scooting, licking, and biting at the rear.

Causes

Diagnosis

Treatment

Irritated anal skin can be soothed by applying an ointment such as that described for pseudoconstipation. Clean the area thoroughly first with warm water and a mild soap

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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