Inflamed Anus (Prooctitis)
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.
Straining is a common sign of proctitis. Other signs are scooting, licking, and biting at the rear.
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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