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what do dog hemroids look like

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i think my dog may have hemroids... he has a red swollen area on his anus
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Jessica,

Dogs don't get hemorrhoids in the way humans do. It's possible your dog has a problem with his anal glands.

The anal glands are 2 sacs on either side of the anus at about the 4' o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. If your dog is continually licking their anus and dragging it, it could also indicate that they are full. This problem can usually be resolved by emptying out the glands. To empty them or express them, you will want to cover the area with a tissue and press your finger on the dog's anal glands with an upward motion. A foul smelling liquid should come out. If nothing comes out and your dog appears to be in pain, you should take him to the Vet. Your vet can do this easily, as he is experienced at it.

Excellent site on anal glands

Dogs can get rectal tumors or polyps as well and it's also possible your dog may be experiencing a rectal prolapse. You can read about that here.

Hope this information helps.