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My dog has been licking s couple of days and it looks a

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My dog has been licking his butt for a couple of days and it looks a little pink and puffy
Am not sure what could be wrong but can I put anything on it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

In most cases an allergic dermatitis - allergies to environmental allergens or a food intolerance - will cause a pruritic (itchy) anus and anusitis. Applying an over the counter hydrocortisone cream thrice daily can be helpful. It's best to gently clean away any fecal soilage from the anus before you apply the cream. In severe cases, Sam's vet can treat with a dow dose regimen of a glucocorticoid such as prednisone which is antiallergenic and antiinflammatory.

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