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My dogs anus is red and moist. Is this normal? He is 17

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My dogs anus is red and moist. Is this normal? He is 17 years old. Thx
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is he licking his anus?

2- How long has this been going on?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
He is not licking his anus, and prob noticed yesterday, but the redness has gone down a bit
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Friend, redness and swelling of the anus is not normal. This could be a sign of having full anal glands, allergies, infection, etc. to name a few causes. I would have him checked by family veterinarian for a hands on examination. In the meantime this is what you can do:

1- Do not let him lick the anus or the medication below. If he does pick up an ecollar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at affected area.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Wash area with this soap 2-3 times a day. If you do not find the above soap use over the counter antibacterial soap.

3- After washing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian.

Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about 17. How is everything going?
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