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My dogs rear end in inflamed and he is scooting on rough

Customer Question

my dogs rear end in inflamed and he is scooting on rough surfaces
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your dog?
Customer: dogis scooting on rear ended its inflamed
JA: Where does your dog seem to hurt?
Customer: rear end
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: rear end inflamed
JA: Is your dog eating normally?
Customer: yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is your dog having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: no
JA: OK. No obvious problems there. How is your dog behaving differently?
Customer: licking his rear end and scooting on his rear
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Casey 2.5 yrs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Casey?
Customer: no
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Is the skin around the anal sphincter inflamed or the anus is protruding outward?

3- Did he get into anything?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
thank you
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
two or three days and yes skin is inflamed and protruding
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

1- Does he have diarrhea?

2- Has he been straining?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no diarreah
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Pushing hard to defecate?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
he's been in salt water and pool
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

1- Has he been drinking the salt water?

2- Can you post a picture of his anal area?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
not sure he goes in the ocean and comes out
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

A very common cause for scooting is having the anal glands full; his anal glands may need to be expressed. The redness and inflammation could be secondary to self-inflicted trauma. It is also important to rule out a prolapsed rectum if you are seeing the anal sphincter protruding outward.

In this case, I would recommend a hands-on examination with your family veterinarian to check his anal glands. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Need to stop him from licking or he is going to delay healing and make it worse. Pick up an E-collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing the affected area.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy topical cortisone cream and apply to the inflamed skin 2 times a day.

3- Apply vaseline or ky jelly on the anal sphincter; do not let the part that is protruding outward get dry; use the vaseline or ky jelly as needed.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter