Rectal Itching in Dogs

Rectal itching in dogs is a relatively common problem. If you've ever seen a dog scoot across the carpet or the floor in your home, it is likely due to rectal itching. This form of itching can be an isolated issue or it may be a symptom of a more serious condition. In either case, for the sanitary concerns associated with the issue and for your pet's overall health, it's important that you address the situation as soon as you can through the appropriate means. Read on for a brief overview of the causes and treatment options for rectal itching in dogs.

Rectal Itching Overview

Rectal itching is defined as any abnormal itchiness of the area surrounding your dog's anus. This may be persistent over a longer period of time or it may be isolated in unique and separate instances. The frequency and severity of the itching can play a key role in the ultimate diagnosis of the cause of the problem itself.

There are many potential causes of rectal itching in dogs. One of the most common is allergies. Just as allergies to items in the air or food ingredients can cause the other parts of your pet's body to become irritated and itchy, so too can they cause rectal itching in pets. This is particularly true for food allergies; as the allergens pass through your pet's intestinal tract and exit his body as waste, they oftentimes continue to bring about allergic reactions, including itching of the rectum. Another common cause of rectal itching is an inflammation or an infection of the anal glands in your pet. These glands are situated around your pet's anus and can become infected due to the proximity to harmful bacteria.

Rectal Itching Diagnosis and Treatment

For allergy related rectal itching, the best way to deal with the problem is through prevention. It is likely that there will be other signs of the allergic reaction throughout your pet's body. These may include the following:

  • Irritation throughout other parts of his skin
  • General itchiness
  • Open sores or lesions
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing and choking

A veterinarian can run a battery of tests on your dog to determine the cause of his allergic reaction. By then eliminating the offending allergen from your pet's environment as best as possible, you'll help him to avoid rectal itching and the other symptoms on this list.

For infections of the anal glands, the best way to deal with this issue is through antibiotics. Your veterinarian will need to investigate your pet and make a proper diagnosis. He can then give you oral or topical antibiotics to help to remove the bacteria that have caused the infection in the first place. Proper hygiene and grooming can help also to remove the bacteria and to prevent further infections of this part of your pet's body.

As with other itchiness symptoms, it's important that you observe your dog for signs of other medical issues when you notice rectal itching occurring. Inform your vet of any and all other signs that you are able to detect.