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Dogs can also get hemorrhoids. Yes, this painful and gruesome condition can also affect our beloved pets. For humans, hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels located in the lower anus or rectum. They are usually internal but can also protrude externally. Suffice to say, they are a literal and very real pain in the behind.
Since the anatomy of a dog is different from that of a human, they rarely ever get hemorrhoids. But when they do, immediate medical attention is required. They can happen when the blood vessels that are in your dog’s anus gets enlarged. The vessels go on to bulge, because of the increased blood flow.
What are the causes of hemorrhoids in dogs?
Dog hemorrhoids usually occur when there is a pressure in the rectal area, causing the expansion of the blood vessels. The expanded blood vessels will then have an increased blood flow, then causing the vessels to further bulge, forming hemorrhoids. Vets also believe that a bad diet coupled with poor muscle tone may also have a part to play in the development of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids could also be a genetic component.
What are the different types of hemorrhoids?
Just like in humans, hemorrhoids in dogs can be both internal as well as external. Internal hemorrhoids can be found below the anus’s lining, inside the rectum. External hemorrhoids can be found outside the rectum, directly under the skin. They cause moderate to severe pain depending on the location and size. They can also rupture, causing bleeding, and more pain.
Symptoms that your dog might have hemorrhoids:
The very first sign that your dog might have a hemorrhoid is when he starts itching his rear end. You will start finding blood in his stool. If your dog is suffering from external hemorrhoids, he may event take to dragging that area on the ground to relieve the irritation and discomfort. In the case of external hemorrhoids, you’ll be able to catch it quicker because they protrude externally, making them easier to detect and diagnose.
Hemorrhoids in dogs can be difficult to distinguish. They often get mistaken for fissures and tumors. It’s safe to get your vet to do a thorough examination before jumping to the conclusion that your dog has hemorrhoids.
How should you treat your dog’s hemorrhoids?
The treatment for dog hemorrhoids is pretty straight forward. So straight forward that you can even do it at home. Apply chilled witch hazel with a cotton ball, three times a day, to the infected area. To keep the witch hazel chilled, store it in the fridge after each use.
There should also be a change in your dog’s diet. Ask your vet about the right foods and he will help you come up with a diet chart that works for everyone. Adding fiber is key. Try limiting or eliminating dairy products all together. Get him to drink more water. Remember that it only hurts while it lasts. Hemorrhoids is a curable condition.