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Lump or Swelling – Anus

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP and don’t let your dog irritate their hind end

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • Monitor your dog carefully – if your dog becomes very lethargic, painful, or vomits, contact an emergency veterinary clinic.
  • Be careful when handling your dog – the affected area is likely painful and they may bite.
  • Don’t let your dog bite/lick at their hind end. Put a cone on them if you have one.


Why it’s high priority

Anal gland issues that have progressed to a visible swelling require veterinary intervention as they are unlike to resolve on their own

  • Lumps and swellings have a wide range of causes, including insect stings or bites, bruises or strains, fractures, abscesses, and tumors. Your vet may need to examine your dog carefully to determine the exact cause.
  • In this case, it is possible that your dog has an impacted anal gland, which requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.


Home care tips

Keep your dog calm

  • Try to keep your dog calm and quiet, and restrict exercise to only bathroom breaks
  • Learn more about skin lumps and masses in dogs


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