Your assessment results for:

Smelly or Bad Odor – Bum or Hind Area

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular hospital and don’t let your dog lick 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 they become very painful or the area bleeds in a continuous flow or drip, contact an emergency veterinary hospital.
  • If your dog is repeatedly licking at their hind end, put a cone on them to prevent them from traumatizing the area
  • Do not attempt to express your dog’s anal glands.


Why it’s high priority

A smelly hind end with other symptoms usually indicate an underlying condition that requires veterinary attention

  • Smell in the hind end is typically not an urgent matter. However, based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include anal gland abscess, skin tumor/growth and anal fistula.


Home care tips

Restrict exercise and avoid handling their hind

  • Restrict exercise to short bathroom breaks only.
  • If there is any bleeding from the area, you can use a clean cloth to wipe off some of the blood. If bleeding is excessive, you can put a diaper on them in the meantime to contain the blood.


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