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Smelly or Bad Odor – Bum or Hind Area

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your nearest emergency hospital and don’t let your dog lick their hind end

  • Contact the emergency hospital before travelling to ensure they can see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions.
  • During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the smelly hind end.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination that makes this an emergency. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. Depending on the diagnostics the vet wants to run, it may be more useful if your dog has an empty stomach.
  • If your dog is repeatedly licking at their hind end, put a cone on them to prevent them from traumatizing the area


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog’s symptoms in addition to a smelly hind end indicates a potentially serious condition

  • A smelly odor on its own is unlikely an emergency. However, based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a severe condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include foreign body, growth inside the bowel, and internal bleeding. These situations are time sensitive and require ER veterinarians with specialized equipment (though some regular clinics may be able to treat your pet).


First aid tips

Restrict exercise and avoid handling their hind

  • Avoid handling the hind end if possible – your dog is likely painful and may bite.
  • 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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