Do Dogs Get Hemorrhoids?

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According to VetInfo, dogs can get hemorrhoids even though it is rare for this to occur. The condition results from the enlargement of blood vessels in the anus because of pressure and unusually high blood flow.

Canine hemorrhoids need to be treated right away, VetInfo advises. Hemorrhoids occur because pressure is exerted on the blood vessels in the anus or rectum. Those blood vessels bulge, resulting in pain and bleeding. Poor diet is one possible cause of hemorrhoids in dogs, but some dogs are more genetically predisposed to hemorrhoids than others.

Owners need to be mindful of the first signs and symptoms of this issue. VetInfo mentions that an early sign of hemorrhoids is an unusual itchiness in the area. Sometimes a dog drags its bottom on the ground to relieve the itching. This is followed by blood in the dog's feces. In order to treat hemorrhoids, an owner must apply medication to the area several times a day and alter the dog's diet by increasing fiber and decreasing dairy products. The dog needs to engage in regular exercise and receive plenty of water to aid in bowel movements. Because hemorrhoids are so unlikely, owners need to consult a veterinarian in order to rule out tumors and fissures.