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My West ghland terrier rubs her bum on the floor. The area

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My West Highland terrier rubs her bum on the floor. The area under the tail
Is very red. The hair has been rubbed off. No other sign
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 7 months ago.

Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.

Does Holly lick or itch anywhere else on her body?

Has she had problems with her anal area before?

How long has she been rubbing her rear end on the floor?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
She has rubbed her bum for about 2 weeks. No she does not itch anywhere else but I have noticed that her skin almost grey on her tummy. She has no problem with her anal area before
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 7 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Are you seeing any swelling around her anal area?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No swelling at all but it's kind of grey around there
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Can I apply a cream or give her anti histamine tablet or so
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 7 months ago.

An ointment such as 1% hydrocortisone ointment could be helpful. The two main causes of redness on the anal area would be an anal sac (small glands on the inside of the anus in dogs) impaction/infection versus an allergy disorder. The best way to determine the exact cause would be to have your vet check the anal glands. Sometimes these glands can be full of a thick fluid that needs to expressed. If the glands are empty then Holly most likely has an allergy to either ingredients in her food or pollens in the environment.

If you would like to try the hydrocortisone cream first that would be fine - you can apply this ointment every 12 hours to her rear end. You can also try an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) at a dose of 1 mg per pound of weight ( 2 mg per kilogram) every 12 hours.

Hope this helps - please reply if you have any questions. Thank you!

Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 7 months ago.

If the home care treatments do not help in 48 hours though or she seems to be getting worse I would then take her to your vet to have the glands checked.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Ok, I will get there. Thanks and have a good night
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 7 months ago.

You are very welcome!

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