Rectal prolapse in dogs most commonly occurs when one puts too much pressure and strain on the anus. If your dog suffers from a rectal prolapse, it is very important that you take him to the vet as soon as possible to treat this condition accordingly.

To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of rectal prolapse in dogs, read on.

Rectal prolapse in dogs

If you notice that your dog’s anus is protruding, it is normal that it can cause you alarm and concern. Rectal prolapse in dogs, although not very common, causes a bulge of anorectal tissue. This means that this tissue will come out of the dog’s body through the anus.

This leakage generally occurs as a result of considerable stress and / or pressure. This bulge usually occurs in cases of severe constipation, diarrhea, fecal impaction, anorectal obstruction, or bladder obstruction. This type of prolapse can also occur during a dog’s pregnancy or delivery.

There are several types of prolapse, which depend on the externalized tissue, among them:

  • Mucosal Prolapse :The mildest type of anal prolapse in dogs and is limited only to the lining of the anal canal.
  • Complete prolapse: more severe, where the prolapse can be visibly seen.

Rectal prolapse in dogs: symptoms

When it comes to a mucous prolapse in dogs, you will notice a red, inflamed donut-shaped ring that will protrude from the animal’s anus. This type of anal prolapse in dogs is often mistaken for canine hemorrhoids.

In cases of complete anal prolapse in dogs, a red or pink cylindrical mass will appear. This type of canine anal prolapse requires immediate veterinary attention and if not treated accordingly, this exposed tissue can suffer irreversible damage. If you notice this prolapse, we recommend wrapping the outer tissue in moistened gauze until your dog sees a vet, keeping it protected from external factors.

Rectal prolapse of the dog: treatment

Treatment of anorectal prolapse in dogs will depend on the type of prolapse. The prolapse of the mucosa in the treatment of the dog will depend on the cause. Most of the time, treatment will include softening the stool so that it is easier to pass. For more information, take a look at our soft diet for constipated dogs.

A vet will treat this condition accordingly. Not only could the most appropriate antibiotics be prescribed (if necessary), but they will also be able to offer you a suitable and easy-to-digest diet for your dog.

Rectal prolapse in dogs: home remedies

It is important to know that these home remedies will not cure a rectal prolapse, but they can help relieve symptoms. Some of these home remedies include:

  • Offer your dog a small tablespoon of olive oil to aid in the evacuation of stool.
  • Make sure your dog drinks enough water.
  • Offer him wet food.

However, all of these remedies should only be done under the supervision of your veterinarian. A complete prolapse treatment is more complex and may require surgery.

Dog rectal prolapse: surgery

Treatment of rectal prolapse in dogs will depend on the severity of the prolapse. In more serious cases, it will require surgery. In milder cases, the vet will make a temporary suture forming a pocket around the anus.

In the event that the prolapsed tissue is necrotic (dead) and irrigation is interrupted, the surgery will become more complex.If you think your dog is experiencing rectal prolapse, we recommend that you go to the vet as soon as possible for tests and necessary exams to your partner. Call us and we will give you an appointment as soon as possible!