What You Should Know About Your Dog’s Bottom

As a pet parent, you may have noticed that your dog's bum is often wrinkled. While this may be normal for wrinkly dog breeds, others may have a problem with their bum that needs to be addressed. In this post, we will discuss what you should know about your dog's wrinkly bum.

Picture of two french bulldogs with tails visible

The Anatomy of a Dog's Bottoms:

The bum is made up of three main parts: the anus, the rectum, and the perineum. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is eliminated. The rectum is the section of the digestive tract between the anus and the rectum. The perineum is the area between the anus and the scrotum.

Are All Dog's Bottoms Created Equal?

Dog's bottoms are not created equal. Some dog breeds, such as Bulldogs and Pugs, have more wrinkles than others. This is due to the structure of their face and body. Other dog breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, have less wrinkles. This is because they have a longer snout and body.

List Of Common Bottom Problems in Dogs:

There are several common problems that can affect a dog's bum. These include:

  • Tail Oozing: This is when the dog's tail secretes a thick, yellowish discharge. This is often caused by an infection or allergies.
  • Tail Pocket Infection: This is an infection of the dog's tail that causes it to become red, swollen, and painful.
  • Itchy bum: This is when the dog feels an intense itchiness in their bum. This can be caused by allergies, parasites, or other skin conditions.
  • Excessive Scratching and Biting: If your doggo is scratching or biting their bum excessively, it could be a sign of fleas, allergies, or other skin conditions.
  • Yeast Buildup: This is when there is an overgrowth of yeast on the dog's skin. This can cause the skin to be red, itchy, and inflamed.
  • Impacted Anal Gland: This is when the dog's anal gland becomes full and unable to empty. This can cause the dog to scoot, as well as have a strong odor.
  • Scooting: This is when the dog drags their bum along the ground. This can be caused by an impacted anal gland, allergies, or other issues.

How To Treat Bottom Problems in Dogs:

Treatment for a dog's bum problem will vary depending on the cause. Tail oozing and tail pocket infections can both be treated with antibiotics. Itchy bums, scratching, biting and Yeast problems can be treated with anti-itch creams, lotions and supplements. An impacted anal gland can be expressed by a veterinarian. Scooting can be treated with changes in diet such as fiber and probiotic intake.

How To Prevent Bottom Problems in Dogs:

The best way to prevent bum problems in dogs is to keep the area clean and dry. Squishface products are a great choice for your dog care routine. Use Squishface Wrinkle Wipes on your pup's bums as they are perfect for those hard-to-clean places. Since there’s no harsh chemicals, you don’t need to worry about stinging or irritation.

Use Squishface Wipes prior to application of Wrinkle Paste instead of soap and water, which can cause irritation. It’s recommended that you use our wipes for 7 – 10 days. Follow with Wrinkle Paste to form a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus and other bacteria away from your doggo's bum resulting in happy, protected and fresh smelling bulldog wrinkles.

The Bottom Line:

Wrinkly dog's bums are often cute, but they can also be prone to various problems. It is important to be aware of the common problems that can affect your dog's bum so that you can take steps to prevent them. If your dog does have a problem with their bum, there are various treatments that can help. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak with your veterinarian.

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