Can Dogs Get Hemorrhoids? All you need to know about hemorrhoids in dogs

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Hemorrhoids are common in humans and can be uncomfortable. But it's less common to hear about dogs with hemorrhoids, so we're here to tell you that YES indeed, your dog can get them too.

Yes, dogs can get hemorrhoids; but it's uncommon in dogs. Hemorrhoids can be caused by too much pressure on the rectum that causes veins in the area to swell. Dogs with large amounts of fur may have trouble sitting down and look like they're straining while they're actually trying to make themselves comfortable. 

You may not notice signs of hemorrhoids in your dog unless he's overweight or has other medical conditions that cause him to strain more frequently than usual (such as irritable bowel syndrome).

The most common situation where a dog might develop this condition is when he begins eating human food after being fed only kibble for a long time. If you switch him over from dry food to canned dog food too quickly, it might cause digestive distress due to diarrhea and uncontrollable gas production. These symptoms could lead to hemorrhoid formation if left untreated over time.

Pressure On The Rectum

The most common cause of increased pressure is constipation. When your pup goes too long without pooping, and her bowels become backed up, she becomes more likely to strain and experience bowel discomfort. This increases stress on her body and can make it easier for something like this to happen, although it doesn't necessarily mean that every time she strains, she'll develop a hemorrhoid.

You May Not Notice Signs Of Hemorrhoid

If you think your dog has hemorrhoids, it's important to know what the signs are so you can take action. Your dog may not let you know that he or she is experiencing discomfort.

Hemorrhoids in dogs aren't common, but they do exist. If your dog does have this condition, it's probably because of an underlying health condition such as liver disease or Cushing's syndrome, both of which are serious concerns in dogs and require immediate medical attention.

They May Have Blood In Their Stool

If your dog has hemorrhoids, you may notice blood in its stool or floating in its water bowl. This is a common sign of this condition and can be easily spotted by anyone who's paying attention to their pet's bathroom habits. You may also see your dog licking his anus or straining during bowel movements, two additional signs that he has hemorrhoids. But these symptoms are less reliable than the others listed here because they're not as specific to the condition.

Another way to tell whether or not your dog has hemorrhoids is by examining him from behind: if there are noticeable lumps surrounding his rectum and anus, then those are probably enlarged veins caused by inflammation due to friction with fecal matter (this can cause pain). If it turns out that he has the condition, several treatments are available depending on how severe it is. However, these tend not to be effective enough on their own, so other methods will still need to be used alongside them.

Your Vet Might Prescribe Topical Medication

Your vet may prescribe a topical pet medication to help soothe your dog's symptoms. A variety of ointments, creams, sprays, wipes, and gels are available to treat hemorrhoids in dogs. Some products like Zymox contain the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is known to reduce inflammation and itching. Other options include an ointment containing zinc oxide or cocoa butter that relieves discomfort but not pain. If these pet medicines aren't working for your pet after several days of use, contact your vet for further instructions on what type of pet medications should be used instead.

Pumpkin is known to be helpful in treating hemorrhoids. It can be used by adding it to your dog’s food gradually until he/she gets used to it, or you can switch to Nature's Recipe dog food containing pumpkin. You can also mix pumpkin with a little bit of yogurt or cottage cheese and feed it to them with their meals.


If your dog's hemorrhoids don't feel like anything more serious and aren't bleeding, you may be able to wait them out. It can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks for the blood to stop flowing. See your vet immediately if you think it might be an anal abscess or other more serious condition.

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