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  • My dogs butt hole is red and swollen on on side. He’s never had this issue before. Does not appear to be in pain. Is not itching the area. Behavior is good

    HI Matt,
    I recommend that you take your dog into see a veterinarian as soon as possible. The swelling that you are describing can be caused by a few different things including infection, injury, anal sac disease, an anal mass, or an underlying medical issue. Your vet can talk to you more about the cause of the swelling after they have examined him. They may recommend some lab tests to help diagnose or rule out certain diseases. The treatment that he needs will depend on the underlying cause of the swelling.


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