Scooting is the act of rubbing or dragging the anal area or the area between the anus and genitals on the ground. Typically, the hind legs are extended in front as the dog drags the body forward. Anything that causes an irritation or itching to the area under the tail may cause an animal to … Read more


Dehydration involves loss of water and electrolytes such as sodium, chloride and potassium. This could be due to inadequate fluid intake or conditions like Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, polyuria and other diseases that increase the loss of water. The treatment is to provide the body with fluids. If it is not possible to administer orally then … Read more

Abscess in dogs

A Dog's abscess pus filled lump caused by bacteria, parasites, or foreign material under the Dog's skin. Trauma to the skin or underlying tissues may cause infection and abscess formation. An abscess is characterized by pain, swelling and redness of the skin and an increased temperature of the skin around the abscess. Commonly occurs due … Read more


The dog has an external open injury causing bleeding. This would be accompanied with pain and could be a result of any kind of injury or trauma like bites, stings, quills, splinters, abrasion, or darts, arrows, gunshots etc. The dog could be excited depending upon the pain due to the wound therefore, calm the dog … Read more


The dog has red circular blister type elevations on the skin. These may appear and disappear within 24 hours. These may not be painful but are very itchy and the consequent itching may cause pain. These are caused by allergies to drugs, toxins, insect bites, foods, shampoos, or infections or ticks.


The dog has bruise(s) on the skin. Bruises may occur as a result of scrapping against a hard surface or minor injuries during playing or fighting. These can also be seen in certain disorders of blood clotting. These could also be accompanied with blood in stool, urine, or mouth, nose, external genitals. Clotting disorders could … Read more

Bluish Skin

The dog has a bluish, purplish tinge to the skin and /or mucus membranes of gums, tongue or lips. This could be a result of toxins, drugs, insufficient air intake due to blockage or respiratory or circulatory disorders.


There are blisters on the skin of the dog. These could be filled with clear fluid (vesicle) or pus filled (pustule). This could be associated with skin redness, hair loss, and loss of pigmentation. This could be due to inflammation of skin or muscles or several autoimmune diseases, acne, skin infections, or other skin disorders.

Anal Itching in dogs

The dog has an abnormal itch around the anus. It could be persistent or isolated. Frequency and severity determines the cause. Causes could be many including allergy, inflammation of the area or glands in the area, hygiene, skin diseases, or many systemic diseases.

Hair Loss

The dog shows areas of baldness or with thinning hair. This may be accompanied with increased pigmentation, redness, swelling, crusting, flaking, or even discharge. An unpleasant odor may also be experienced. Hair loss could be due to chewing or scratching or could be a result of an internal disorder or infections in which case usually … Read more