Proctitis (Inflammation of the Rectum) in Dogs

Overview of Canine Proctitis

Proctitis is an inflammation of the rectum. A dog’s large intestine is composed of the colon, rectum and anus. The colon extends from the end of the small intestine to the rectum. The rectum is the last part of the large intestine just before the anal opening. The anus is the opening of the large intestine to the exterior.

Causes of Proctitis in Dogs

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Proctitis in Dogs

A thorough knowledge of history and clinical signs is very important and is most often helpful in the diagnosis of proctitis. A digital rectal examination should be performed in all cases. Diagnostic tests are necessary to confirm a definitive diagnosis. They include:

Treatment of Proctitis in Dogs

Treatment for proctitis should be directed at the underlying disease or associated condition.

Home Care and Prevention for Proctitis

Administer prescribed medication and pay close attention to the comfort of the individual. If your dog is in extreme distress, contact your veterinarian.

Prevent foreign body ingestion and stay on top of parasite control.