Most treatment options are currently done on an outpatient basis. Warm packing of the area can help, as well as water soothing therapy (hydrotherapy) or cleansing the wound area to prevent infection. The dog's diet can also be modified to include more fiber, which allows for a softer stool and less pain and discomfort when they are removing bodily waste. In addition, stool softeners may be recommended as a dietary supplement for the dog.
If traditional treatment options are not successful, surgery may be required and is used to remove any inflamed or damaged tissue. In some rare instances, the amputation of the dog's tail will be recommended to reduce inflammation and the likelihood of a recurring condition. Drugs to help in the reduction and infection are commonly prescribed, as well to help in the healing.
Living and Management
There are several possible complications of treatment, including:
- Weight loss
- Fecal incontinence
- Gas (flatulence)
- Failure to heal
It is important to monitor the animal's progress, to ensure that they are healing, and that they do not have any serious complications following the treatment.
There are currently no preventative measures for this medical condition.
The very end of the large intestine
Something around the anus
The end of the gastrointestinal tract; the opening at the end of the tract.
The process of removing all or part of a body part; usually refers to a limb (arm or leg) and is done for medical reasons.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.