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Rectal Prolapse In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments
Perineal Hernias - Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
A perineal hernia in dogs can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated. Not only does this condition cause a great deal of pain for the dog, but neglecting to seek treatment can cause digestive problems as well as infection to develop. In order for dog owners to seek treatment for perineal hernia in dogs, it is imperative to recognize the signs and symptoms. The anal region of a dog is known as the perineum. Within the abdomen and pelvic cavities are structural linings that provide support and hold organs intestines, rectum, prostate, bladder in place. When these organs are able to protrude against that lining, or if the pelvic diaphragm becomes structurally lax, a perineal hernia develops. Recent studies have shown that there does appear to be a genetic predisposition to perineal hernias.
Rectal Prolapse in Dogs
A perineal hernia is a condition seen in dogs and cats in which the pelvic diaphragm becomes weakened. This results in displacement of pelvic and abdominal organs rectum, prostate, bladder, or fat into the region surrounding the anus. The cause of this condition is not completely understood.
By Jacqui D. Perineal hernias occur most frequently in older, non-castrated male dogs, although there are a few reports of perineal hernias in female dogs and an increasing number of reports describing perineal hernias in cats. The exact cause has not been determined although there are numerous theories to explain why the pelvic diaphragm weakens and fails to support the pelvic organs, including straining secondary to chronic constipation, enlargement of the prostate or pregnancy in female dogs, imbalances of sex hormone concentrations and tail-docking.