Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Anus (bottom)
- Back (spine)
- Brain and nerves
- Female parts: vagina and uterus
- Head, face and neck
- Legs, paws and claws
- Male parts: penis, testicles and prostate
- Mammary glands (breasts)
- Mouth and Teeth
- Skin and fur
Anal gland infections/abscesses are extremely painful and can burst through the skin if they aren’t treated quickly. Contact your vet ASAP if you think your dog has an anal gland abscess.
Healthy anal glands empty naturally when a dog poos, but if this doesn’t happen, they can over fill and block. Blocked anal glands are irritating and painful, but often quick and simple to treat.
There are a few different conditions that can affect a dog's bottom. Most aren't urgent but some are an emergency. Read our advice on bottom problems in dogs
A heat (or season) is when a female dog is fertile and can become pregnant. During a heat, it’s likely that your dog will behave differently, bleed from her vulva, and become very interested in male dogs.
There are many conditions that cause diarrhoea in cats, ranging from minor to serious. Mild cases of diarrhoea usually pass within 24 hours.