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Lately my GSD has been licking her anal region more than usual. I examined the area today and saw a small laceration to the right of her anus. I didn't get a very good look at it because she immediately got up and walked away. It was quite jagged and looked torn. I put a small amount of antibiotic ointment on it to help it from becoming further infected if it already is. I am going to schedule an appointment with a vet as soon as I can but I just need to know what I can do in the mean time. I'm assuming that it was caused by straining while she was pooping. However, she never acts constipated and she eats apples and other vegetables along with her regular meals which keep her stool relatively soft. She hasn't shown any signs of being in pain until today when I went to wipe and examine the area.

What will the vet do to fix this when I take her there? Is there anything I can do today and before her appointment to help heal the laceration?

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Not a lot more you can do, until the Vet examines her, diagnoses it and comes up with a treatment plan. Hope your Vet appointment is soon for your dogs sake, she is probably pretty uncomfortable.
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Don't know what the equivalent would be in the States, but for injuries in sensitive places, my vet suggested I use Sudocrem, which is for nappy (diaper) rash.
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Don't know what the equivalent would be in the States, but for injuries in sensitive places, my vet suggested I use Sudocrem, which is for nappy (diaper) rash.
Thank you for the suggestion. I don't know what the equivalent would be, but it does contain zinc oxide. I am going to purchase an ointment containing zinc oxide or bacitracin. As I was putting more ointment on the laceration earlier, I discovered another laceration right on the other side in the same exact area. I'm terrified that they will get worse. She won't sit still long enough for me to get the ointment directly on the laceration. I'm praying that a vet can see her early tomorrow so she will get better. Thanks again for your suggestion.
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It may be that laceration 1 is itchy/annoying, so she scrapes her backside on the floor, trying to alleviate laceration 1 itch and causes laceration 2. Possible.

Do as the vet would do - have the ointment on your finger, someone holds/feeds the front end, you are at the back end, lift the tail with your other hand, ointment on - done. Treats, treats, treats. Hope you get to the vet.
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