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Ask the Vet About Anal Sac Inflammation & Scooting

Anal Sac Problems & Scooting
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Ask the Vet About Anal Sac Problems & Scooting in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 21, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal gland abscess

Question:My 3 year old, 10 lb Havanese male has had 2 episodes of anal gland abscesses in a 4 month period. He doesn't give any warning signs that we've noticed prior to them happening. They seem to come up overnight! Our vet has suggested that if this continues to happen that we might consider surgery. I'm wondering what we can give him to help stop this from happening? He's fed a high quality dog food and it's what he's eaten since a puppy. I'd appreciate any suggestions as I feel surgery is a last resort.

Answer:I don't think anyone has found anything that definitively helps but there are a lot of products that you can try. Glandex is one of them. Here is a link if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html

Date: Apr 6, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Expressing

Question:My dog just had her anal glands empty on tues and now she is spotting again on thurs only been alittle over a day is it not a good idea to express them again she been scooting around all nite help

Answer:She shouldn't be having trouble again so soon unless they are infected. Have your veterinarian recheck her and see if she needs antibiotics.

Date: Apr 4, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Products

Question:Can dogs take glandex along with flortfliora and pumpkin .and a digestive product like human famotididine tablet 20 mg or the nutarevely enzyme also how offen should flortfliora be given and the other products once daily etc tanks

Answer:Yes Dogs can take Glandex with fortiflora, as well as famotidine. Naturevet enzymes from 1800petmeds is also fine to add to the mix

Date: Apr 3, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Product

Question:Is glandex a good product to give for anal gland issues any suggest on how to stop dog from eating feces

Answer:Glandex is new product that just started using, so cant comment on efficacy but cant hurt as source of soluble fiber to hopefully keep anal glands empty. As for dog eating feces, best to have stool check for parasites first, as well as make sure no other digestive issues going on with evaluation at vet. For dogs who eat feces, I usually like to recommend good probiotic like fortilflora as well as enzyme like naturevety enzyme from 1800petmeds to help with digestion

Date: Apr 1, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal glands and feces eating

Question:Have dogs that keep having anal gland issues my vet say add fiber to help with both but willnt give any success was thinking of adding a probiotics on a good dog food earthborn healthy weight try pumpkin etc heard of product call glandz for anal anybhelp would be great age is 7 and 10 beagle/ boxer

Answer:There is new anal glandz product which we also just started carrying at our veterinary clinic, but I cant comment on its efficacy thus far, as we only just started using them, but certainly worth a try. I often have clients adding a teaspoon or two of metamucil to each meal or natural psyllium from health food store which can sometimes also help with anal gland emptying. Probiotics are indeed a good idea as well for overall digestive health.

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anus

Question:My dog has a red nobbly thing come out her bum only happens when she goes for a poo then disappears after a while what can it be her nymph glands are also swollen

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her out as soon as you can - it sounds like a mass. If her lymph nodes are enlarged, then it may be a benign mass that is secondarily infected or a malignant mass or an abscessed anal gland = all conditions that need to be addressed.

Date: Mar 14, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Breathing

Question:Hello, My dog is a 12 yo shih tzu poodle mix. Two weeks ago I took him to a new groomer, two hours later after getting him home he was coughing as if he had something stuck in his throat. The only other time I've seen him struggle this way was after receiving his shots. He now seems to have difficulty breathing and sleeps with his head in an upright position. I intend to take him to the vet since the otc gel does not seem to be relieving him at all. Thank you.

Answer:Answered previously

Date: Mar 6, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help

Question:I need to know what I can do to help my 3 month old puppy to relieve him of this pain. I do not have the money to take him to the vet. Please help me.

Answer:You dont provide many details so hard for me to make specific recommendations. Is this anal sac problem?. If so, you can try warm compresses around anal sacs a few times daily, and/or oral rescue remedy a few drops 3 to 4 times daily from health food store which may help ease emotional and/or physical discomfort. However, best to take to local vet for proper diagnosis as "prescription" pain meds, depending on condition, may be needed.

Date: Mar 5, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting dog and foul smell

Question:My Bassett hound had her anal glands expressed last week at the groomers and I noticed a foul smell a few days after her grooming so I checked her anus and there seemed to be seepage when I wiped it off it was pinkish brown. For several days now I check her throughout the day and there's always a awful smell and the pinkish discharge from her anus. She is deficating normally and I don't see blood in her stools? Could the groomer hurt her when expressing them.

Answer:Pinkish discharge is definitely not normal - I would have your veterinarian check it out.

Date: Feb 3, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home remedies

Question:How much does this process usually cost. Will home remedies work.i apply warm compresses which help and he eat now no scoot pumpkin..I purchased glandex but haven't tried it..

Answer:Prices will vary across animal clinics. Home remedies are not usually recommended until after you have condition properly diagnosed and assessed by a veterinarian. I would certainly continue the pumpkin, and warm compresses, etc for now

Date: Jan 31, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal inflammation, vomiting and cough

Question:Over the past 24 hours our dog (senior chihuahua) has been showing symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. His anus is also extremely swollen with the right side inflamed in what looks like a sac. He has been licking his behind frequently for the past couple of months and also a chronic cough. What is the best course of action to treat him?

Answer:Given he is a senior dog, it is best you take him to a local veterinarian for overall assessment, etc. Simple anal gland impactions and/or infections/abcesses of anal glands usually dont cause vomiting and diarrhea. Given the chronic cough and the myriad of possibilities in pet this age, a full veterinary workup is needed, including blood work and/or x rays before I can offer any sensible at home advice on this one

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Abscess

Question:I have a question regarding my peekapoo baby. Recently we were having an issue with a hole beside her anus and matter coming out of it or getting stuck to it the we had to keep removing. Now the hole is gone, and her actual anus looks a bit swollen. Was it an abscess that is now gone and she now has inflammation? Does she just need her glands emptied? Your advice would help a Lot. I love all of my babies, but so am a firm believer that if you have inside animals that never go outside taking them to a vet ever hear is pointless. But now I have no vet that will look at her for this issue.

Answer:This was most likely was an anal gland abcess that opened on its own and drained, however the anal glands may be filling back up again and/or impacted and really should be expressed by a licensed veterinarian, and/or to see if any residual infection or inflammation remains, necessitating prescription antibiotics, etc you can try applying warm compresses over the anal area a few times daily and adding a teaspoon or so of metamucil to each meal, which can sometimes help as source of fiber to facilitate emptying. I have also used the homeopathic remedy Silica at potency of 30c potency twice daily for a few days to help with clearing up anal gland abcesses

Date: Jan 23, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 2 in x 3/4 in

Question:A lump below the rectum n above his sacks I found the lump to be soft

Answer:It is difficult to say what the cause of the lump would be. A biopsy is normally needed to understand whether it is a tumour or infection. "I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. You can book a vet house call at www.vetpronto.com"

Date: Jan 19, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Black anus with scooting

Question:My dogs anus is black he seems to have scooting problems every once and a while but this time it's black I read that he may need fiber to help with the problem so I have given him oatmeal and Metamucil every morning the scooting got much less but his anus is still black should I still be concerned

Answer:Good idea to increase fiber to help with bowel and/or anal regularity, however given the color change of the anus, best to have vet check and evaluation to see if anal glands need to be expressed and/or if any infections, etc exists

Date: Sep 2, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Area Ichty Or Sore

Question:My Two Year Old Shiatsu Is Scooting His Bottom Often And Licking More Than Normal. His Is Still Playful, But Not As Much As Before He Had A Somewhat Difficult Bowel Movement Yesterday.

Answer:May Need His Anal Glands Expressed Or Checked Out At Vet As Could Have Anal Gland Impaction Or Infection


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