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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: Aug 15, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How can it be treated

Question:Am not sure wether anal sac inflammation is what i observed,it looks more like the inside of the Anal came out if it is anal sac inflammation could i treat the dog myself?

Answer:If "the inside of the Anal came out", you should really have your veterinarian check that out - it may be a rectal prolapse.

Date: Jul 28, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Open wound by her anus

Question:Cat was kind of lethargic and not as affectionate for a few days but eating/drinking fine. A few days ago I notice what looked like wet fur to the right of her anus, at about 1-2 pm position. It was red. I finally was able to look and it's a small diameter (dime) red circle with a hole in the middle. She has licked all the fur away as well. It's not bleeding or oozing.

Answer:It could be an infected anal gland. It could also be an abscess from another cat biting her. Either way, she will more than likely need oral or injectable antibiotics from your veterinarian. Sometimes they can heal up on their own - keep it clean with a good, strong medicated shampoo like this one until you can get her to your veterinarian: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Malapet+Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html

Date: Jul 18, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Inflimmation

Question:I have a 7 year of chihuahua that was given to me by a friend who couldn't take care of her. Yesterday night I noticed a bump next to her butt and she keeps licking it. What should I do?

Answer:Have your veterinarian check it out and maybe run some tests on it to determine what it is. It may be just an anal gland abscess that only needs some oral antibiotics, but you want to be sure it's not a cancerous mass.

Date: Jul 9, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Perineal area

Question:I have a 2yr. old female Australian Red Heeler (who also happens to be deaf), she rcvd. Parvo/Distemper vaccine 7 days ago, for the last 4 days she has had diarrhea, lethargy, lack of appetite, acting very different personality wise, won't let anyone touch her, extremely jumpy but main issue biting/licking/chewing anal area/vulva and tail (most wheeler's have tail cropped, we chose not to), could shot be cause? Thank you

Answer:Usually an allergic reaction to a vaccine won't go on for 4 days. Have the veterinarian that administered the vaccine recheck her if it continues - they can prescribe medications that may help, depending on the severity.

Date: Jun 21, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My doggys anal is Red and Swollen.

Question:Hello Mr Dyn My 5year old Chihuahua started scooting around the floor & cleaning his butt by licking n biting kinda after going outside to poop. I never thought anything of it, as just he is cleaning himself!! Now for last couple days, he has been coughing like he is trying to cough something out and I noticed blood in his poop & when he pooped 2 days ago, there was blood all around his anal and his hair, cuz he has long hair. But he seems just fine , no difference in acting. Now today after going outside to poop, he came inside and his bum is sooo red and looks swollen. Im FREAKING OUT.. Please Help!!! I have pictures to show! #OneWorriedMama

Answer:It's hard to relate the red rear to the coughing but both things need to be checked out by your veterinarian. Whatever he has going on (anal gland abscess, etc) will probably be relatively easy to treat at his age.

Date: Jun 11, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Odor

Question:I have a 5-year-old Great Dane who has had anal problems of some sort. He's been on 4 rounds of antibiotics plus had expressing. The area around his anus stays moist and has the foulest odor. We've tried everything. Please help. He's a house dog and we've had to limit his time indoors. I really want my dog back in. The smell ruins everything. My vet just told me that he did not have an anal problem now and gave me No Scoot. It is not helping either. PLEASE HELP ME! :(

Answer:I would really have to examine him to see what is going on back there. If it smells that bad, it's kind of odd that it's not an anal gland abscess or a Perianal fistula - both your veterinarian would've seen - unless it has worsened since they examined him. I like Malaket wipes for skin fold infections so that might be worth trying - they are over-the-counter anti-fungal, antibacterial wipes. We don't carry them but they are easy to find online or at pet stores. We carry Preva wipes which sound good too (antibacterial, made by Bayer, etc) but I've never used those. Here is a link if you want to read about them: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Preva+Medicated+Wipes-prod11683.html?Ntt=Preva+Medicated+Wipes

Date: Jun 6, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal sac

Question:I notice my dog tried to scoot a little bit outside especially after going poop. And sometimes his but will stink and leak a little bit. We drained his anal glands and a thin brownish color came out but I'm still worried. Not alot came out but a couple drops did and it stunk.

Answer:All of that might be normal - it's hard for me to say without seeing him. Some dogs get poop caught on their rear after they go and they will scoot to try to get it off. Normal anal gland fluid will stink and be a thin, brownish color. An infection would be more thick and yellowish or greenish, but not always, so have your veterinarian check him if he continues to have problems.

Date: Jun 5, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Health

Question:My cat has a lump on her right hip next to her anus. It has grown within the past 48 hours. She seems to walk and eat normally. However, recently a white/yellow liquid has begun to discharge from her anus. What could this be?

Answer:It's hard to say without seeing her, but it could be an anal gland abscess, an abscess from another cause (cat bite, etc), mass from Rabies vaccine given within the last couple of weeks, etc etc. Consult your veterinarian if it doesn't resolve quickly.

Date: May 26, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seasonal allergies

Question:I have to give my Yorkie Cheech, a half a Benadryl almost daily during the spring. He is allergic to grass, trees, and a lot of other things. The poor thing is so drowsy all day. Is there any other allergy medicine I could give him that doesn't knock the poor guy out. Cheech is 10 and has congestive heart failure and a heart murmur. Poor little guy is so tired from the Benadryl, I hate to give it to him.

Answer:Always check with your veterinarian on using over the counter antihistamines. You can try 1/4 to 1/2 zyrtec once to twice daily, however any antihistamine may cause mild sedation. You can also ask your vet about new injectable drug called cytopoint which may be option as well

Date: May 23, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting butt on floor

Question:Why does my dog scoot her butt across the floor

Answer:Sometimes it is because her anal glands need expressing - it can be other things too though: it itches, she has something like leaves or feces stuck to her hair around her anus, fleas or ticks, she has a tapeworm around her anus, etc. So, check out her rear end and if you don't see anything, have either your veterinarian, technician, groomer etc express her anal glands.

Date: May 8, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swelling in the left anal gland

Question:I have a havanese puppy. He has had a couple episodes of slight swelling in the anal glands and it has always expelled and never had any big problems. This is the first time it has swollen a bit larger. He does not seem in pain. Does not cry out or squirm if I touch theswollen area or lift him. I have washed thearea and soaked him in an epsom bath for about 10 min. I have put both bag balm and aquaphor on the area as well as gave him a Benadryl 25 mg. What can I do to help him so he does not end up in a more uncomfortable situation. Would letting him go out and run some help to expell?

Answer:Yes, exercise might possibly help, but no studies definitively say that it will. We also don't have great recommendations for preventing it in the future. I would have someone (your veterinarian, veterinary technician, groomer) that is experienced in expressing anal glands, express his and show you how at the same same time because you can do this at home. Benadryl won't hurt but it also probably wont help because anal gland impaction isn't really related to allergies/histamine release.

Date: May 6, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I'm questioning if this may be the issue

Question:I just adopted a chawawa a day ago. She did recently have surgery to be fixed and while the vet was in there she cleaned her bladder out of several large stones, as I was advised by the shelter. This dog, Valentina often keeps licking and chewing at her butt area. I'm concerned if it's something to be alarmed about or maybe a behavior I'm overly concerning about. I was advised she had already been dewarmed. She has not had a bm while in my care yet.

Answer:It is hard for me to guess what is going on without looking at her - I would have them or your veterinarian recheck her if you can. With everything she has been through it's not unusual to not have a BM as long as she is eating.

Date: Apr 30, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Testicle infection

Question:Hi I have a toy poodle that's 7 years old and this morning when I walked him I noticed he was walking funny so when I picked him up I noticed he had an infection on his testical. I don't have enough money to get him check by a vet.It has redness, a little swelling, some pain, and it bugs my dog. I'm not sure if he was bite by a flea in that area. Is there any medication you could recommend or anything that would help?

Answer:If it is just swollen from an allergic reaction to a bug bite you can give him Benadryl at 1 mg per pound orally. It is really hard to put topical medication on their testicles for 2 reasons: it hurts to touch it and they lick it right off - also if it is swollen, topical medications wouldn't help too much because it only helps superficially. If the Benadryl doesn't help, I would really get your veterinarian to take a look at it - they can prescribe oral medications that will penetrate the swelling better, help with the pain better and rule out scarier things like testicular cancer, etc.

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.


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