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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Jan 26, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Licking

Question:My dog had an abscess that burst on her anal sac and I took her to emergency vet where they drained it, put her on antibiotics, but they want her to wear an E collar. Shes running around and you can tell she needs to have a bowel movement, but wont produce. Ive added fiber to her diet and wonder if I should remove the e collar and maybe her licking would stimulate the bowel movement or if licking at all would cause more inflammation and possible infection?

Answer:Licking won't really directly help her poop, so I wouldn't advise taking the collar off. Your veterinarian will definitely need to recheck her today if she is that uncomfortable.

Date: Jan 21, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal hole

Question:Came home to my dog having poop stuck on him , when I cleaned it off him I noticed his anal hole is wide wide open looks really scary. His poop is just pouring out at this point . Im not sure if this is Normal . He is an 8year old cockapoo

Answer:No, that is not normal. I would need to examine him to determine what is going on back there so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

Date: Jan 19, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal gland impaction?

Question:My 2 year old Belgian shepherd has been scooting, not frequently but sometimes she licks her bum which then results in the foul odor. Ive tried to express her glands but find it hard to do, and also nothing comes out. She eats normal and is very playful. Her stool used to be soft but not anymore since I changed her food. Now I feed her Kirkland signature dog food healthy weight dog formula. Also, I have been giving her for two months Zesty paws probiotic bites. Are these symp due to impaction

Answer:Possibly - but there are many other possibilities as well: anal fistula, allergies, etc. so have your veterinarian check her out if the symptoms continue or worsen.

Date: Jan 15, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: impacted anal gland

Question:My 12 pound poodle has problems with his anal glands. For the last six weeks I have taken him to the vet for an anal gland expression, but she has not been able to get out a hard, rock like substance. The dog is not in distress. I give him fiber and I have been using hot packs on his butt to soften the substance. Your website suggests the use of suppositories. What ones would you suggest for a small dog? How long should I try this before taking him to the vet to try again to clear this gland? Thanks.

Answer:I am not familiar with a suppository that works for this condition. Your veterinarian may have to sedate her then use a cannula to open up the gland and flush it out.

Date: Jan 13, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal issue

Question:Hi, Ive noticed that my dogs anal area has been dry and a little flaky when I wipe it and not pink like it usually is but a darker color. When I first noticed I took her to the doctor and they told me it was anal glands and they cleaned her anal sac. I was told to wipe her butt with aloe which Ive been doing but sometimes I still notice the dry flaking. What could this be ?

Answer:I would have to see what you are talking about to really help you. But just in general, this time of the year especially, we see a lot of dry flaky skin and products with fatty acids can help like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Welactin+Omega+3+Canine-prod11837.html

Date: Jan 6, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: anal fistulas

Question:My 10 yr. old German Shepherd has anal fistulas. He is on Atopica and Ketoconazole, which seems to control them. Is there any chance that he will ever be able to get off the medicine?

Answer:It really depends on the individual severity of his case. Here is a link to a really good article about perianal fistulas, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952922

Date: Dec 30, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Glands

Question:Hi Dr, Weve taken our dog to get his anal sacs expressed and usually he his back to his normal self. However we noticed hes still quite tender and protective over his bottom and is cautious in his walk and his demeanour. He has no fever, didnt show any signs of pain at the vet in other area can you advise on what could be this issue? Thank you!

Answer:From what you describe, I can't tell what is going on (limping, licking, etc.) also how long ago were his anal glands expressed (like yesterday vs last week - yesterday it may be from that, last week, it's not from that) so have your veterinarian recheck him if it continues or worsens.

Date: Dec 16, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Expressing anal glands

Question:I have a French bulldog. Do I need to have his anal glands expressed? I have heard that smaller dogs have to have this done sometimes. I have mostly had large breed dogs (Boxers)and never had to have this done for them. My Frenchie often scoots his bottom across the floor, as if he is trying to scratch something.

Answer:It really depends on the individual dog. Small dog are more predisposed but that doesn't mean they will have a problem. If the scooting becomes more frequent, yes, he may need them expressed.

Date: Dec 15, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: anal glands and bowels

Question:My dog has been having some light bleeding from his anus and seems to have lost some control of his bowels as he has gone in the house numerous times since yesterday. They are fully formed, but there is fecal matter left on and around his tail. He had his anal glands expressed at the groomer yesterday. Does this sound like a gland problem or something else? He also seems to be leaking small amounts of urine as well.

Answer:It is hard to guess what is going on - of all the things, expressing his anal glands should not make him pee and poop all over the house. Diarrhea is defined as increased frequency and/or decreased consistency, so technically he has diarrhea (increased frequency). It may just be from the excitement of the whole day. If it continues or worsens, see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Date: Dec 15, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sedation

Question:Sedation and reversal

Answer:I don't see a question here - feel free to resubmit another question if you still have one.

Date: Dec 15, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Veterinary bacteriology

Question:What are techniques to diagnosis salmonella species disease and Escherichia coli disease

Answer:A culture is necessary to diagnosis these.

Date: Dec 15, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal question

Question:Hi, I've noticed that around my dogs anus is red and a little crusty, she's not pooping as much as she usually does and when she does it has a little red in it. She also scoots but only sometimes after she poops and it seems like she's struggling to poop. She also been biting at her butt. Do you know what that could be ?

Answer:I would really need to examine her and get a better history - many things run through my mind with what you describe and multiple body systems may be affected - all treated differently (anal gland impaction/infection, allergic skin, blood in stool, straining to defecate, etc etc.) so see your veterinarian if her symptoms persist or worsen.

Date: Dec 13, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hemorrhoids

Question:Hello. My name is Stephanie Rivera. I have a young chihuahua puppy that was attacked by a large dog. His only injury was a laceration in his head which was treated and healed. However he released his bowels forcefully during the attack and since then i have been trying to treat hemorrhoids to no advantage. Now i believe he is constipated on top of it. He is still passing bowels but last night it seemed as though he didn't want to. I soaked him in an oatmeal bath and massaged his lower area to help him and he did pass another bowel. Now im scared to feed him any solids because i realize he must be in extreme discomfort. I can't afford to take him to the vet again. Is there anything i can do to help his discomfort.

Answer:Hemorrhoids are rare in dogs but a prolapsed rectum is a possibility. That would need to be checked by your veterinarian - see if the one that already checked him can just recheck him. Let then know that you have financial constraints and most will work with you.

Date: Dec 7, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Glands

Question:My dogs butt started smelling and bleeding/pusing out so the vet flushed his glands & gave us three different antibiotics/ inflammatories . He told us that if this didnt get better he could need to be neutered due to too much testosterone. Looking around I havent seen anyone saying the same , is he wrong ?

Answer:If he has a mass back there that recurrently gets secondarily infected, it may be a "perianal adenoma" - common in intact males and neutering helps.

Date: Dec 6, 2019
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My doga Anus is super puffy and swollen

Question:My dogs anus is super swollen and red. She doesnt seem to be in pain or anything. I took a look and it looks as if theres poop stuck. What should i do?

Answer:Having your veterinarian check her is ideal because she may have a rectal prolapse which can be serious. Warm water from a spray nozzle and soaking might be options for getting the poop off - don't pull on anything or you could make it worse.


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