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DateMay 6, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal sac
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Question:

What can I put on my dogs Ana's to help him

Answer:

First: be sure it is an gland issue (often allergic dogs itch from histamine release back there & it has nothing to do with their anal glands). Try Glandex for true anal gland issues: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html and/or the Glandex wipes: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex+Hygienic+Rear+Wipes-prod12702.html

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DateApr 25, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal glands
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Question:

Is it dangerous to the dog if the anal glands errupt ?

Answer:

It can be if it goes untreated, but a ruptured, infected anal gland is usually pretty easy to treat.

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DateJan 8, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicInfection after spleen removed
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Wat antibiotic should she be in

Answer:

A routine spleen removal may not need any antibiotics. I would really need a LOT more information to advise you about your individual dog so consult your veterinarian, who has access to all of his/her lab results, for the best advice.

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DateJan 6, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal sac infection
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Question:

My dogs anal sac got infected he has two holes vet flushed cleaned them. Put on antibiotics and pain meds been 3 weeks now and still whiping blood and brown liquid and shouldn't the holes be healed? He also gets heat compression and cleaned 3 times a day?

Answer:

There is a lot of individual variation with these, but yes, 3 weeks is a long time. Your veterinarian may need to culture the discharge and be sure the bacteria is sensitive to the antibiotic that he's on, so have them recheck it when you can.

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DateJan 6, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicExpression three weeks ago - still smells sometimes
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My puppy had her anal glands expressed three weeks ago. Two days ago, I noticed the tell-tale smell again. It's coming and going--sometimes after she poops we won't smell it for hours. Is there a chance that her glands are not emptying fully? If so, what can I do? Started her on probiotics yesterday, and the vet already said that manual expression isn't necessary yet. I don't want this to get worse.

Answer:

Just smelling the smell doesn't warrant an expression - you want her body to know how to do it on it's own. A probiotic is a good idea. Be sure you are using a good, reputable brand like Fortiflora (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html) or Proviable (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html). Then the only other thing I would recommend is Glandex - here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html

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DateJan 3, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeCat
TopicInfection
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My cat’s anus is inflamed and puss is coming out, what medicine can help? I’m tight on money and can’t make it to the vet at the moment.

Answer:

These abscesses usually need to be seen by your veterinarian who can clean it up and usually give one (long acting) injection of antibiotics - so not too expensive usually. If that isn't an option, here are a few easy things to try: (1) Trim the hair around the opening so it doesn't trap infection in - be very careful not to lacerated/cut his skin and cause more problems (2) Dilute betadine - solution, not scrub - diluted down to weak-tea consistency is the best thing to flush the wound with. Do this at least twice daily. You can get betadine at any corner drug store. Be sure to dilute it or it will really sting. (3) It's ok to pick scabs and push more pus out of the hole - don't do it if it's too painful, but the more pus you can get out, the better. (4) Contact your veterinarian for antibiotics if it doesn't improve or if s/he stops eating.

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DateNov 15, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal itching
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Question:

Is there anything you can recommend for severe anal itching?

Answer:

There are many things that cause itching like that (allergies, mange, anal gland impaction, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

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DateOct 26, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal gland issues
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Hi, my dog had been miserable here and there with his anal glands. I took him to the vet. and when his glands were expressed, there was a good bit of blood. The vet checked inside and out, but didn't find any kind of mass. The glands weren't ruptured. The vet put him on antibiotics but he's still having issues. He's had his glands expressed three times in just a few weeks and each time there was blood. He's now on his third round of antibiotics but his gland or glands are still bothering him. Could it be cancer? What else could be the problem? He's soon to be 14 years old.

Answer:

Yes, it still could be cancer. It could also be a bacterial infection that is not responding to the antibiotic you are using so culturing and changing antibiotics may be helpful.

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DateSep 5, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicRubbing bum on rug
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I have a dachshund who rubs her but on the rug, her glands get cleaned regularly. But as you know she cannot reach to clean herself. I don’t know what to do, she rubs herself raw..

Answer:

If it is an anal gland issue, Glandex (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html) may help and/or Glandex wipes (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex+Hygienic+Rear+Wipes-prod12702.html). If it is due to something else, like allergies, which often it will be, treating the underlying cause is ideal.

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DateAug 12, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeCat
TopicCat's anal sac
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Question:

Why is it inflammed?

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It is rare for cats to have anal sac issues, but certainly possible. Have your veterinarian check it out if it persists, because they will often need oral antibiotics.

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DateJul 20, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet Typenull
TopicAnal glands
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Question:

Sophie continually licks her anal glands keeping it raw. We've changed foods several times making no difference. She does not shoot on her butt like some dogs. Why does her sacks fill so fast and what can I do to help her. Thank You, Charlie

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Often this is secondary to allergies, not anal gland issues so consult your veterinarian for an official diagnosis. Glandex seems ot help some dogs with true anal gland issues: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html

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DateJun 17, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet Typenull
TopicFrequent anal sac impaction
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Hi, My dog had her anal sac expressed on May 1st now today June 18th needs it again. Can that be cause of concern?

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Possibly - have your veterinarian check her to be sure they are just impacted and not infected, no mass, etc.

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DateJun 14, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet Typenull
TopicHow to release anal glands
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My dog is constantly licking his anus and there is some oozing that smells horrible. Someone told me I should squeeze it out. How is that done and is it a serious problem?

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I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check it the first time. I worry that he may have an abscess or an anal fistula, etc. And they can show you exactly how to express his anal glands if that is what is necessary but I really worry that something more serious is going on because with minor impacted anal glands, he wouldn't be "constantly licking his anus" and there should be no visible "ooze".

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DateJun 3, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet Typenull
Topicmy cat s urine is just coming out of him not having bowel movements
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Question:

ive brought him in two vets onesaid amp his tail theothersaid nerve damage his rear end was hit by a car his tail bones comp broken he hasnt been having a bowel movement his legs are fine one vet said put him down his urines dribbling out of him hesonly a year old

Answer:

This is very worrisome if he has nerve damage to his perineum (anus/colon, urethra/penis and surrounding tissues) - you may need a referral to a specialist, often found at your local veterinary school or in major cities, so ask your veterinarian about this.

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DateApr 28, 2021
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet Typenull
TopicAnal gland
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Question:

my chihuahua keeps having anal problems. Scooting licking. What can I do?

Answer:

I would really need to examine her to determine the exact cause. Scooting and licking back there may be due to allergies, not anal gland issues or something else entirely and all of those things are treated differently so see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and targeted treatment if it continues. Products like Glandex helps some dogs with chronic anal gland issues. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html

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