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DateSep 30, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicConstantly licking his butt.
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Question:

He has been to the vet for this several times and he is given antibiotics. He also has frequent ear infections and is put on antibiotics and we are given ear flush could it be allergies

Answer:

That certainly sounds like allergies. Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.html

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DateSep 29, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicHow quickly can Anal Glands become full?
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My question is, is it possible for a dogs anal glands to become full again one to two days after being expressed? My 5.6lb maltipoo dog has ongoing anal gland issues despite recommended diet, supplements, etc. she gets routine anal gland expressions from the vet and last had it done on 9/23 after showing initial SX of discomfort. She was good on 9/24, but started showing SX again on 9/25. This has continued since then and has included diarrhea for one day, gurgling noise from the stomach, and she vomited once in the middle of the night last night. Despite restricting her to boiled chicken/rice only, she is still in pain and lays in the praying position with butt in air. Today, for the first time she’s denying food. Does it sound like the same old anal gland problem or what other possible issues could it be? I didn’t want to write an entire book, but feel free to ask for more details. Thank you.

Answer:

No - this is probably not from anal glands since they were recently expressed by a veterinarian. There are MANY other causes of vomiting and diarrhea (pancreatitis, IBD, toxins, Addison's disease, intestinal parasites, etc etc - really too many to list here), so further testing will be needed if she doesn't respond to the bland diet. If the vomiting and pain continues, this should checked out and treated immediately by your local veterinarian.

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DateJul 18, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal glands
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My dog had his anal glands expressed at the groomers and I'm just now reading that it wasn't a good idea...his bum is puffy like and dark in color, I was told it's because he's not neutered and he is a bit older, over the age of 5. Is this correct? Do I need to see a vet?? He licks quite a bit down there but does not scoot across the floor. No signs of pain or trouble when using restroom either.

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I would need to examine him to say for surebut yes, if it's not too bad, older intact male dogs have a little thickening back there. It shouldn't bother him though ("licks quite a bit") so if that continues or worsens, have your veterinarian check him out.

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DateJul 11, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal gland swollen
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What can I do if dogs anal Gland is swollen like a bubble

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If it is visibly "swollen like a bubble" it is probably infected (but other things are possible as well like cancer) so I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check it out.

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DateJun 19, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal obsession
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I think there may be some secretion because he sometimes licks the floor also Not sure how to help Thank you Jennifer L Privette

Answer:

I would need to examine him to determine what is going on. There are many possibilities (anal gland issues, itching from allergies, itching from mange, etc etc.) - all treated very differently so see your local veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

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DateMay 31, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal licking
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What causes this Thank you

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I would need a lot more information to really help you, but in general: There are many things that cause this (allergies, impacted anal glands, mange, 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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DateMay 31, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicNemo constaly chews his rectum he has his anal glands done twice a month and takes meds for that?
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I would need to examine him to determine exactly what is going on so continue working with your veterinarian to determine an underlying cause. Often these dogs are chewing because of allergies (or something else) and not anal glands, so consider that if he continues to have problems.

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DateMay 30, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal Gland iflamation
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It’s there a cure for the anal gland inflammation? This is the second time I have to take him to the vet

Answer:

Glandex seems to help some dogs. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Glandex-prod11589.html

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DateMay 6, 2022
CategoryAnal Sac Inflammation
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnal sac
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What can I put on my dogs Ana's to help him

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

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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

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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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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