Ask the Vet About Anal Sac Inflammation & Scooting

Ask the Vet About Anal Sac Inflammation & Scooting
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym


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: Jun 29, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal glands
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Question:My 45 lb female, young pit mix has a problem with anal gland leaking . The smell is horrible and she is leaving marks on the furniture. The glands have been expressed, but not overdone as to stimulate more production, she always takes a glandex or similar supplement, she is on a high quality good fiber diet and when ever she has a bowel movement, usually 2x a day, I see she naturally expresses some fluid. We have done everything but the problem continues. Any suggestions?

Answer:You really have tried just about everything. Having them surgically removed by an experienced surgeon is a last resort option.

Date: Jun 8, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Flea Allergies
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Question:What can I do at home now to give my dog relief from the itching and sore inflamed skin from his flea bites,etc. Vinegar and water may be too harsh My 8 yr old Dachsund is miserable and he can't tolerate chemmical. please advise, btw, I think he has tape work, from maybe injesting the flea

Answer: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.htm

Date: Jun 2, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Not sure
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Question:Got a bully pit my fiance expresses his glands on a regular basis and is out of town for the last two months I don't believe he is qualified to do this really anyways I'm not sure if he knows what he's doing exactly a retired vet of the neighborhood explained the process but still. and as far as groomers he isn't taken to one ever he's isn't hard to keep up with as far as hair and skin he's fit and we bathe him enough I don't think his diet is providing enough of what he needs probably he eats a lot of what we eat half the time and half the time he eats dog food. I'm just wondering if there's something you may have like personalized advice taking in account the breed of dog and symptoms he's experiencing in the info stated before this sentence that you can give me is common for him or uncommon for something like this to be happening does it sound like an emergency maybe... he jumps up while resting all of a sudden and appears to be moving in any direction that you can in hopes to reach his bottom but of course can't, he chases his tail, he howls and whines and shakes his leg on the ground like he's doing it right now as I'm writing this message, he seemed so frustrated and helpless and I don't know what to do for him seems to be getting worse

Answer:I would go ahead and see your veterinarian at this point because it could be many things: anal gland issues, allergies, mange, etc etc. - all treated very differently, so you really need a diagnosis at this point to know how to appropriately treat him.

Date: May 25, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic:  Anal is swollen
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Question:His butthole is swollen and pinkish and purple and is irritated from him licking it so I?m just curious on what it might be ?

Answer:There are many things that cause this (allergies, anal gland issues, 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

Date: May 22, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 1
Topic: rectum irritation
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Question:My daughters kitten has a rectum irritation, its sensitive to the touch and shes constantly licking it.....is there an over the counter cream that we could give her that could give her some release

Answer:I would definitely have your veterinarian check her out - it could be a prolapsed rectum. Use vasoline until you have her checked out - I would need to know a lot more about her and examine her to be able to recommend anything stronger.

Date: May 21, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Anal Gland Infection?
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Question:Hi. Last night my dog was acting a little strange. He couldnt seem to get comfortable and constantly get up and rearrange himself. Today I took him to the vet to get his anal glands squeezed. I was told that one was empty and the other was expelled without issue. I hoped that this would solve the problem but unfortunately he still seems to be in discomfort. Is this normal or should I contact my Vet. I should also note that he recently went to the groomer and he went swimming in a chlorine pool

Answer:I would need to examine him to give you really good advice so yes, contact your veterinarian for a recheck if it continues and/or worsens.

Date: May 15, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Bruises on stomach
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Question:My dog had anal glands and it disappeared only to find brushing on her stomach

Answer:I can't really tell what you are asking: Anal gland problems? What kind? What kind of brushing/bruising? True bruising should be checked by your veterinarian as it may be a medical emergency.

Date: May 13, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Constapation and rectal inflamation
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Question:What can I do besides change his dog food and adding oil to his meal with water too make it softer? He eats his food too fast and doesn?t chew it properly

Answer:There is usually an underlying cause that needs to be addressed - can be many things, all treated very differently, so it really is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis.

Date: May 12, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Excessive licking
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Question:My poodle is 11. She has frequent UTI'S. She has had to have her anal glands squeezed by the vet twice. She constantly licks both her private and anal area. She recently has been having pee accidents. If you barely touch her bottom she yelps. She will not let us look at or clean her areas. She coughs constantly after licking herself and I don't know what to do for her.

Answer:I would definitely have your veterinarian go ahead and check her out if it's that bad - nothing over-the-counter is going to be strong enough to really help.

Date: May 11, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Red cut like area on anus
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Question:Just noticed my chi-weenie was scooting. His anus is a little swollen and has a little open wound like area a little smaller than a pea. Not sure if it?s glands or maybe he got bit. I haven?t noticed a smell yet. He keeps picking which I know is normal. Should I just keep an eye on him? He is eating like normal.

Answer:That sounds like a draining anal gland abscess - those need oral antibiotics, which require a prescription, so it is ideal to see your veterinarian. They will check for other things it may be as well, like an anal fistula, cancer, etc.

Date: May 10, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Cut opened
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Question:Hi! My dog anal gland ruptured and I took him to the vet. They sedated him and stitched his anal gland up. I gave him his medicine, followed all the steps in order for my dog to not have any trouble with his stitches. Everything went well and they took his stitches out 2 days ago. Today I noticed that his cut opened up! What do I do? Did the vet not do his job correctly?

Answer:Have your veterinarian recheck the incision. It is hard for me to guess what is going on without looking at it.

Date: May 8, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Older dog, new issues
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Question:My father in law has an English Setter that has recently developed sores and blisters around his anus. A local vet said the cause is high testosterone, but after doing research on my own, I feel this is not the case. Can a high testosterone level cause Perianal fistula type sores on a 12 year old dog overnight?

Answer:Yes, definitely - if he is an intact male, they are probably Perianal adenomas, that usually need to be removed or they continue to get secondarily infected and grow.

Date: May 6, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: scooting and licking it's behind
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Question:my dog has been scooting on her butt, and licking constantly...I've also noticed that she's eating grass a lot. Is there something that I can give or do for her?

Answer:There are many things that can cause this (allergies, anal gland issues, 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

Date: Apr 29, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Anal sac inflmmation
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Question:I took my Pomeranian to the vet in Saturday and they told me his glands were implanted and were both internally and externally drained. They recommended warm compress and antibiotics for two weeks. Under his anal opening he continued to have swelling, is this normal? How long should swelling continue even after glands being drained?

Answer:Sometimes it will continue for a couple of days while the antibiotics are kicking in - if it does not start to improve or worsens at any point, have your veterinarian recheck him.

Date: Apr 29, 2020
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Dog irritated on the back side
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Question:I took my dog to groomer and three days later she had an irritated area next to her anus kind of round with small hole with pus

Answer:That sounds like either an abscessed anal gland or an anal fistula - neither would be caused by grooming but shaving the hair might reveal it - could be something else entirely as well, so have your veterinarian check her out if it continues or worsens.

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