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10/23/09 2:25 P

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I have read about cleaning the anal glands, but don't really know anything about this. Do I need to clean the glands myself, or do they stay clean? Maybe I will ask the vet when I take Napoleon in for his shots.

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10/23/09 10:36 A

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This happened to my dog Carley several years ago.

She had absolutely no symptoms prior to the bursting of the anal glands and the bleeding which happened one morning when I took her out to go potty. The one thing I did notice a day or two before was that her poop was very skinny and ribbon-like. This turned out to be because both of her anal glands had filled and the opening that the fluid normally drains out of was clogged by the infection. This caused the fluid in the glands to become very thick and unable to release at all except to burst to the outside.

We had to hold warm compresses to her butt for a week to drain everything out. Unfortunately, it did re-occur because those openings were scaring over. So her glands kept filling up and draining out the holes made when they burst in the first place.

Our vet at the time wanted to do surgery to remove her anal glands. I did some research on this and was not willing to go that route without further efforts to correct the problem.(Removing the anal glands could lead to incontinence). We ended up taking her to a different vet who did a procedure where they fish a curved needle through the openings in the glands and flush them with antibiotics. She was also put on oral antibiotics for several weeks.

I am happy to say that this did the trick and she has been fine ever since with no more problems in that area. Sorry for the gross detail above, but I wanted to point out that surgery is not the only option if this does re-occur. I hope your baby heals quickly and has no more problems with his glands.

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10/22/09 2:35 P

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I did take him in-guess I didn't say that. They were only filled a little bit but better to get them expressed right away.

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10/22/09 10:54 A

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4SHEWOKUS- If you keep noticing the scooting, I would take your baby in to see if his anal glands might need to be expressed. Some dogs have more trouble with this than others. My guy wasn't scooting, but he was licking his bottom a lot. The vet didn't say this, but I feel like maybe if I had taken him in to have his glands checked sooner it might not have ruptured.
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10/22/09 7:41 A

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I'm glad to hear your baby is doing much better. Did the vet say there were any signs to look for? My puppy was scooting a little which gave me the heads up.

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10/22/09 2:00 A

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I'm glad that you were able to get your big puppy into the vet, and he was able to find out what was wrong. I hope all goes well for your baby and everything is healed and as good as new in two weeks when you go back in!

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10/9/09 6:10 P

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Oh, so it was an anal gland issue. Who would have thought. After I had that problem with my poodle, I took her faithfully every couple of months to get her glands expressed so that I didn't have that problem again.

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10/9/09 3:10 P

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Aww, I'm glad he's ok and doing well. Thanks for the update :)

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10/9/09 1:29 P

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great news..I had a feelin' it was something like this....what a relief!!!

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10/9/09 12:10 P

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Thanks to everyone who responded for the kind wishes and concern. The vet diagnosed my furbaby with a ruptured anal gland. He said sometimes they get full and rupture outward (causing the bleeding, etc). They can also rupture inward which causes a nasty abcess, so this is probably the better of the two. He cleaned it out and we are now on two weeks of antibiotics. The biggest risk with this type of problem is that sometimes it can become a chronic issue...
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So we are keeping our fingers crossed! I have to bring him back in another two weeks to make sure he is healing and maybe more antibiotics. He feels just fine now, but the exam was no fun and I feel like the worst doggy-mama in the world!
My baby has always been a quick healer and he doesn't fuss too much with wounds, so hopefully every thing will be ok. I count myself lucky... my boys are both 9 and this is the first anal gland issue ever.

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10/9/09 8:02 A

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I have no experience with this, but I wanted to see what it turned out to be.

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10/9/09 2:26 A

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I've never dealt with anything quite like this, so can only offer sympathy - no advice. I'm glad that you are going to the vet. Let us know the outcome!

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10/8/09 9:46 P

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I'm glad you took your dog to the vet--let us know what the results are.

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10/8/09 1:37 P

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Good luck...I am thinking inf gland myself...keep us posted....

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Poor Baby! So glad you're going to the vet! Hope everything goes well!

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Good luck let us know how the vet goes today

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good luck!

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10/8/09 1:04 P

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The only experience I have ever had with rectal bleeding was caused by an infected anal gland. I discovered it when I sat my poodle on my lap and I noticed blood on my pants after I put her down. I checked her and noticed blood. I took her to the vet and found out what it was. It doesn't sound like what this is in your case however. It is good that you are taking your pup to the vet because bleeding is a serious sign. Good luck to you and I hope it is nothing serious. I'll keep you in my prayers.


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OK, here comes the disclaimer - do not read further if you are easily grossed out! I have a 9 year old shepard-malamute cross who has been licking his bottom a lot off and on for about a month. I have been keeping an eye on it and no sores, no scooting, he is otherwise feeling good with normal appetite etc. Well last night he had a big episode of spontaneous bleeding from the rectum. His anal glands seem to be ok, but I'm worried about a fistula. It doesn't seem to be causing him a whole lot of pain, but obviously bothers him as he is licking the area. There is no pus-type discharge or other drainage and no bad odor. We are going to the vet at 4:15 today for an exam. From the research I have done online, it sounds like it could be a number of things. Anyone else have similar problems? He has no history of this sort of thing.

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