I booked Diesel for an appointment (new vet) tomorrow at 2pm because he has been doing the bum scoot again. He had his glands expressed in July & the vet said they were VERY full. I find I have to take him every 6 months or so... first, is that normal? How often should they be expressed?
Well, now I wonder if they are infected. His anus was swollen & looked kind of bruised this morning. He just dragged on the carpet & went running out to the kitchen & did a quick sit down. I just looked at his bum & there is blood now, kind of oozing, skin looks raw.
Are we ok to wait til our appointment tomorrow? And anything I can do/give to help relieve him until then? For the rawness, itch (?), bleeding. I've got him in his crate for now to stop him from dragging his bum along rough surfaces like the carpet.
***UPDATE in post 21***
Last edited by Diesel_Dawg; 08-16-2011 at 03:19 PM.
I'm not sure, but I thought that I'd offer my sympathies to poor Diesel. Sounds very painful! Dio expressed his anal glands last week (what a smell!) but they haven't bothered him since. Please let me know though!
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I know nothing about it but wanted to say, "Poor Diesel!!" I have never had to worry about it. Is this a problem seen more in males?
I hope he gets relief tomorrow. Maybe step up his anal glands maintenance to every 3-4 months???
Some dogs have thicker "stuff" in their glands than others. One of my beagles has to have his gland expressed every three months or so (when he starts licking his bottom). My friends Basset has "stuff" the vet described as the consistancy of toothpaste and also has to go in periodically to get his bottom squeezed.
I hope Diesel is feeling better soon
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Tristan actually ruptured one gland - was a horrible mess. You might want to talk to the vet about diet changes - I know a number of dogs that get added fiber in order to help with anal gland issues.
Thanks for the good thoughts.... poor bubba, looks like it is very uncomfortable. When he's not scooting he does a quick sit down then gives me this pained "omg" look like "mama! do sumthin!" I have no idea if he's feeling pain, if it's throbbing or itching I was going to put some vaseline on it to see if that helps but after googling it doesn't seem to be the best idea. Vaseline is a little too thick I guess & would be too goopy. I don't have any Vit E caps so I put a little bit of a natural water based lubricant on his bum in case it's the dry raw skin that is bothering him.
Poor thing! Bauer has never had his expressed (he's 3.5). I have a friend with a rat terrier, and she has to get his expressed pretty often (and he is currently on antibiotics and steroids due to an anal gland infection).
All dogs are different, but I think most express their glands themselves every time they poop . . . maybe I'm wrong. Bauer had a little stretch of runny poop when I was switching his food, and he started butt scooting. I put a little pumpkin in his food, it firmed up his poop and stopped the butt scooting immediately. Are Diesel's poops firm and normal?
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You can put a triple antibiotic ointment in the area. With Indy, his get infected from time to time and rupture. The first time it looked like a slaughter had happened when I got home and freaked out. No I know what to look for. If they are really bad, a trip to the vet with antibiotics. Usually if not so bad, he gets the triple antibiotic ointment a few times a day and I keep an eye on it. The fiber was recommended by our vet. With Indy, he's on so many narcotics he tends to get constipated. Large dogs usually are able to express the glands on their own, but some cant; Indy has no muscle tone from the left side of his rump down his leg, so that's the side he cant express on his own. The vet recommended taking them out, but at 13, its too risky of a surgery for him...and it happens maybe only once or twice a year.
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Get beter soon Diesel! Poor thing
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