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anal gland infection, any way to help relieve?
Lara's anal gland infection is still here, been here for a few weeks.
She finished 10 days of Clavamox and, no avail, the infection remained.
Yesterday our vet prescribed 10 days of Baytril - he said it was stronger.
Anyway..we are hoping that clears it up. i've noticed her licking has decreased because she is sick of me saying no and pulling her face away from her butt every time she tries, but some of the discharge is leaking out of her anal gland and it seems quite swollen.
I want to clean her but it's tender to the touch and she cringes when I try to wipe her off with cleansing wipes. It's getting a little gross to worry about getting anal gland fluid on my couch, I've thought about putting on her heat panties so she stays away from it and I don't have to worry.
(edit I forgot to add that it's not an open wound so there is no raw skin, the only way I noticed this was seeing a few drops of blood on her poop every now and then and increased licking)
Do you think warm towel compresses will help her? It didn't start leaking on its own until yesterday. She doesn't seem to be too bothered by it unless I'm touching it or lifting up her tail, but I really think it should be clean to heal.
Poor Lara :(
Did the vet mention infusing the glands with an antibiotic ointment? Nikki always had problems with her anal glands since she was a puppy so I feel your pain. But Nikki did respond to the antibiotics when they became infected the first time.
Can you cover your couch with a blanket or something you can throw the wash?
I hope she gets better real soon!
Morgan had this. I had an irrigation tool and some blue solution I don't remember what it was. Then I had to put abx ointment in there. Twice a day. Took about a month of irrigation, injected and oral ABX, maybe 6 weeks for it to clear up - she was 10 though so.
Make sure you're keeping her clean too, no sitting in the dirt outside. Morgan used men's boxers for that.
I would try the warm compresses, some also do 'sitz' baths in epsom salt warm water.
Less licking is good, but you want to keep a close eye on it so it doesn't "blow"..
If this course of antibiotics doesn't work,I would seriously consider removing the glands before they back up/start developing fistulas..
Thank you guys.
Heidigsd they did not mention anything about ointment - they said if this doesn't work they will probably want to do a cell culture in there. I hope I don't have to irrigate them. O: squeamish about this stuff sometimes lol.
Diane I am also hoping they don't blow or tear skin or something. (every time I lift up her tail I'm scared they are going to express and get all over me) Luckily it's not both glands, it's just the right, but I'm really hoping that this round of antibiotics will help, I will email and ask about some sort of cream if that could increase chances if curing it.
when mine had this, (the first one) they would infuse with panalog. I don't think it did much good, but you could ask about that..Hope the antibiotics work! nothing worse than anal gland issues:(
This stuff helped us. No infection, but it helped when Hans had some swelling back there.
Scroll down to "Medical Treatment": Anal Sacculectomy
Looking at that link I am REALLY glad that it did not rupture. The vet mentioned that it would be really hard to infuse anything in there since the duct is so small, but maybe it can be done after all.
"Anal gland infection may not respond to oral antibiotics, as the glands normally have a blood-anal gland barrier"
I found that really interesting and would explain why the first round of antibiotics didn't work. Hmm, thanks for this!!
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Warm Calendula or Red Clover compresses 2 or 3 times per day for 3 or 4 days or longer will also help.
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Hope your baby is better soon!
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