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Amt5121 08-24-2014 11:40 AM

Anal problems
My name is Alex and my my sweet boy is having a pretty serious problem.
It all started about 3 weeks ago and I noticed him starting to lick his bottom a lot. That happened for a couple of days and then it stopped. Well now this past week, he has had leakage, horrible smells coming from there, and he has licked and bitten so much he has hardly any hair around his tail area. The leakage started off as clear liquid and now it is a dark brown color. After every potty break we bring him into the bathroom and wipe his butt down really good because the leakage continues. When we wiped him this morning we started to notice blood. His bowel movements are completely solid. There are no worms or anything abnormal with his poop. He is eating fine. He is still acting like he does on a normal basis. I just notice he starts to feel bad once he starts licking himself. We are going to the vet Monday morning but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Any advice or stories help.

Amt5121 08-24-2014 11:41 AM

I should also mention he is up to date on shots. He is 2.5 years old. And weighs 76 pounds.

JeanKBBMMMAAN 08-24-2014 11:51 AM

He could have impacted/infected anal glands. Very good you will get him to the vet - sooner is always better to remember for the future. The anal glands can blow and rupture. For now, I would use warm - not hot - water compresses with a paper towel or washcloth a few times a day, and try to distract him from licking in a nice way.

I had a foster puppy who was on antibiotics and compresses, and vet visits every week or so to keep an eye on his when they got impacted/infected.

If it's not that, it could be fistulas, which are a whole different story, or probably a lot of other things I've never seen. Good luck!

Kahrg4 08-24-2014 01:14 PM

My first thought was the anal glands as well. Def head to the vet as soon as you can.

GSD Owner in Training :-) 08-25-2014 12:43 PM

I hope your vet appointment today goes good and you figure out what the issue is.

Momto2GSDs 08-25-2014 12:59 PM

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middleofnowhere 08-25-2014 03:18 PM

Alex, Time for another vet visit. Impacted anal glands can be cured/fixed. Fistulas are a bigger problem. Both issues need vet attention.

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