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Ruptured anal gland

February 21st, 2008, 08:24 AM
My poor little Joe (pom x poodle) was dealing with constipation, straining to go and ruptured his anal gland. He has eaten 4 (cooked) chicken hearts the day before and was having a hard time eliminating. Gave him some pumpkin and milk but not before he strained too hard and gushed poop/blood/anal secretion. The patch is about the size of a dime, raw and oozing. Vet put him on 62.5 clavamox, I shaved the area and gave him a warm rear-end bath. Have been adding bran to his breakfast but omg it looks sore and he's having a hard time to sit down. I should have cut the hearts into tiny, tiny little pieces as he has a tendency to gulp any delicacies. He goes out to pee pretty quickly now we're having freezing weather again due to his hairless little behind.

February 21st, 2008, 08:48 AM
I'm wincing just reading this lol. I believe there are different 'numbing'(local anaesthetic) creams and sprays available - you should ask your vet. Since it is close to, or on, mucous membranes and is still healing, it would have to be a very specific kind, and not toxic if he licked it (can he? then maybe a collar, although it would be a shame to add insult to injury).

February 21st, 2008, 11:38 AM
Ouch ! that must hurt :sad:

February 21st, 2008, 12:33 PM
Ouch poor little guy... hope that heals up quickly!

February 21st, 2008, 01:31 PM
Yes that sounds awfully painful. I'm with the others, topical something to help the pain or the discomfort. I'd call the vet again and tell him the dogs really uncomfortable.

Ford Girl
February 21st, 2008, 01:57 PM
Pubert, my cat did that too...on the day of my stagette!!! HA! One blew, we took him in, they shaved and cleaned him, drugged him up!

My girlfriends had to bring me home every 4 hours to check on him...I couldn't bail on my own stagette!! Of all days eh? :rolleyes:

February 21st, 2008, 02:33 PM
Awww.....poor little Joe. :sad: :grouphug: Would the vet give him something for the pain? :o

February 21st, 2008, 06:39 PM
Joe thanks you for your well wishes. Unfortunately since it oozes I need to give him a rear-end bath twice a day so lint/dust doesn't attach itself to the wound. He's on a pain med but vet thought it would heal faster using medicated shampoo (non stinging) and allow the air to dry it. The only consolation is he can't reach to lick it so doesn't have to wear a cone, otherwise I'd really be on the sh-- list. As it is he doesn't want me anywhere near that end and hides when he hears the bath running.

February 21st, 2008, 06:55 PM
One of my dogs had the same anal gland rupture twice, about a year apart. No cone, no bandage etc. He did have some homeopathic remedies though. In any case, it healed up nicely. Both times it was in the dead of winter and I would look outside to see him cooling his butt on the snow. It apparently helped his discomfort a lot. :lightbulb:

I was worried at the time that he would end up needing surgery since that had happened twice, but it hasn't happened in over 6 years (touching wood).

February 21st, 2008, 07:36 PM
As it is he doesn't want me anywhere near that end and hides when he hears the bath running.

Sam does the same thing with his ear meds. :sad:

Poor little Joe , I sure hope his painkiller pills are working !

February 24th, 2008, 07:35 PM
i believe that my aussie has a ruptured anal gland....all the signs are there as well as verifying pics on the web. unfortunately there were no previous signs that something like this was coming. so here is my i need to take her in to the vet for treatment, or is there something that i can do at home that will help it heal. this is the first time that this has happened that i know, we have had her for a year and she is now 6. i hate to go to the vet, as you are then committed to whatever they say. i noticed that there is a post that someone did homeopathic meds....could someone shed some light??
thank you!!

February 24th, 2008, 09:08 PM
vervie, you should at least take her in to have the vet confirm that that's what the problem is. She may need antibiotics for an infection.

If you disagree with the treatment the vet suggests, you can always refuse it, but your dog really should be checked over before you start her on any treatment, even a homeopathic one.

I hope she's okay :fingerscr