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Old May 25th, 2010, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 1.8tjettagrl View Post
One was impacted and the other was infected as when she was scooting before I took her in I thought it was feces. It was blood to find out. He numbed them in hopes it would help and put a ointment in each one. He gave me the rube of ointment if I needed it for later in hopes what he had done would cure it. How do I know I've gotten the tube in the right place?
I understand your concern on this. The glands are subcutaneous and live at 4 and 8 o'clock with very small pinpoint openings at the anus. If the one has become infected, sometimes they rupture out and you will see a red lesion in either the 4 or 8 o'clock area. You can then rub it topically on there.

At a hospital setting, some veterinarians will infuse the ointment down the gland opening into the gland. I don't know that I would ever have a client do this. It is not the most easy thing to do. I would recommend that if you may want to call and ask if he wanted you to infuse it and if so, then you may want to have him show you. It is definitely a hands on thing and a little challenging.

However since you asked: the ointment tube usually has a stylet which you may insert into the small hole at the anus which are at 4 and 8 o'clock. If you visualize the pet standing, these ducts then travel at a 45 degree angle away from the anus. They only will go for 1/2 to 1 inch. As there are no other small holes in the anus (other than of course, the anus) what you find there will be the anal gland ducts. Again - not the most easy.

Also IMHO: If there is an infection in one or both of the glands than she really needs to have oral antibiotics for a period of time.
Christopher A. Lee, D.V.M., C.V.L.S.
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