Impacted anal glands are fairly common, and once they happen
they are more likely to reoccur. As the stool passes through the
rectum they should squeeze the gland and empty it. Keeping
Kippurr's (great name by the way!) movements very regular and formed
is the best way to keep them from getting impacted. Adding fibre to
her diet may help. Most vets carry supplements. You can also learn
how to empty them (don't they stink!) so if it becomes a chronic
problem, you can do it regularly. Because the gland was infected it
probably made the emptying very painful, but routine emptying while
not pleasant is not painful.
jen, deagan and kira the dog
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Debbie Raikes-May"
> Kippurr (16, heart murmur low grade) was 'doing her business' for
ages out in the garden tonight so I went to investigate. Was
horrified to find that although she had 'been' she had blood on her
back legs and around her bottom. She was in discomfort and dragged
it along the path, licking furiously and then running and dragging
> We rang Kate, our vet, who said to bring her in and I am just back.
> She had no temp, an empty bladder and colon so no discernible
problems there but Kate discovered she had one anal gland that had
not emptied and was very full.
> She emptied it (sorry for those who may be reading) and a more
unpleasant process I have yet to witness..both for us and for
Kippurr - and I am sure- for Kate too.
> She got a lot of gunge out and gave her a shot of antibiotic.
> Does any one know a) is this common? b) is it likely to reoccur
and if yes, what can I do to help prevent it and c) is this
> Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart and from Kippurr: 'just
from my bottom'.
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