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Here we are again--Anal Glands *update*

Rufus was back into the vets Thursday with another anal gland abcess. Remember he just went through this in September? Well this was the gland on the other side! Once again, it just came up so fast. I combed him out on Tuesday and no sign of any problem, then Wednesday night he was curled up in a bed whining softly and sure enough it was red and very swollen! I called my vet and got the answering service--vet was closed because it was 11:00 at night. They had the vet on call phone me back and she said get him in first thing in the morning. She also said to give him the Rimadyl I had in the cupboard left over from last time. I din't sleep a wink all night! I just kept staring at the clock and thinking 8 more hours...7 more hours...6 and listening to Rufus breathe.

Of course in the morning I got him right in but was informed the vets all had a full schedule and they would fit him in, so had to leave him there. I made sure to tell them it was very swollen and I was afraid it would burst so PLEASE have the vet at least take a look ASAP! I got a couple calls thoughout the day, first to let me know that they had to medicate him as he wouldn't let anyone back there to see, then later from the vet to give me the news. Yes, it was an abscess and it ruptured between the time he wouldn't let them see and the point where they checked on him again. They flushed it out and filled with antibiotic ointment like last time and sent him home with pain meds, ointment, and antibiotics once again.

The vet is concerned because he is a young dog and has had this happen twice now in a short time, but says we will heal him up again this time. She sent home info to read about having those glands removed, so wants me to research about that JIC this happens again. Her concern is that it will keep happening. I haven't read the material yet, with all the Christmas hubub, DS's birthday this week, Rufus needs alot of attention right now and I've had a migraine for 3 days! (Obviously doing better today, or I wouldn't be able to be on computer boring you will all the gory details lol)

My poor little man is feeling poorly so please thin good thoughts for him that this will be the last time he has this problem!

Oh and once he is healed up he will be getting a new hair do. Most likely something short where I can keep closer tabs on his backside. The vet already gave him a good start on that. They shaved his entire back end from stem to stern and even did some nasty cutting on his tail to keep all the hair away from that area so you may see me cruising around the grooming section getting ideas now for clippers and shears.

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Poor Rufus! Hope he doesn't have to go through the surgery and this will be last time he has this problem. Feel better soon, Rufus!

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Poor Rufus, I am so sorry you two are going through this again Christy.

Maybe Rufus needs a lion cut for a little while, Riley said it was not so bad, he got lots of extra attention and it all grow's back.

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OMG, that must really hurt. Poor baby. Hope he's feeling better soon.

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I'm so sorry to read this! Poor Rufus...yes, I wouldn't hesitate to give the beautiful boy a puppy cut when his health is at stake, but I kow it will be a little sad for you to do so, too.

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I'm so sorry to read this! Poor Rufus...yes, I wouldn't hesitate to give the beautiful boy a puppy cut when his health is at stake, but I kow it will be a little sad for you to do so, too.
Sheri, It is bigtime tears time for me. I have alway loved the full coated look and have worked hard to keep both boys in long coats. His health is the very most important thing though and if he has problems come up again, I want to be able to catch it happening and hopefully do something! I know that if my nekkid Chinese Cresteds had this issue it would be painfully obvious right away.

When I say the vet cut the backside, I mean they shaved him to the skin to the size area a man's hand may not cover! The rest of the hair in back was mercilessly chopped until the entire area was fully exposed so that even the 4 inches of tail closest to the body has been hacked to about an inch. Even the shortest of short puppy cuts wouldn't camoflage this, so he will be a bit of a mess for a few months. I'm even wondering if pants would help in a week or so because his owie is so exposed that even once he feels up to playing with the others he has no protection in back. He is currently gated away from everyone else in an ex-pen for his own privacy and safety. He won't be feeling like playing at all for awhile. At this point he only wants to lie there and sometimes cries and digs in his bed like he wants to get away from his own hind end.
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Thanks Ann and Poonima! Leeann, Riley looked adorable in his modified lion cut! I'm pretty sure it takes a very special guy to pull off that look! Not so sure Rufus can get away with it. He needs something more...Rufus-y lol! Maybe a mohawk?
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Oh no! I am so sorry this happened again, I know first hand that it is NO fun!
And his poor chop-job backside..... a puppy cut may be the only way to go, the good thing is that hair does grow back!
Give him belly rubs from me---

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(((((((((((((((Rufus and Christy)))))))))))))))))))

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Ahhh poor Rufus! So sorry he is going through this again!

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