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.