What a rough week my sweet Princess has had.
Gucci had an anal gland infection and it abscessed at 2am on Friday night. I searched the forum for threads about this last weekend and I didn't find any (I might've missed them because I was so exhausted from staying up with my girl) but I thought I should probably start one incase anyone else runs into this problem. I asked the vet what caused it and they said there really isn't a cause…it just happens sometimes, but looking back over the last few weeks, she had some symptoms that I chalked up to 'constipation'..
Let me preface by saying we haven't had any previous issues with anal glands, but a few weeks ago..she started dragging her butt across the floor and having more 'gas'. I assumed the extra gas was from some turkey that my DH gave her (which does crank the fart level up), and over the last few weeks we noticed that something was just 'off' with her and knew she didn't feel good but we didn't know exactly what was wrong..everyone in the family had speculated on her being 'depressed', 'tired' ..'winter blues', etc.. she was generally off and not quite herself. On Thursday afternoon when I was cleaning her up after her walk..I noticed that one side of her anus was hard and the other one was soft..I guess I thought it was a stool and she was constipated, but she was also crying a little at the water I sprayed to clean her up with. I thought it was something that could wait til' the next morning to take to the vet because I was going to be next door to the vet at my husband's office, but later that afternoon around 5 the area near her anus was very red and painful to the touch and I did a little research online and had suspected it was an anal gland infection but was so shocked to see how quickly it grew into an exterior abscess!
By 11 pm on Thursday night it had grown into a quarter size exterior abscess (I won't post the pictures cause it is pretty gross looking). I took a picture and texted the vet tech who is a good friend of ours and she said yes to try to make her comfortable and come in first thing in the morning. She ended up popping it open around 2am and that gave her a little relief, but she was in horrible pain pretty much all weekend
The vet had us come back again on Saturday morning, Sunday morning and again this morning so they can watch it heal and keep it clean, just the nature of where it is at is so close to her anus that keeping it clean has been a task in itself.
Her treatment is antibiotics, metacam, Ultram, ChlorhexiDerm wipes, warm compresses, and Zymox spray.
She seems to be feeling better and on the mend and I hope nobody else's fur baby has to contend with this, but I know now what signs to look for and I probably will take frequent butt dragging a lot more seriously next time.
Here is a picture of her right now..she has that sort of pain pill zoned out look but as cute as ever, IMO..(In mom's opinion