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Anal Gland infection/ abscess

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 )

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I hope Gucci is back to her old self real soon.

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Poor sweet Gucci. I hope her hiney starts feeling better soon. Thanks for sharing her story so we can all learn from it. And yes, she's very very cute, even on pain killers.

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I hope she feels better soon.

I appreciate the information. I am always concerned about this with bella. As she has gotten older, she's needs her anal glands expressed. I always check back there at bath time...

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thanks for sharing Kara , poor little duff.

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Poor little girl! Feel better Gucci!

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I am glad Gucci is better. Coco had this several times.
What is the bottom line on preventing this?
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Thank you, everyone!

I asked the vet what caused this and how to prevent it and they didn't really have an answer for me, she is 7 years old and has had pretty good health. I think I will put her back on probiotics.

It just really surprised me how quickly the abscess happened after noticing the tender red skin . The vet told me that smaller breeds are a bit more prone to this happening, although, I haven't heard much of this in the Havanese community.

Its always hard when your fur child isn't feeling well Its just like having a sick kid, but harder because they can't' tell you what they are feeling and where it hurts…sigh.

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Wow, sorry this happened and thanks for sharing. I learn so much from this forum - things I would have never thought about or questioned.

I hope she is doing better.

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Does anyone know if this is a common problem in Havs? Our little Fitzgerald (almost 9 months) has been having what we think are continuing anal gland problems.

It all started around the beginning of December when he swallowed a big piece of Bully Stick. We took him to the vet and they prescribed antibiotics to reduce any swelling that may occur, but also determined that his anal glands were very full and probably causing him discomfort, so they expressed them. He was having really loose stools because of the antibiotics and then started scooting all of the floor and was very obviously uncomfortable, so we took him BACK to the vet. His anal glands had to be expressed again.

He was scooting again a few weeks ago and seemed to be having a ton of trouble passing any stool (he was straining and squatting all over the yard with very minimal success) and when we finally brought him inside, he went right back to the door like he needed to go out again. That's when we noticed fresh, bright red blood on his anus. We took him right to the emergency vet, and while the anal gland hadn't ruptured and they couldn't even determine for sure where the bleeding came from, his anal glands were super full yet again and had to be expressed.

He's started scooting again in the last day or two, and I just wanted to know if anyone else has had issues with ongoing anal gland problems. Is it possible/safe to express them ourselves? I'm not going to lie, the prospect of doing it isn't exactly appealing, but it's going to get REALLY expensive if Fitz has to go to the vet a couple of times a month because of it.

Any experiences or feedback that anyone has would be GREATLY appreciated.

Though he was uncomfortable before going to the vet, Fitz actually LOVES going to the vet and got really happy when we got little weirdo

PS--Thumper, Gucci is SO CUTE! I'm glad she's on the mend. I know how scary it can be when you realize that something may be VERY wrong with our sweet little fur-babies.

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