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Anal Gland Abscess

The title pretty much says it all. Rufus is recoupering from a nasty boo-boo owie. Friday afternoon, after potty I saw he had a dirty bum and got a warm washrag to clean him up and noticed some serious redness and a dark swollen area to the left and down from his pooper. The vet was full, but we got an appointment for 10:00 Saturday morning. He was acting completely normal..eating, drinking and playing and I never would've noticed a thing, had I not checked his butt after pottying. All that night I was counting down the hours.

Saturday morning he was starting to scootch and I was sooooo glad when it was 10:00 and he could get in to see the vet. Thank goodness hubby could take him in, as I also had a training class for Marley at the same time. WHY does it always happen like that?? Still, after Marley's class I called DH and they were still at the vet, so I hurried over. The vet was going to try and manually express the gland (while he was until a mild anesthesia), but it would not express and they had to lance it. It about broke my heart when the anesthesia wore off (short term) and I could hear him crying in the back.

He's on an antibiotic, a pain reliever, and a cream with a cone for his head and warm compresses 2-3 times a day.

Yesterday was rough and he laid perfectly still the whole day only moving his eyes to follow me. Anytime he moved it hurt and he was digging and whining like crazy. Today he is doing much better, but still laying around for the most part and I have to keep the other dogs away from him. No play allowed or he could get very very hurt/ Not that he wants to way anyway, but Marley doesn't understand and sometimes thinks Rufus is trying to play when he digs like crazy. The tissues are incrediably tender.

He didn't potty all day yesterday and finally peed this morning, but he still hasn't pooped yet. I hope it doesn't hurt when he poops.
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Oh, poor baby! Give Rufus a big hug for me. And don't spare him those painkillers!

It is just so hard to see our sweet babies suffer

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Poor Rufus. Give him and extra belly rub for me.

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OMG, I am sure that is very painful. I have no experience with this except Smarty expresses her anal glands when she gets worked up and barking. I had never heard of this until she started doing it.

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Oh, poor baby! Give Rufus a big hug for me. And don't spare him those painkillers!
It is just so hard to see our sweet babies suffer
Nsaids..don't love to give them, but will if he needs them so I am watching him closely. I don't want him in pain that's for sure!

Thank you Julia!

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OMG, I am sure that is very painful. I have no experience with this except Smarty expresses her anal glands when she gets worked up and barking. I had never heard of this until she started doing it.
The auto-expression must be a bummer, but yeah the abscess is too! It starts with an infection that is introduced into the gland from the rear. I guess he sat on something with cooties on it. He just had a bath a couple days before and his bum looked fine! I'm surprised by how fast this happened to my little guy.
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Poor guy. That must have really hurt. Hope he recooperates quickly.

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Get well soon Rufus

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Ouch! Poor little guy, I hope he's feeling better quickly! Lucky you noticed it when you did.

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Ouch! Poor little guy, I hope he's feeling better quickly! Lucky you noticed it when you did.
No kidding! Christy was fabulous to catch it before it ruptured. In fact, she caught it early enough that she was able to wait almost a full day before seeing the vet, which is rare with an anal gland absess.

Speedy recovery Rufus! Give him my love, Christy.
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Thanks so much Marianne, Sally, Ann!

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No kidding! Christy was fabulous to catch it before it ruptured. In fact, she caught it early enough that she was able to wait almost a full day before seeing the vet, which is rare with an anal gland absess.

Speedy recovery Rufus! Give him my love, Christy.
I will Kimberly. Thanks for your help. It's nice when I have a moment of freaking out and I can call you for advice! My little drama queen is back on his kibble now and has stopped holding out for meatballs. I'm happy with how quickly he's back on his feed. It always makes a mama happy to see her boy eat!
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