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Compacted anal glands

Friday, Django had the dry-heaves for almost 15 minutes. I called the vet and of course, kept an eye on him, he eventually settled.

Saturday morning Django was throwing up but it wasn't yellow bile, it was red. In addition he was in pain, lower abdominal area, stretching, doing whatever he could to get relief. Needless to say, I rushed him to the vet. Django had a polyp removed from his rectum end of June. I had asked the groomer to keep her distance regarding that area for a month or so to make sure everything had healed completely.

Well, in a month and a half, his anal glands became compacted (something I did not realize could happen) and the pressure and pain was so intense for him, he threw up with such force it broke the tiny blood vessels in his gut causing red vomit.

The vet worked her magic under the hood and we brought him home. I had to give him pepcid 2x a day for 3 days. All was going well, however today (at 3:00 a.m.) we had the same pain in the lower abdominals. I gave him a pepcid right away. That stopped any vomiting that we could tell was in the horizon. Called the vet, not much we can do but keep an eye on him. At around 9:00 he began to rest comfortably.

Has anyone had this sort of experience?
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Good, grief, poor Django and you!!

No advice, here.

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You poor thing and poor Django. I'm no help either except to say I'm sorry you're going through this and I pray Django feels better soon and you can get to the bottom of the problem.

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We've never dealt with this issue, but you are a saint. Pixie and Mig send Django lots of healing lickies.

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There was a thread on this several years ago, don't remember much about it and haven't had that problem, but I think the dog eventually had a ruptured anal glad.

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Oh how horrible for both of you!! I feel bad that he was in so much pain from that. I hope he is feeling better soon. Keep us posted.

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There was a thread on this several years ago, don't remember much about it and haven't had that problem, but I think the dog eventually had a ruptured anal glad.
welcome back Becky , where ya been.?

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That is so heartbreaking to see, hope Django gets well very soon. Sending more hugs and prayers for his recovery.

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I'm sorry to hear about everything you guys are going through. I seem to remember you were switching foods quite a bit. If that created soft stools, his anal glands may not have been expressing on their own.

I have to be careful with fred because the slightest change in his diet can create a softer poo. His merrick bones will sometimes give him the runs. I am going to stop with them and start with raw bones, as Dave suggested in a thread. Fred only had to get his anal glands extracted a few times after he had knee surgery. Other than that, I don't mess with the back side





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I have been switching his food over the past month and all is going well. His poop is good and thanks to the tylan (keeping the colits away) that helps keep things firm. He's doing really good now. The pepcid 2x a day for a week is helping keep things in check.
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