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#56473 - 06/22/10 04:57 PM Bleeding from anal gland
Karin Offline
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Heidi has had anal gland problems on and off over the years. When we first got her, they got impacted a couple of times (and one time, infected). Then, I switched foods and she didn't have any more problems for at least a year.

This past April and now again in June, she started having problems again. She'd be licking and licking that area, and sometimes I would see a darkish red (what looked like blood) discharge on the carpet where she was licking.

When I took her into the vet in April, the vet said that the anal glands weren't full (in fact, they were small), but the left side looked a little bloody. They squeezed out what they could and put her on antibiotics and she was fine until early June. I took her in this morning and apparently, the same thing is happening again on the left anal gland. The vet said that it was kind of unusual to have the bleeding recurring on an anal gland that was not enlarged or infected, and said that if we wanted, they could put her under and do a thorough inspection and flushing of the area. She recommended putting her under because Heidi goes into total panic mode when anyone goes near her anal glands. We've wanted to get some spinal x-rays on her for a while, so we'd take advantage of her being under to get that done too.

Anyone have any ideas of what this could be? I asked about fistulas and she said that Heidi didn't have one. I also asked about foxtails (in light of recent discussions here) and she said that it was possible but not likely to get in such a tiny opening.

Thanks for any advice!
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#56476 - 06/22/10 05:10 PM Re: Bleeding from anal gland [Re: Karin]
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Fistulas would have been my guess. My girl, Keiki, developed them, too. It sounds like Heidi is in a lot of discomfort--I hope your vet finds an answer and is able to help.
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#56482 - 06/22/10 05:22 PM Re: Bleeding from anal gland [Re: Bennett]
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I wouldn't rule out the fox tails. Siena has gotten them in her anus before (we saw it sticking out and removed it) and more recently in her vagina. I wonder how they got in there in the first place.

I hope it is nothing and maybe licking irritates it to bleed?
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#56488 - 06/22/10 05:26 PM Re: Bleeding from anal gland [Re: DianaB]
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I'm not sure how your vet can rule out an internal fistula? My experience is that some vets don't have a lot of experience in this area (first vet that saw Max's open fistula said it was not a fistula). Max's Derm cannot feel internal fistulas, she can only feel the scar tissue once they've closed.

I *really* hope that it's not a fistula.

Guess I'm hoping for a foxtail!
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#56552 - 06/22/10 09:28 PM Re: Bleeding from anal gland [Re: MaxaLisa]
Karin Offline
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Thanks for the replies (and the well wishes!) After thinking about it a bit, we decided to just go with the antibiotics and warm compresses and see if things improve. Before April, the last time she had any anal gland problems was in spring of 2009 and everything was fine for a year. So.... if she continues to have problems, we'll go from there.

I sure hope it's not a fistula either...
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#56555 - 06/22/10 09:34 PM Re: Bleeding from anal gland [Re: Karin]
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Antibiotics and warm compress sound like a good plan to me too.

Max had gland problems several years ago, he had to have the gland infused with antibiotics. I hope they don't have to do that - he didn't like it at all frown
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#56581 - 06/22/10 11:19 PM Re: Bleeding from anal gland [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I would give the Antibiotics a try also.

The one question I have is the consistency of the poop. Good normal poop, when the dog defecates empties the glands. I know my dogs have to have a certain amount of fiber in their food or we can have problems.
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