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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Bell. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
Usually impacted anal glands make a cat uncomfortable, and emptying them can be painful, but once they are emptied, the cat usually feels better. Impacted anal glands can make it uncomfortable to pass stool, but usually they do not make a cat ill.
What is going on that exploratory surgery is being discussed? What symptoms does she have? Have any blood tests or Xrays been done?
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How is Bell doing?