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1- Is the swelling next to the anal sphincter?There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.
Friend, it sounds like your dog has a ruptured anal gland as you have suspected. This is what you can do until he is seen by family veterinarian:
1- Great move in putting on the ecollar; leave the ecollar on to prevent him from licking area.
2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the opening 2-3 times a day.
3- After flushing affected area as above apply a topical cortisone cream or hydrocortisone. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days. You can buy this over the counter in any pharmacy.
Note: Do not over the counter pain killers, most are toxic to dogs and will interfere with certain medications your vet may need to use. The topical cortisone will help relieve lots of discomfort.
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