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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My rottweiler seems to be having a foul smelly, appeat,

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My rottweiler seems to be having a foul smelly butt, appeat
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Appears to br Appears to be bloody in nature
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?
Customer: Otherwise seems to be ok
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Rottie. Infected/impacted anal sac glands are the most common cause of that odor. His vet will want to digitally palpate the anal sac glands and then express the exudate from inside them. I would expect to find a hemorrhagic and pusy exudate. If so, the glands are then flushed with an antimicrobial solution such as chlorhexidine and then packed with an antibiotic/antifungal/antinflammatory ointment such as one we would ordinarly prescribe for ear infection.

Less commonly, I'll find a perianal fistula but this disorder is much more common in the German shepherd. These fistulas will appear as wounds around the anus but not involve the anus itself. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Does that require a surgical procedure?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Flushing of the anal sac glands can be performed without sedation (as long as my patient is amenable!) and without surgical intervention. A curved tip syringe filled with chlorhexidine and then ointment is introduced into the anal sac gland ducts at 5 and 7 o'clock looking at his anus. The entire procedure can take less than a few minutes in a cooperative patient.

Perianal fistulas are addressed differently...usually immunosuppression with oral cyclosporin. Surgical intervention can be necessary is severe cases. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
All done thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin