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My dog is a 7 year old Siberian husky. His anal gland

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My dog is a 7 year old Siberian husky. His anal gland leaked/ru[tured on Sat. morning. Rushed to vet, received antibiotics. He is on Cephalexin, 250 mg capsules , 2 capsules, 3x a day. Sunday he was restless and uncomfortable. He drank a lot, ate. Finally settled down at night. It is 1:30 AM now. Moday AM. He is panting, restless, uncomfortable. How can I make him comfortable. He has been outside.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Did his vet start any pain relief?

Does he seem sore with his back end?

Has he had any signs of nausea (ie gagging, retching, grass eating, drooling, or vomiting)?

Any belly discomfort or vomiting?

Are his gums pink or pale/white?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No painkillers. Gums seem fine. He is definitely sore on his back end. No retching. I rub his abdomen and he seems all right. He is reluctant to lie down.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Thank you,

Now I am surprised that pain relief wasn't sent home, since a gland rupture can be quite sore. Therefore, given his signs at the moment, it would be ideal to ring his vet about dog safe pain relief to counter this and help get him settled. Otherwise, if they aren't open at the moment (and provided he hasn't had any bleeding with this, isn't on any other medications, and hasn't any other health issues), we can use a low dose of buffered Aspirin (More Info/Dose HERE) to try to reduce his discomfort. Though do note this needs to be given after food and since his antibiotic is notorious for causing gut upset (and Aspirin can as well), we'd want to also think about pre-treating with an antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). As long as he settles, we are happy. Though if his discomfort lingers then we would want his vet to switch him onto a stronger prescription option until the gland heals.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

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

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