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open area or wound near anus that is weeping and bloody

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dog has been out-of-sorts past two days. didnot defigate for two days finally did today. We found what appears to be an open wound near her anus that is weepijng and slightly bloody. She licks it often in the last two days.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
Hi Hammer,

It sounds like your girl has a problem with her anal glands. It sounds like one is infected and ruptured. The anal glands are 2 sacs on either side of the anus at about the 4' o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. If your dog has been continually licking their anus and dragging it, it could also indicate that they are full. This problem can usually be resolved by emptying out the glands. To empty them or express them, you will want to cover the area with a tissue and press your finger on the dog's anal glands with an upward motion. A foul smelling liquid should come out. If nothing comes out and your dog appears to be in pain, you should take him to the Vet. Your vet can do this easily, as he is experienced at it.

Excellent site on anal glands

This is a common problem in small breeds. Since it sounds like it was infected and ruptured, a vet visit is recommended. You can also ask him to show you how to express the glands on a regular basis. For now, flush the gland well, disinfect the area with hydrogen peroxide 3% and apply some neosporin or triple antibiotic cream to the area until you can have her seen. Be careful if you try to express the other gland as you do not want it to rupture if too much pressure is put on it.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you that sounds like it could be the case. The vet is out of the office til monday, but I will take her in then. She seems to be getting better now that it has popped and is weeping; less lethargic. we have neo and hydro peroxide. not sure if we shopuld apply anything cause she is licking it fairly regularly. THANK YOU FOR THE INFO
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

As long as you can keep her from licking for 5 minutes to give the neosporin time to work, it should be ok to apply with her licking. You might try a no bite collar.

You might also be able to make a no-bite collar as well with some heavy plastic and velcro. Though she might start scooting instead and then need a diaper.

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