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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My Doberman has had anal glad leakage on and off couple

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My Doberman has had anal glad leakage on and off for a couple weeks and I had him at the Vet to be drained and looked at. Well today I noticed it he had a little bit of blood on his back end. What could this be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

The finding of blood in association with a history of anal gland leakage suggests infection in the anal sac gland(s) that has ulcerated the lining of the sac to the point of hemorrhaging. This is addressed by thoroughly flushing the glands with an antimicrobial solution such as chlorhexidine and then packing the glands with an antibiotic-containing ointment. Most dogs will tolerate this procedure unsedated. I use a curved tip syringe to enter the duct of the anal sac gland. One treatment may suffice; I occasional need to repeat the procedure a week later. A systemic antibiotic may hasten resolution of the infection.

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