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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog (lab) has been diagnosed with anal glad infection.

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My dog (lab) has been diagnosed with anal glad infection. The culture report came back with "proteus mirabilis". What is the best antibiotic and or treatment for this.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Melinda, for simple anal gland infection/impaction I don't culture the gland(s) but, instead, treat as I would any simple abscess - flush the gland(s) thoroughly with an antimicrobial solution such as chlorhexidine and then pack them with a broad spectrum otic ointment. This procedure might have to be repeated in a week. Most dogs allow me to do this with curved tip syringes filled with the chlorhexidine and ointment without the need for sedation or anesthesia. Systemic antibiotics are rarely necessary if the glands are treated locally in this manner. Proteus is a common gram negative bacterium found in the GI tract and uniformly naturally sensitive to all aminoglycosides, acylureidopenicillins, some cephalosporins, carbapenems, aztreonam, quinolones, sulfamethoxazole, and co-trimoxazole (the Bactrim). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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

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