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My dog has a slightly enlarged anus and diahrea. She had ...

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My dog has a slightly enlarged anus and diahrea. She had her anal glands expressed on Wednesday - could this be why?

Thank you,
Laura
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
The anal gland expression might leave her anal area slightly swollen but should not cause diarrhea.
You can read about anal glands here
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html
It could be that she was backed up from retaining stool due to the anal area hurting her and once the backed up stool was passed she had some diarrhea.
It could also be that she has picked up an intestinal infection or been given a fatty treat that is making her stool pass through her system too quickly.
If you want to try some home remedy to see if you can clear this up then an over the counter med you might use would be Pepcid or Tagamet.
Be sure to tell the vet when you see them if you use either of these.
You can read about dose amounts (and cautions) scrolling down on the pages here
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx
You can also see if bland food will help your pet feel better.
I would suggest trying boiled chicken meat or hamburger with the fat drained off, mixed with really well cooked rice in a ratio of 1/3 meat to 2/3 rice to see if that works. It’s not a balanced diet but OK to use for a few meals while working on controlling digestive upset.
If it gets worse I'd see your vet about it.
Hope this helps you!