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My dog has a little bubble on its butt and it has puss ...

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My dog has a little bubble on its butt and it has puss oozing out.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

Is this swelling slightly below the rectum and to one side or the other?
Does your dog scoot on the floor?
Has your dog been licking the area a lot?
Is there an odor to the area?
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: Yes it is slightly below and to the left of the rectum. It does have an odor to it. I have not noticed her scooting on the floor but she doesn't act like she's feeling well.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

It sounds like your girl has a problem with her anal glands. It sounds like one is infected and possibly 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 is 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 but can happen to any size dog. 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.
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
If I rinse it and do the neosporin can I avoid a vet visit? Will it heal on its own?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

It may heal on its own, but you are going to have to be diligent about rinsing, disinfecting and treating it. I would recommend 3-4 times a day. You'll want to keep a close eye on it as well to be sure it is not getting worse. It would be best if your dog was seen given that it is already leaking pus. Some large chain pet stores such as petsmart and petco have low cost vets. The following organization may help finance a visit as well.
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