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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?
1) How often are his glands expressed? 2) What breed is he? 3) Any pain during expression? 4) Is he eating, drinking, urinating and defecating normally?
The blood that you witnessed in the anal gland material can be a sign of an infection within the gland themselves. Often the glands need to be expressed more frequently (in smaller dogs every 6-12 weeks) and they may have also been or may be impacted.I would go ahead and schedule an exam with your veterinarian to have him check these glands to be sure all is well. Often, a round of antibiotics are needed and your vet may also want to sedate him and pack the glands to prevent further problems.More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&aid=510
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