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Dog is bleeding from anal gland, I cleaned it but it still…

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Dog is bleeding from...

Dog is bleeding from anal gland, I cleaned it but it still looks swollen and red, I cannot afford a vet right now. What do i do to treat it?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Junior is 6

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Junior?

He is a diabetic and im positive it is not rectal bleeding rather from an anal gland

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

Can you share pictures of what you're seeing?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I notcied after he went to the bathroom at first i thought he hurt his tail i took him to warm bath right away and starting cleaning and realized it was the gland. I squeezed softly and some blood continued to come out but he was very uncomfortable so I took him out and dried him and have just held warm compress to help woth pain.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He was acting normal before this. I did not notice any scooting. After the bath and trying to clean him he is now very lethargic and theres some shaking I believe due to the pain?
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

The area certainly looks red and inflamed as we'd see with an anal gland concern, particularly things like abscesses, impaction and tumors cause this type of swelling.

If you elect to treat this at home and he's on no other medication, you can give aspirin for pain: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/ I would also clean the peri-anal area 2x daily with mild soap, use Neosporin (regular) on the anal area 2-3x daily and be sure he's not licking. If he begins licking, he needs to go into an e-collar like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFWPH17u0eU It can take up to 14 days for this type of problem to resolve. It may worsen before it improves. We typically recommend sedation, expression of the gland (lancing, if needed) and a course of antibiotics and pain medication.

If this is not an option, since you've mentioned your budget being tight, also consider financial aid and funding:

Red Rover: https://redrover.org/find-financial-assistance-veterinary-care

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Should I do any additional squeezing or draining to it before cleaning?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He is breathing normally but shaking intermittently is this due to pain?
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

I would not as this will cause additional discomfort and may cause rupture, if it's not already ruptured. The intermittent shaking does sound like it's due to discomfort, yes.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Can he die if I dont bring him to a vet
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

Unlikely if this is just an anal gland impaction.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
even if I cant afford vet if i clean and apply the neosporin, he should be okay in a few weeks? I am very concerned but with his diabetes my vet funds are at their limit
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

I would expect so, but links are above to determine if you qualify for veterinary financial aid, as well.

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

Checking in. How is Junior doing today?

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