my puppy is sick in the butt!
March 14, 2011 6:10 PM Subscribe
Help! My dog is having some issues . . . around her butt. Took her to the vet last week, and she seemed to be improving, but today it's getting worse. Help me help her? Kinda gross details inside, beware.
posted by GastrocNemesis to Pets & Animals (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last wednesday I woke up to find my dog licking her butt and shaking in a creepy way, and upon inspecting her butt, it was oozing bloody goo. Took her to the vet immediately and he told me she had a ruptured anal gland. He fixed it, kinda- not sure exactly what he was doing back there as I was comforting her face while he did it, but I think he probably squeezed it out and cleaned it up. He gave her a couple shots, and gave me some liquid antibiotic as well as some stuff to spray in her butt. Fun!
I've been giving her antibiotics and butt spray twice a day since then, as directed. She seemed to be doing alright for the first few days but tonight it is looking bad again. I don't know if this happened on its own, or if she's been messing with it when I'm not here. But its all swollen, shiny and red, to the point where I'm afraid it may rupture again. Her skin is also pink so I am assuming she has a fever. She also hasn't eaten her food from today and I'm starting to get a little worried, but thought I'd run it by the good pet owners of Metafilter before I experience complete meltdown and try to find an emergency vet. She does seem pretty miserable but I don't know if this is an emergency. (My plan is to call the vet first thing in the AM, though.) I like her vet, plus he already knows what's going on with her, so I think that would be preferable. But if you think I ought to take her somewhere tonight, suggestions in the Chicago area are welcome.
Okay. So my plan for the evening is to keep cleaning it (gently), giving her butt spray, and giving her oral antibiotics. I will try to get her to eat something- probably rice (the vet's suggestion from when she was there before and wouldn't eat.) I also got her little doggy diapers which I think I ought to put on to help keep it clean just in case.
-If I keep the area clean and covered up, and it starts oozing on its own, will she be ok? Like if I just keep (gently) cleaning it?
-What about her fever? Is there anything I can/ should give her?
-How can I tell if this is becoming too serious for me to handle on my own? (I have a tendency to totally freak out about her well-being and overreact, so it's hard for me to tell.)
-Uhh. Any other advice from those of you who have dealt with this?
Thanks guys. Feel free to ask for any pertinent details I may have forgotten.