Dear VetBabble: Is My Dog’s Swollen Anus After Anal Gland Expression a Concern?
Thank you for contacting VetBabble with your question concerning your dog’s swollen anus following anal gland expression. Swelling and redness can indeed be a concern, especially if she is also experiencing lethargy and has had multiple bowel movements in the house. In this article, we’ll discuss what might be causing these symptoms and what you can do to help your pet. We will cover the following topics:
Understanding Anal Glands and Expression
Anal glands, or anal sacs, are two small pouches located on either side of a dog’s anus. They produce a foul-smelling liquid that is usually expelled during defecation. However, sometimes these glands can become clogged, leading to a condition called impaction. This is when the anal glands might need to be manually expressed to release the built-up fluid. To learn more about anal glands and whether manual expression is necessary, take a look at this article: Anal Glands: What Are They and Do I Need to Express Them?
Expressing a dog’s anal glands can be done either externally, which involves applying pressure on the outside of the anus, or internally, which involves inserting a finger into the rectum and gently squeezing the gland. For more information on how to safely express your dog’s anal glands, read our guide on How to Express Dog’s Anal Glands.
Possible Causes of Swelling and Redness After Expression
There are several reasons why your dog’s anus might be swollen and red after anal gland expression. As you mentioned, it may be possible that she has been licking or chewing the area, which can cause irritation. Another possibility is that the anal glands were squeezed too hard during the expression, causing trauma to the surrounding tissues. Additionally, it could also indicate an underlying issue like an infection or inflammation.
Diarrhea might also be causing your dog’s discomfort, especially if she has pooped multiple times in the house. To help determine whether your dog’s diarrhea is a cause for concern, check out this article on Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry.
When to Seek Veterinary Assistance
If your dog’s anus remains swollen and red the morning after anal gland expression, it is crucial to have her examined by a veterinarian. They will be able to accurately diagnose the issue and provide the appropriate treatment. In the meantime, keep a close eye on your dog and her symptoms, especially any changes in her behavior, appetite, or bowel movements.
Lumps and bumps on your dog’s body can also be a potential reason for concern. To understand when it’s essential to have them checked by a professional, read our article on Lumps and Bumps: When to Worry.
In conclusion, while some swelling and redness can occur after anal gland expression, it is essential to monitor your dog’s symptoms and consult a veterinarian if they persist or worsen. Doing so will ensure your pet receives the proper care and treatment to help her feel comfortable and healthy again.