Hysterical visit at the vet today...

  1. Remember when I asked about having my little miss spayed? Well we did it last month. She had a superficial wound infection post-op, wouldn't stop licking the incision, but responded well to the AB's and has is healed well.

    Saturday night we noticed she had a little bloody discharge from her private area. And, Sunday, my husband and kids couldn't leave the house unitl animal control came, these two huge mean dogs were stalking our gate, they had tried to get at miss pretty pants outside.

    OK, so I think to myself, this vet is gonna PAY for this, did he forget to remove her uterus or something?? I leave a message on his machine sunday night. Monday I stopped in, I had a visit in the neighborhood, and had to return the keep-from-eating-the incision collar, so I saw the vet and asked him if he got my message, he said bring her in today. Hubby was off, so I called him and later I met them, on my lunch time, at the vet's.

    Poor Shelby, had to have a long q-tip stuck in her...ahem, and did she cry! Three of us held her down! Then the vet sawbbed it, and said no red cells, well it was a rust color on the fur. So, he next did a rectal, and emptied out her "anal sacs". It literally stunk up the entire room! I was at the head end, but my husband said what was removed was "beyond disgusting."

    The vet said some dogs have this build up and it simply requires maintenance by removal every so often. I looked at him and said "YOu do that right?" Yes, he smiles. "Good I say, b/c I am NOT sticking my fingers in the dogs butt! The he says her "vulva is retracted" and we need to get a douche spray and clean the area with it, then apply vasoline around the vaginal opening. I looked at my husband, and then I said, ah you may need to show us exactly where you are talking about. I mean is the urethra and vagina in a female dog coming from the same opening?

    I felt like an idiot when we were done, but I was glad the doc didn't forget to do the correct procedure. He said that wicked smell might have attracted the dogs. My husband said I told you that dog smelled bad!

    Anyone else ever had a dog with this problem?? The vet says it's quite common. YUK!

    WE are thinking of re-naming her to
    "Miss Poopy Pants" :chuckle !!
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  3. by   Zee_RN
    When I was a child, we had a dog that had "infected anal glands" and it was very similar to what you just described. Male dog, though. Nasty, nasty stuff!
  4. by   aimeee
    Ewwwww! I've heard of it, but fortunately have not had this learning experience personally yet. Poor little darling!
  5. by   kaycee
    I had an Irish Setter that had this problem and the vet had to empty those anal glands every now and again. I knew they were full when she would drag her butt on the ground and yes the odor. In some instances I know they can be removed if it gets to be a major problem, but I think that's the last resort.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    That's why I only had 2 male dogs and two sons....being a female is enough. LMAO +ROTF.....Hoolahan you ALWAYS make me laugh.

    Hope "PRINCESS" is better soon.
  7. by   canoehead
    I had a dog as a child that needed his anal glands emptied- my Dad did it every so often. Everyone else would have to leave the room for the smell. I don't think I could do it even for an animal I loved, it was repulsive.
    I used to give my mother endless hours of teasing for doing this to our Shelby. We were having problems with it, so the vet taught her how to do it. I believe she did it every time she bathed her. How gross. They call it "expressing the glands". Everytime that poor dog farted we would yell "Mom, the dog wants you to express her!"

  9. by   hoolahan
    I did not notice my little angel doing anything weird, but she was cutting them lately! Whew, you know how bad dog farts are, but somehow these were just that much worse!

    Heather, that is too funny. That is why I wanted to clarify that the vet would do it. The visit cost $22, and I would happily pay that every week if need be to keep my fingers out of the dogs butt!! :chuckle :roll

    Oh well, I love the little dickens anyway, just feel slightly differently about her licking me right on the face! :kiss

    Thanks for the replies. Not be continue this gross conversation, but to those who have had this nasty expereince, do you remember how often this had to be done? Thanks :imbar
  10. by   shay
    BLEAH!!! ANAL SACS!! Yeeeeees, our vet said something about it, but I said hell no, I wasn't doing it...that's what I paid HER for. Had it done twice, worth the bill for the vet visit every time. Never smelled it 'cause they take her to a treatment room...I hear it's horrid, though.

    I love my pets, but no way am I sticking my finger up ANYTHING in the back end. That's what the vet is for. I am one of those gals who will gladly fork out the $$ for the vet to do the icky stuff FOR me. YUCK!!!
  11. by   fulwood
    I have a 15 year old cocker that I acquired when she was 10 years old. Her anal glands were removed as she kept persistently licking that region for years and it did prevent this...My friend previously owned dog for 8 years so don't know if this information helps at all! Now all I have to deal with the dog is the CHF and mitral valve prolapse issue...
  12. by   LTC-LPN
    hoolahan...I am glad that the vet was able to get the "little problem" taken care of. How is Shelby doing today? We have never had that problem with our dog, but we do have a cat who gets UTIs.

    We also have a 12 year old English setter, much beloved by the family, who has CHF. He is on lasix and enacard. He is holding his own.

    Pets really do become "one of the family".

    Jane Ann
  13. by   hoolahan
    Hi Jane, Miss Poopy Pants" is fine today. Knocked a canister of Quaker oats off the shelf and ate half of it before I found her. Gosh I hope this doesn't plug her up!! :chuckle
  14. by   live4today

    We have a 3 yr. old Miniature Pinscher - a male though - who drags his butt occasionally across the floor. We were told by the vet that dogs will often do this to try and perform their own "expressing of the sacs" without a human's assist. Sometimes our little Prince is able to express himself by doing that, but when he can't, either my husband or the vet does the expressing. No way am I going to do it! I feed him, I bathe him, I walk him, I brush him, I pet him, but no expressing from me will he ever experience...not in his lifetime or mine.