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Dr. B., Board Certified Veterinarian
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I have a shit zu who recently had one of his anal gland

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Hi I have a shit zu who recently had one of his anal gland released and was put on antibiotics however last night he started scratching n licking his Anus again. I don't want it to become infected is there anything I can do to help him as his vets aren't open
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. Now dogs cannot really cause infection of the anal gland itself by self-trauma since the gland is inside the colon. That said, we don't want him to cause secondary infection of the skin around that area. Therefore, at this point, we'd need to think about blocking his access to this area by using an e-collar to prevent licking or putting a pair of small boxer shorts (turned backwards so there is a hole for the tail) on him. As well, to reduce skin infection risk, we can bathe the irritated area with a mild antiseptic (ie dilute betadine, chlorohexidine, salt water) 2-3 times daily. Afterwards, we can pat the are dry and apply an OTC hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation and itchiness for him. If we do that through the weekend, we can at least keep him comfortable until his vet can recheck that gland and make sure there isn't any recurrence of that recent infection. Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. *Please remember to rate my service afterwards, as this is the only way I receive credit for helping you today. Thank you! : )
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
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