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Sherley, it sounds like she may have an infected/impacted anal gland. Dogs have two anal glands inside of their rectum when the ducts become occluded it becomes impacted/infected and it will develop into a growth that could rupture on the side of the anal sphincter. This is not a life-threatening condition but it should be seen by a veterinarian. This is not an emergency, it can wait to see your family veterinarian. In the meantime, this is what you can do:
1- Do not let her lick the area. Pick up an E collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop her from licking/gnawing the affected area. For tonight you can put a t-shirt on her to cover the area and prevent her from licking.
2- If the swelling ruptures pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the opening 2-3 times a day.
3- Apply topical cortisone cream to the area 2-3 times a day.
4- Follow up with your family veterinarian.
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