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Discharge from kitten's rectum. I have video. Eating habits

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Discharge from kitten's rectum. I have video. Eating habits and poop seems normal
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the kitten had this discharge?
Customer: 2-3 days
JA: Does the kitten ever go outside? Are they taking any medications?
Customer: No to both
JA: What's the kitten's name?
Customer: Mietzi
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I have a video that shows the discharge
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 12 days ago.

Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Mietzi has this issue.

What age is she?

A video would be good. Is the discharge constant? Any bad smell?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She is 10 weeks
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She is 10 weeks - yes as far as I know it's constant
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
a bit smelly
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 12 days ago.

How unusual. So, roughly how much liquid would she discharge in say 1 hour? A drop?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
A bit more I'd say. It just covers the butt hole, but it doesn't ever drop off. Its not as watery as water more a bit sticky
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 12 days ago.

Ok, sure.

So are you cleaning it or does she wash it off?

Yet, her poos are normal? A few a day, solid brown, no blood, no mucus?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She washes it off. Her poos are normal, maybe a bit sticky. Definitely a few a day!
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 12 days ago.

Ok, sure.

While it is hard to know for sure without examining her, I would suspect this is an anal gland issue.

Kittens have 2 glands within the anus that secrete a sticky or watery liquid which can smell strong, sometimes like fish.

If these are full or infected, we may see discharge like you describe.

Ideally, a vet would examine her back passage as if the glands are full they need emptying. Similarly, if there is an infection she may need antibiotics.

Sometimes, worms are involved, so do ensure she is up to date with a good quality wormer such as Panacur.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Alright, thank you! We haven't dewormed her yet as we just got her. We'll do that. How long should I wait before I go to a vet practice?
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 12 days ago.

Ok, great!

The sooner she can be seen the better.

At this age, it is good to get her vaccines started and to have a health check, though I appreciate this may be tricky due to Corona.

Expert:  Linda Simon replied 6 days ago.

Hi there, how is Mietzi getting on?