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I just noticed today that Kima has a lump about the size of a golfball on her rump to the right of her anus about an inch to two inches from it. This is something that was not there two days ago (I didn't notice it yesterday either but I can't be for sure it wasn't there as the day was very hectic). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions they might want to give? My vet isn't open until Tuesday and I was wondering if it would be safe to wait till then or not. I would take a picture of it but you can't tell she has this lump in any of the pictures I have taken. It's not affecting her play any. Oh and she is also coming out of heat (don't think that would have anything to do with it but I'm trying to give all the info I have at the moment).
 

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Hmm.
Better have her seen.
Sooner is better.

I'm suspecting it's probably an anal gland abscess.
 

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I'd guess abscessed anal gland too. You can apply a warm compress if it seems to be bothering her. It may rupture, which is really nasty....especially if it happens on your furniture.

The vet will most likely drain it and put her on antibiotics.
 

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I agree, warm (as warm as you can stand it) compress, 15 minutes at a time. It won't hurt, and if it opens and drains, all that much better. If it is an abcess, she could be systemically ill by Tue., if the toxins make it into the bloodstream.
Or, it could be no big deal....
Check her temperature.
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Thanks for the information! How often should I use a warm compress? Also, another thing to add to it (and it could be the fact she's coming off her heat but I don't ever remember any of my other dogs smelling like this) her hind end smells like something has died! It is really, really, really nasty. So I'm thinking it may be the same as you all have mentioned. Still taking her into a vet tomorrow (not her normal one but I feel I should get her in as soon as I can) and back to her normal vet on Tuesday.
 

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I would use the compress every couple hours until it starts to open and drain. Then try and keep it draining until you get to the vet.
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Thanks for the information! How often should I use a warm compress? Also, another thing to add to it (and it could be the fact she's coming off her heat but I don't ever remember any of my other dogs smelling like this) her hind end smells like something has died! It is really, really, really nasty. So I'm thinking it may be the same as you all have mentioned. Still taking her into a vet tomorrow (not her normal one but I feel I should get her in as soon as I can) and back to her normal vet on Tuesday.
The smell could be the fluids in the anal gland. It generally doesn't smell too nice when expressed.

I think it's a good idea that your getting her to the vet ASAP, whether the gland just needs to be expressed or it's an abscess. Hope all bodes well for her.
 

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I would take her in to see a vet. If it is the anal glands there is a possibility that it can rupture... which is not something you want!
 

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Anal gland secretions smell sort of like dead fish.....really nasty stuff.

Hope Kima is okay.
Yah, I can smell them on Moose about once or twice a month :wacko: is that normal? The rest of the month he's fine... my guess was the normal body function of him expelling it that day... and a little stuck behind *tee-heee-hee*.?????????
 

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Some dogs need them manually emptied and some dogs' empty themselves when they have a bowel movement.

I think the fishy smell might mean a full gland.

From what I've heard, plain canned pumpkin is good roughage to add bulk to their poo which helps the glands empty themselves.
 

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I'm grateful that Teddy's glands clean themselves! haha I wouldn't be able to handle him smelling like that. I hope that Kima is feeling better though!
 

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Hi everyone!

Thanks for your advice and kind words! I just wanted to let you know she is doing fine and it was her anal gland. The vet drained it and gave her some antibiotics. Once again, thanks everyone! :)
 
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