Strange behavior AFTER anal gland expression

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Cyndie:
I took my dog to the vet for his shots, my dog is VERY shy and skittish, he did secrete a small liquid during exam and the vet advised to express the anal glands. Well, that was Wednesday it is Sunday and my dog is still not the same. He barely walks around the house without his tail tucked between his legs, he is constantly licking the area they shaved, he walks constantly in a C shape with his butt tucked in. He will walk and run normal if I take him out to pee as he loves the outdoors, but in the house he acts like a scared pup.

I checked the area there is no swelling or cuts from the shaver. All looks normal. He is going for his first grooming tomorrow but I do not want to traumatize him any further. Is this expression painful for a dog and is this behavior normal? I have been searching everywhere for an answer. Please help. Thanks in advance to anyone that can answer.
Cyndie
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Sue and Atty:
[nq:1]I took my dog to the vet for his shots, my dog is VERY shy and skittish, he did secrete ... normal? I have been searching everywhere for an answer. Please help. Thanks in advance to anyone that can answer. Cyndie[/nq]
They shaved him to express his anal glands? Atty has hers done all the time and they never shave her. She shows no ill effects from it, short of not scooting her rear up the driveway. I don't know how pleasant it is (this vet does it internally, a former vet did it externally), but I've watched (and smelled - yuck!) and she never seems to indicate that it is painful. Sue and Atty
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Lynne:
[nq:1]They shaved him to express his anal glands?[/nq]
I found that odd as well.
How closely was he shaved? Look at his skin and see if there is irritation. Maybe his skin was abraded when they clipped him. Or maybe he has an anal gland infection and it HURTS? If you don't see any skin problems and this behavior continues, I'd take him back to the vet tomorrow.

Lynne
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Cyndie:
Well he is a poodle mix and has very curly hair that has gotten too long, thus the groomers tomorrow. Yes I did not know he was shaved until we got home and lo and behold I see his butt!! It is shaved close but I looked for irritation or cuts and even swelling. It all seems to be ok. But its been 4 days and he just does not seem right! Thanks for your help tho.
Is it the cold air on his bare butt?
Cyndie
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AWilliamson:
[nq:1]e. He barely walks around the house without his tail tucked between his legs, he is constantly licking the area they shaved, he walks constantly in a C shape with his butt tucked in.[/nq]
Anal Sac Disease
Anal sac disease is a cycle that begins with impaction and progresses through infection to abscess and rupture. The sacs become impacted when they don't empt completely. This may be due to insufficient sphincter pressure; or blockage of the openings by thick dry secretions. Impaction's tend to occur most often small dogs.

Anal Sac Infection. Anal sac infection complicated impaction. Infection is recognized by a painful swelling on one or both side of the anus. The secretions are thin. After emptying, an antibiotic is instilled into the sacs. This procedure is difficult to perform and should be done by your vet.
Abscess. Abscess is recognized by fever and the signs of anal sac infection. The selling, usually on one side is at first red, then later turns purple. Unlike anal sac infection, the swelling of an abscess cannot be reduced by emptying the sac. An abscess often ruptures through the adjacent skin, producing a draining tract.

If you need more info, Ill be glad to post more.
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Sue and Atty:
[nq:1]Well he is a poodle mix and has very curly hair that has gotten too long, thus the groomers tomorrow. ... just does not seem right! Thanks for your help tho. Is it the cold air on his bare butt? Cyndie[/nq]
I guess I can see why they shaved him, I can't say I'd wish to leave remnants on tush fur! Clipping, rather than shaving might have worked, too. Atty always smells flowery fresh when they're done - I don't know what cleaner they use, but it removes any leftover odor (unless you happen to be standing in the room - sometimes they do it in the room, sometimes they take her out to the back room.) Granted, she's a lab, and therefore, not much tush fur..
Makes me wonder if the tech did it wrong and caused an internal sac injury or bruising. Or perhaps, an infection, as mentioned by Amy.

Hope he's feeling better.
Sue and Atty
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Janet Boss:
[nq:1]If you need more info, Ill be glad to post more.[/nq]
Oh please just post a link. You've become even more annoying that the most annoying over on CBB, and now you're planning the same thing here. I guess it's killfile time here too.

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AWilliamson:
[nq:1]Oh please just post a link. You've become even more annoying that the most annoying over on CBB,[/nq]
It's a book, not a web page. I put the reference at the end of my post.
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Shelly:
[nq:1]It's a book, not a web page. I put the reference at the end of my post.[/nq]
No, you did not. It would be nice not to mention ethical if you would provide it, because the way the post was written, there was no way (aside from common sense) to tell that it was not your own material.

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