This is Sassy, a beautiful 7-year-old mixed breed girl. Sassy started to have a distasteful smell about her, and her mom noticed she had a sore near her tail. She was very worried something was wrong with her girl.
Sassy's mom is on disability, but just started working and hadn't received a paycheck yet. She was worried about her girl, so she took her to the vet to get checked. While she was there, she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for assistance.
After an examination, the vet said that Sassy had a ruptured anal gland. Anal glands, or anal sacs, are two small pockets about the size of a small grape that are located on the right and left side of a dog’s anus. Each gland connects to a small tube that secretes a very distinctive, foul-smelling fluid. Under normal circumstances, when your pet goes poopie (or, when they pass stool), that stool applies enough pressure to the glands to release (express) the fluid. If an animal can't epress their anal glands on their own, they can sometimes become impacted.
Impacted anal glands will cause moderate pain in dogs. When the anal gland fluid thickens, this pasty, brown material clogs the glands and creates hard masses. In average cases of impaction, the anal glands can be expressed with significant pressure. Learn more about pet anal gland health in this PetMD article.
The vet was able to clean Sassy up and send her home with some medication. Now her mom knows to monitor her anal glands and hopes this never happens again.
No matter what is happening with your fur kid, at any stage of life, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to call your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. Read more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.