so remember i said a few days ago that nitro was off and quiet and subdued?
well i had to come home early from the ILS course this morning and take him to the vet.
i thought it was his anal glands. but it turns out he had an abscess on one of his glands. i asked the vet what could have caused him to get that. she said the ducts can get blocked, and then when he licks and bites at it it can cause bacteria to build up and tat is probably what caused it.
so she took him in and kept him for a few hours and lanced the abscess. she had to sedate him to do it.
she also clipped his nails while he was under sedation. she just called me to say he’s all done now and is a little groggy and dizzy and so i have to wait for an hour or two before I pick him up.
she’s putting him on antibiotics and antiinflamitories for a week to bring the swelling down and make sure he doesnt pick up any infections.
poor nitro. i knew something wasnt right. he was just not himself for the last two days. i knew when he wouldnt go to bed and lay on a cool hard surface that there was definitely something up with him.
the good things is he’s ok though. i have to bring him back next week for another check up and to express his anal glands again and he is also due a vaccination then.
thank goodness all of this happened before i went on holidays. i’m taking next week off of the ILS course so that he can recover completely.

Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

20 thoughts on “Nitro”

  1. Poor boy! I’m glad it was something fairly common and treatable. Knowing when to get the glands expressed is somewhat tricky. Because we can’t see, sometimes we don’t know if our dogs are scooting or rubbing themselves on the floor. I got Jamie’s expressed a couple of months ago because my provider saw him rubbing his bottom on the floor. The glands weren’t infected, but I guess they must itch or something when they get too full.


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