Treatment for infected anal glands
Anti-inflammatory medication is often used to help settle red, hot, angry glands.
Other pain relief
Your vet may prescribe additional pain relief if necessary.
Anal gland emptying
Infected anal glands may need to be emptied. If the infection is really painful or an abscess has already formed your vet may need to admit your dog into the veterinary hospital for treatment.
Antibiotics may be used in some cases but aren’t always needed. Once an abscess is open to the air, bacteria usually stop growing. If the anal glands are then kept clean they will often heal themselves.
If the problem doesn’t go away or returns after treatment, it may be necessary to have a swab (pus sample) taken from your dog’s anal glands to help the vet decide which antibiotic is best to fight the infection.
In rare cases, when the problem returns many times, surgery may be recommended to remove your dog’s anal glands. This is usually a last resort because surgery around a dog’s bottom is very risky - infection and complications are common.