MP doesn't usually have any anal gland issues, but recent softer poops and her gimpy gait I think contributes to them not emptying properly sometimes. Anyway, She's had them expressed 2x in her life, all within the last 2 years. When we did them, it was per suggestion by the rehab vet before full or uncomfortable ones can sometimes increase lameness—and, they happened to be (just one, each time). Yesterday, she was extra gimpy in the rear during her hydrotherapy, so I mentioned that to the tech, and although she found one of them full-ish, she couldn't express without making MP wince-yelp (mild). So, the tech went to ask the rehab vet, who did not see her but from the description of events, thought I should get her on abx. She's also done a course of the same kind back in Jan or so, as a precaution when she bled a little from a joint injection. Precaution, then, because she's older and is considered fragile.
I asked my regular vet if doing abx is normal course of action for anal sacs that simply can't be expressed without pain, and the only other possible sign is that she was gimpier. FWIW, she gets gimpier for various things, including the weather which is currently supposed to be terrible for joint pain. I didn't hear anything back from the vet, but got a call from the front desk saying that the Clindamicyn is ready to be picked up. So, I'm assuming it's regular protocol when you can't squeeze it?
It feels like compressing or something would help ease this thing out (I have never done it myself and don't think I should practice on her now)? Or is it just FUBAR and it's just one of those things? Do you really not need a doctor to examine if she needs the abx or not?? I don't mind abx if she needs it, but just found it kind of odd that no one except the one tech who tried to express saw her, and she is to go on abx.
ANYWAY! Just running this by ODO to see what you guys think. I can also call the vet and ask for an explanation, but am in a loud place and can't at the moment. Any input is appreciated—thanks!