Q. My cat has developed two protruding lumps from her rectum. This does not seem to be painful to her. What should I do? This has only been 3 days,

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A. Your pet sounds like her anal glands are full. They can become inflamed or infected if they are not emptied. This condition is very painful and makes it difficult to defecate or even move. Without treatment, the gland may rupture, causing a open wound on your pet's rear that will require wound care and antibiotics as well as some pain relief.

I recommend getting your pet seen by your vet. They will express the material from the anal glands (which is very smelly), and clean her up. You can ask them to show you how to express the anal glands yourself at home so you can avoid impaction or infection in the future.

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