Anal Glands - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-10-2012, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 13
Default Anal Glands

Hi All,

I need to bring my 3 year old, female in again for anal glad expressing. The last time we brought her in was in June. I was wondering if this is too often or normal? Anything to look for or be aware of?

Thanks
Super Puppy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-10-2012, 08:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
Moderator
 
JakodaCD OA's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
Posts: 21,000
Default

I would want to know "why" they need expressing at all? Most dogs go their entire lives without having to get their glands expressed, once you start doing it, it seems like it has to be done again and again.

I would ask WHY? Is the dog's gland "infected"? if so he needs to be on something, if not, the one issue that worries me is perianal fistula's in the future.

I would ask them to shave up the area and look for any "pinholes" (those are PF's) they can result from infection/blown glands and you don't want that happening.

If it continues, you might consider having them removed, if you do, find a board certified surgeon who is savvy in gland removal, it's a rather delicate operation

See what your vet says, and see what he suggests,,keep us updated
__________________
Diane

Danger Danger vom Kleinen Hain aka Masi
Tranquillo's Kizzy
"Angel" Jakoda's Bewitchen Sami CD OA OAJ OAC NGC OJC RS-O GS-N JS-O TT HIC CGC
"Angel" Steinwald's Four x Four CGC HIC TT
"Angel" Harmonyhill's Hy Jynx NA NAJ NAC NJC RS-N JS-N HIC
"Angel" Jakoda's Jagged Edge
JakodaCD OA is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 09:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 13
Default

Hi Jakoda,

Thanks so much for your reply.

I've been to the vet's several times now with my dog and was told if it keeps up, we will need to do something. I fear surgery.

Some background on my dog: Scout and Ranger were both adopted from a shelter. They are not related but have similar problems. They both had very bad poop and tummy problems and there were several times when I thought we might lose Scout. I've been to a number of vets, had tons of tests, tried a number of diets and nothing worked. I finally figured out that they were both allergic to chicken. They are now on California Natural kangaroo kibble and canned lamb. I don't give them treats, bones or any other foods because they react poorly. They have greatly improved on this diet and actually eat their food now. Scout is the only one experiencing the fishy smell and I'm wondering what your thoughts are.

Thanks again,
Michelle
Super Puppy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
Moderator
 
JakodaCD OA's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
Posts: 21,000
Default

It may be that Scout is doing well on that food, however, the glands once they get that much action(constantly drained), they sometimes become inviable, and/or you will always have the problem

I agree with your vet, I'd still consider having them removed.

Glad they are doing better tho!
__________________
Diane

Danger Danger vom Kleinen Hain aka Masi
Tranquillo's Kizzy
"Angel" Jakoda's Bewitchen Sami CD OA OAJ OAC NGC OJC RS-O GS-N JS-O TT HIC CGC
"Angel" Steinwald's Four x Four CGC HIC TT
"Angel" Harmonyhill's Hy Jynx NA NAJ NAC NJC RS-N JS-N HIC
"Angel" Jakoda's Jagged Edge
JakodaCD OA is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2012, 03:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 17
Default

Try mixing some psyllium powder in the canned food. You can buy it at the grocery store.

Hard to say how much but I guess maybe 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon per meal should be enough to bulk up the stool enough to get enough pressure against the glands.
RedR327 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:39 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum