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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 07:00 PM
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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

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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.

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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!

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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.
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