are vets the only ones who can do it or can the groomers? I usually get the vet to do it but the glands always seem to swell up again after about a week. my vet says this is normal and I am able to do this myself....haven't tried, but she seems to be really uncomfortable . My vets booked out for the next 2 weeks, so I will have to think of somewhere else to take her....are their risks in waiting for an appointement?
right now her stools are small, and oddly shaped. they are usually longer and firmer. she scoots on the floor a lot as well. She has to be excreted every time we go to the vet (once a month due to health reasons), but it seems to never go away. The vet says it will be this way for the rest of her life. I heard of surgically correcting this, but my vet made no suggestion of it.
Oh! I just read your last post. I have a very similar story...I have a friend with an English Bulldog, 3 yrs old. (Milly) She has been going through this since about a year old (and is now 3 ). They were having the same problem you explained with Milly. They were always bringing her in for expressing. They also brought up the fact about a surgery to correct the problem as it was "more" then the common dog's expressing needs.
They are still considering the option of the surgery. The vet did say thought that the "on the surface " treatments of the simple expressing were working, and until the Time between the expressing needed gets smaller, they would continue to just express them.
you need gloves, lube and a dog that will let you stick your fingers up their behind. Go to a vet first to learn how to do it, then you can do it yourself. You will also need a paper towel, and a deoderizer for dogs because it smells nasty after. I did Rockys and almost vomited.
A nicely formed firm stool is what keeps anal glands clear. A dog excretes a little from them with each poop.
A vet usually excretes glands internally. to really look at the fluid coming out, how hards the glands are, depending, they may find a cause for the fill up. But the sound of your dogs poop, sounds liek the reason there.
A groomer does it the way most vets teach owners. Externally squeezing where if they aren't hugely full yet you may learn nothing from it.
Unless your dog has a gland problem, it isn't usually recommended to have glands squeezed out on every grooming trip. The dog may not be functioning properly and you'd never know, and the over use may screw up your dog's ability to empty them.
There are two different ways to doing it... internally or popping them.
What kind of food is the dog on? If they are not having firm poop it could be why she's not expressing them herself. If you express them too much they can get infected. My friends schnauzer had an impacted anal gland and it burst... poor guy was so hurting. Had to feed him hamburg and rice until he was all healed up.