Here we go again with Bentley- Like not even a month ago he got very very sick due to expressed anal glands that caused a bad infection ect- It took gosh a week before the poor little guy was back to his old self- well now hubby caught him dragging his butt on the carpet again- Is this starting all over again? He just had his anal glands expressed less then a month ago - if just a month. We have never had to have them done so often. Normally only when he would go to the groomers- Is this to soon for this to happen again> any one know please help! I surly dont want to wait like last time and the poor thing was soooo sick from it- why again? Bentley is 1 year and 4 months now and weighs 7.5 pounds
I am assuming your dog was sick due to infected anal glands? This is something you will need to talk to your vet about. You need to know how often you can have his glands expressed. Obviously the groomer will continue to take your money to have it done, but too often might not be healthy. And if it keeps happening, establish at what point, if necessary, you might decide to remove them.
For such a small dog, you might be able to express the AG's yourself...Lift his tail straight up, grab around either side of his anus with your finger and thumb, and pinch. Do it in the bathtub as it may spray out as if pressurized! Get a vet tech to show you in person if you are really brave enough to do it. Then again, if you do it yourself, your dog probably will not like you any more! :-P
Another thing to consider is whether you have changed his diet or treats lately.
One of my friends has a 7lb maltese mix that developed a high fever and almost died due to infected AGs. One of my dogs, a lab mix, had consistent anal gland problems at a young age (about 1 yr) so we had them removed. When they were removed, the vet told us they were very swollen and inflamed. The surgery cost us I believe about $600, obviously solved the problem permanently.
I just suddenly had a problem with one of my dogs anal glands that I have had for 4 years. Never had a problem before.
My vet did them this time & told me that groomers never do them right. They only do them from the outside & they need to be done from the inside. He has been fine since then but.....
the problem was that I changed from California Natural to Innova & their poops got to dry & they were straining. we are back on the CN with a temporary supplement & I'm giving them some mashed sweet potatoes too. Poops looking better so hopefully there will be no more problmes.
My point is that most people think the anal glands are only affected by diarrhea - but mine was just the opposite & the food was causing it.
My dog Toby is a 5lb. Maltese/pom mix. He has issues with this also. He has never been "sick" from his anal glands being infected but he has to have them expressed quite often. I have learned to do it myself. It's no big deal once you know how. I also put All Bran cereal in his food every morning to help bulk up his stools which will help the anal glands express naturally when he goes poop. I have heard that canned pumpkin will also do the trick to bulk up his stools. To express his anal glands, put him in the tub. I let some warm water soak on his bum first for a bit. It seems to make it easier for some reason. Then lift his tail and hold it over his back with one hand while gripping his hips.....then with the other hand use your thumb and pointer finger and put them around his anal hole about the 10 and 2 clock position. You can feel the glands (like a little grape). Push up while squeezing gently. It takes a little practice at first to get the right pressure. Make sure not to do it too hard (you don't want to rupture the glands.) You will see some brownish/yellowish REALLY STINKY liquid come out. Sometimes it can squirt out and sometimes it just oozes out. Then I bathe that area with some dog shampoo to get the smell out of his fur. Good Luck. =0)
I have done the AG's from the inside on big dogs, but I challenge you to hold down a 5 lb dog and express those AG's from the inside! I don't know if it is possible to get your pointer finger in there! Maybe there is some non-finger tool they use nowadays, that I don't know about.
Anyways, I don't recommend trying it. When my 13lb dog was being treated for cancer, the vet oncologist stuck his pinky up there to check his prostate. It changed him permanently. Now he won't let vets touch anywhere past his shoulders. He has to be sedated to get a temperature.
I have thought about having my vet show me how to express his glands myself- But with him having such a bad infection last time and he was soooo sick i kinda dont just want to try to do it myself thinking i soloved the problem when he needed medical attention. Its hard to believe that they can get so sick from having impacted and infected anal glands and how sick they can be . It took Bentley like a week to recover from being sick taking him to the vet and the vet expressing anal glands and he didnt get better he started to get worse- so back to the vet and got some antibotics and gosh they didnt start helping for a few days- I have never seen Bentley so sick. Hes the one dog that is never sick- So to see him that sick really hurt me and i was so worried about him. So back to the vet and have thim take a look and see if this is the problem again and maybe if having them removed will help then i guess thats what we will have to do- But for him to keep getting sick due to his anal glands is werid isnt it?
Oh, I don't do it on the inside....... the vet has though. The vet said I'm doing a good job of getting it out. FYI...my vet does get her pointer finger in there and Toby is only 5lbs. Of course that might explain why Toby has a melt down everytime we show up at the vets......lol!
yes, you are correct in taking him to the vet. They might be infected again........maybe removal of them would be your best route. It's quite expensive here where I live but if it alleviates the problem altogether it would be worth it.
glands..if it ani't broke don't fix it. most dog food don't have enough fiber [they try to reduce the amount of output your dog puts out] dogs stools need to be firm and wet looking to be able to express themselves when they have a bowel movement. i make my own treats--take a ice cube tray, chop up fresh greenbeans put alittle bit in each square, put about 3 pieces of their dry dog food in each square, take about 3/4 cup water and add 1 tblsp of can pumpkin [make sure thats all thats in it,no sugar or spices] and make a pumpkin juice and pour in the ice cube trays-freeze . this adds fiber and water to their diet. most dogs don't drink enough so this help a little with this. dogs need to always be worm free [read about feeding food grade diatomaceous earth] and get plenty or exercise. I'm a dog groomer and I refuse to express glands this should be the vets job--groomer can push to hard and ruture the glands this should be a vet doing this. My job is skin and hair. When you get your hair cut do you want your hairdresser to check your privates??? Not me!
if his anal glands are bothering him agian would he be having trouble going poop? gosh AGAIN last night he was trying to poop and again it was like stuck- half way out - of coarse trying to help him and i coudlnt get it out so i put him in the bath tub with warm water to desolve what was sticking out. hit bottom is so raw and bleeding from pushing and trying to go poop. could it be hes just constipated?? what can i do to help him? earlier in the day he did go poop and it seemed soft i was kinda concerned that it was softer then normal and then last night it was so hard he couldnt pass it could this be anal glands again? and even after the bath to clean him up his buttom was still so puckered and hard that i could feel all that poop still in there but couldnt come out. what do i need to do??? poor thing-
I have a 4 1/2 yo great dane that has smelled bad every spring and summer since we got him, except for last year. He smells again this year, and I noticed last night the hair around/under his tail is discolored. He licks under his tail all the time. Washing under his tail is getting a little old. My son said it could be his anal glands. I haven't had a dog with this problem in years so that didn't even occur to me, and could always tell when a previous pet had a problem--they would drag themself on the carpet. But my dane can't get into that position; he doesn't even like to sit unless it's on the edge of the bed. Needless to say, with his smell he doesn't get to do that any more! Can the diet make the glands impacted? He drinks plenty of water. With his slobber, sometimes it's too much water :) I am going to talk to the vet tomorrow. I didn't know they could be removed either. Learn something new everyday!
My dachshund (21 lbs.) was constantly licking his rectum even after expressing his anal glands. I started giving him two things that totally ended it. One is 1000 mg. of omega 3 fish oil every day. I also found something from www.onlynaturalpet.com called Immune Balance that I started at the same time. It's suppose to balance the immune system (it calms down an overactive one or stimulates an underactive one). He never licks his rectum anymore and his skin allergies are nonexistant also.