My SIL is a groomer and she showed me how to express my maltese's anal glands and I did this about 6 weeks ago. He has never really showed any sign of discomfort so I was wandering if I need to bother at all. The vet has never mentioned it, but SIL makes it sound like it's just part of the groming process. What are the benefits of doing it and can doing it to aften cause problems? How often should it be done?
Personally I'd never allow my dog's anal glands to be expressed unless the dog already had a problem, which is pretty obvious due to the smell emanating from a dog's rear end. In some cases, doing so can make a dog with normal anal glands that express naturally through the process of defecating suddenly have problems with their glandsm, that requires they be expressed on a regular basis. Basically, what I'm saying is if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Minniyar, I agreed with you up until last week. I sold a dog nearly 2 years ago now, and the ownwer just clled me to tell me her dog just had surgery, for a ruptured anal gland. I asked her if she'd ever expressed them and she said 'Ewww. no", and I asked her if he was scooting or exuding a very smelly substance, and she said no. I was dumbfounded, so I called her vet, to see what he thought. He just told me that the odd time an anal gland will not empty on it's own, become sealed over, and rupture. I felt really bad for this woman. Of course I paid her vet bill, not because I had to, because I did'nt know such a thing could happen.I will now warn my puppy's owners to have this checked out, as I thought it was a regular part of a dog's examination. Most people don't like the thoughts of doing it themselves, but it's not hard, and certainly does not hurt the dog. If anything, it must be a huge relief. I had a vet show me how to do it years ago, and I've only had 2 dogs that ever needed to have it done on a regular basis.
Hi, unfortunatly it is something you have to keep an eye on. If your dog has never had a problem, just check them about every 6-8weeks. They may not need to be done, but you always want to keep an eye on them. I have never needed to express them on my aussies, but everytime they are in the tub I check them. If the glands are bulging, then express them, otherwise leave them alone. Full glands can either rupture, or abcess. Usually both need surgery. You don't know how many once a year dogs we see at the shop who are close to abcessed glands. My own poodle who I groom every 6-8weeks, almost had a problem. I think I got to them just in time. Most perfessional groomers express the glands during a bath. it is probably the easist way of having it done, if you are not going to do them yourself. I would always suggest a bath, man they can smell bad. Most vets will express them, but you would have to give the bath at home.
I know how to express AG's but I don't do it to my dog. I agree that "if it ain't broke..." It's not pleasant. So I save him the discomfort and keep my fingers. I'm pretty sure if I even tried he would bite them all off one by one. And if I thought he needed it--I would take him to the vet to have it done. He is definitely the type to hold a grudge.
If your dog has AG issues you will most likely see him/her scooting or smell the odor. I had a dog whose AG's were infected, later surgically removed, and we saw him scooting. I worked at a vet for years (and we expressed AG's during baths, so I tried to avoid bath duty) and I never heard of AG's suddenly rupturing. From my estimation that must be a rare event. I don't think it's worth doing--or paying someone to do--until there is a need for it.
Thanks for all the replies! I think I'll just continue checking them when he is in the bath tub. Neither of my dogs "scoot." I don't have patch of carpet in my house so I don't think they would even bother trying.
I just learned how to express my mini-schnauzer's anal glands last night. The last time I took him to the vet they said they were close to being impacted. I don't think my groomer is really expressing them, so I watched several youtube videos about how to do it. It took a little practice, but I finally figured it out. He seems to feel so much better today. He never scooted because we don't have any carpet, but he constantly licked. Does anyone know how often I should do this?