Ok so it's been a little over a week since I got Sonnie, our 2yr old black and tan dachshund. He has been quite the addition to our family and I wouldn't trade him in for the world.
As some of you know I have worked in the vet field....for what seems like ages lol....about 7 years total. Anywho I have seen tons of stuff, one of them being abcessed anal glands, which are NOT pretty lol. I've always said "if it were my dog, i would remove them." (open mouth, insert foot) Most dogs show symptoms of impacted anal glands, by scooting or licking. Sonnie did none of that. It was last night when I noticed that he was licking his rear end like crazy. So naturally I flip hm over and there it is.... the big hole next to his anus!!!! ARE U KIDDING ME? So now I feel bad for not thinking to express him when I got him, but don't fix what's not broke right?
Poor Sonnie got to go to work with me today, he was sedated with propofol and flushed out. I decided to treat it medically this time, keep up with expressing him regularly and should it happen again.... then we remove the glands all together.
It seems like every time I pay my bill for one dog...another one decides it needs to visit the doctor too lol, go figure
My male min pin had an impacted anal gland (just one side) when he was about 2-1/2. I remember that it was April Fool's Day and we had had a horrible ice storm and the roads were almost undrivable. Anyway, I had to take him to my emergency vet who was much closer than my regular vet. It ruptured as I took him out of his travel kennel in the vet's office. He ended up having it surgically cleaned out and was put on antibiotics for 3 weeks ($195 bill). The vet really made it seem that this was going to be an ongoing problem and he would likely have to have the glands removed, and went on to tell us about potential side effects like incontinence, etc. He is now 9-1/2 and has had only one minor episode with the same gland about 15 months later (on July 4th!). My regular vet simply lanced the "boil" and expressed it, told me to pick up some Epsom salts and give him "sitz baths" and warm compresses (charged me $8 on a holiday). He was absolutely fine after about 4 days and has never had another problem, nor do I have to express them. So it is very possible that your new boy may never have a problem again.