I have a 4 yo male puggle. He has had problems with his anal gland before and I have had it expelled by the vet who also showed me how to do it and I have been doing it. The last time I did it he yelped and ever since has had issues with being touched close to his rear and his tail is bending sideways. I am worried that I may have pushed too hard and ruptured it. he doesn't seem ill just doing this weird thing with his tail. Does anyone have any experience with this issue? I'm actually thinking about having them removed since he has a problem with his glands constantly. We call him fish butt. LOL I don't think he likes the name.
I would go see a vet. I doubt you ruptured them unless there was already a problem. It is possible there was an infection, and it hurt. As a groomer we do it all the time, so dogs dont like and snap, cry, whine, etc. As far as having them removed, make sure you do your homework. There are alot of complications that can come from that surgery, one is not be able to control bowels. Make sure you consider everything before hand.
Our puggle is only 1.5 yrs old (male) and we had have the anal gland surgery.Fought it good and hard for a year with pumpkin, metamucil, a complete cleanout, antibiotics, and daily antiallergy pills. He was just leaky and unable to empty them. Every visit, they were full again, and he started scooting only 3-4 days after the expression.
Please find a reputable surgeon who uses the newest laser surgery as this is a icky surgery and the wound is angry and oozy for quite a while. The dog is miserable as it heals and gets itchy, and they have to be sedated and confined plus wear a cone to force them to leave it alone.
My dog is only 3 days out from the surgery, but he has had no bowel leakage and no diarrhea, so we count ourselves lucky and chose someone we had confidence in.
Think long and hard - you will have to handle the dog with much care for a short while, and will take dedication. We adore our doggy and I long for the days and nights of cuddles with no leakage to ruin it.
Knew a dog who had a complication from the surgery. Every time he barked, poop shot out of his butt. I found this extraordinarily funny and thank God the owner did also. After all the inflammation went down and he healed he never had the problem again.