Ok my dog is a golden/lab mix. He is about 6 or 7 years old now and we have to take him to the vet like every 3 weeks for the same problem. The vet has told us that the glands around his behind are getting swolen and end up gettin infected and when this happens my poor dog is going nuts trying to scratch his behind. When we take him to the vet he has to break the glands and gives us pills for him but this is a on going thing and is not only gettin very expensive but yet is causeing my poor dog to be very uncomfortable and loose sleep. Can anyone help? Please!
Some dogs have continuous problems with impacted anal glands. They're supposed to express naturally when the dog has a bowel movement, but for some dogs this doesn't work. Sometimes diet can help.. what do you feed your dog? When it poops, does it have well formed turds, or a soft mushy stool? The pressure of a firm turd against the anal glands during defecation helps stimlulate normal expression of the anal glands... If your dog already has firm turds though, you may be out of luck except for frequent trips to the vets office =P
there is a surgery that can permanently remove the anal glands. if you want this done make sure the vet has done them before. it can be a tricky surgery because there are a lot of nerves back there and if done incorrectly it can leave your dog permanently incontinent ( lack of bowel control ). one vet i worked for performed them all the time. with one beagle that had it done for the first 2 weeks after the surgery every time the dog barked poop shot out of his butt. when the owner came in and told us i could not help but laugh. luckily she found it somewhat amusing also. but the beagle got back control once the inflammation went down. i will never forget that story as long as i live.
It's not like a hemmoroid that sticks out. The anal glands are located internally at about 10 and 2 o'clock just around the anus. You can actually feel them if you gently put your fingers on those spots and roll them back and forth. The full anal glands feel like a grape. The smell that they emit is horrible. I actually tried to express them myself once (I found something on the internet that gave directions on "how to express them externally instead of internally". It worked a little but not good enough. The vet said, don't bother with it anymore, just bring him in there. They also said if he keeps having this problem often, they might recommend that surgery.