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How often to have anal glands expressed?

Discussion in 'General Health' started by Hannah, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Hannah

    Hannah Forums Enthusiast

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    I'm just hoping to get a bit of a general idea with this one. I had my two shelties at the vet last week because they'd both been scooting a bit recently. Apparently Pepper's anal glands were very full and Honey's moderately so. The vet said to come back in three months to see where they're at, and it may need to be done on a fairly regular basis.

    Is this normal for shelties? My dogs are four and five and between them I've only had their anal glands done a couple of times before in their lives. I feel bad that it had got bad recently but it wasn't until the scooting that I noticed a problem... however they've been a bit smelly lately but I didn't register that it might be an anal gland issue. I'm thinking I might need to make some changes to their diets. Any info/ideas would be appreciated :)
     
  2. Caro

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    Deska only had it done by the vet when we were working out why he was scooting (his glands were fine) and Tully never. I was told it has a lot to do with their diet, of course I can't tell you what in particular (except for bones because they firm up the stool, but they don't get that now). But maybe it's like humans where they need fibre.
     
  3. Hannah

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    Hi Caro, thanks! Interesting. Yes, I read somewhere that it could be a sign of not enough fibre. I hope you guys are going well :smile2:
     
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  4. Caro

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    I should mention, as Deska gets older he has more bowel issues so the vet has me adding 1 teaspoon of psyllum husk to their meals. Definitely firms up the stool (sometimes Tully's is a little too firm). So I wonder if that would help?
     
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  5. Chris

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    Finally! Something I know about!! I used to be a groomer, so I expressed anal glands by the hundreds! I even taught how in my Sheltie club. Learning saves money and time.

    I express my dogs' glands every time I bathe them. Place your middle finger and thumb on either side of the anus. Push back in toward the dog and you can often feel the round glands (but not always). Push in and squeeze. It squirts and smells to high heaven, so don't look closely as you squeeze.

     
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  6. Ann

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    That's one reason I add a spoonful of pure, canned pumpkin to every meal my dogs get. It's full of fiber and although one or another may occasionally need the glands expressed, it's very infrequent.
     
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  7. Cindy

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    oh my... what a video! I have never had to do Gavin's glands and he has never scooted. we have been grain free for over 10 years. I hope to never have to do the anal glands...just sayin'
     
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  8. Piper's mom

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    I read an interesting article by Dr.Karen Becker just a few days ago regarding anal glands (I was beginning to think Piper had a problem, turned out he was just a tad constipated lol) and a lot of it has to do with diet. When a dog has a firm bowel movement just the process of passing it helps to keep their anal glands clear (it's actually their way of scenting their poop so other dogs smell it)...if your dog has looser or soft poop then they don't work to keep the glands from filling.
    She also mentioned that doing them too often can actually bruise the anal glands thus causing more problems down the line (some groomers do them on a monthly basis).
    I would try to add some fibre to the diet if the poop isn't firm to ensure they keep them clean.
    Years ago my mom had a Cocker and he ate THE WORST diet (I was a teenager and didn't know any better then), and he was always having them done...now I know why lol.
     
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    Noooooo...you couldn't pay me enough to do that!:ROFLMAO:
     
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  10. Hannah

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    Thanks Chris! Very informative! I'm not sure I could do it tho :sick:
     

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