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Old 12-13-2010, 06:52 PM
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I am posting for my lil 18 month old dauschound.
He has been having anal gland problems for the past year.
I get them expressed and within 2 hours he is scooting again.
So than i was getting them expressed every week. Now he has 3 diff infections growing back there.
The vet put him on 3 diff antibiotics and when we went back, and they are expressed it's all green with infection.
Ive done all the research etc...
The only options at this point would be to do an infusion or have them surgicaly removed.
So here i am praying someone has been thru this already or knows someone who has and can help.
Monroe ( that's my lil dog ) he is my 1st dog and I am soo frustrated that a yr has gone by and all i keep trying to do is get this anal gland prob cleared up and it just doesn't clear up.
Any opinions? suggestions?
PS. changing his diet to be bulkier hasn't helped either.
Any advice i would be so grateful.

Thank you,
Tracey & Monroe ( woof woof )
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:54 PM
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I will just caution you this...that surgery is very painful for them and can lead to way worse problems (incontinence etc). I used to work for a vet and had actually asked him about this for one of my dogs and he pretty much told me not to do it and just keep expressing the glands as often as necessary. If you express them regularly and still can't keep infection under control, the surgery could end up being your only option, I just didn't want you to go into it blindly. Just be sure to do your homework and are fully aware of any and all possibilities. I know going to the vet or groomer to have them expressed gets really expensive really quickly, if you can stomach it, they may be willing to show you how to do it at home, and then even if it needs to be done every day you could just take a minute and do it yourself. My last thought is this, my guy has no issues if he gets regular exercise, but after just a day or two off without his regular activity (he's a daily swimmer) he is scooting across the yard.

Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:28 PM
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Thank you for replying. I hear what you are saying, Do you know if the infusion is just as painful?
I really do not want to do the surgery, but this is such an ongoing problem and he is so uncomfortable.
I never even thought of the exercise.
I guess it's up to the owner, i feel for the lil one's who deal with this problem.
Thanks again
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:27 AM
Location: North Western NJ
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are you expressing them at home or having a groomer do it?
id be checking credentials first and formeost, when i worked as a vet assist most of the anal gland issues we saw were either from never done or done by inexperienced people (leading to injury...)
otherwise i dont have much advise other than whats already been posted.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:12 PM
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I have always had the vet do it, I know it began last dec i had taken him to a diff vet (was very unhappy ) and i know it was that vet who damaged them.
I am in the process of doing research on that and finding if he has other complaints against him etc..
In the mean time, i have to take care of Monroe.
I called my vet Dr. Marc i have been working with him for about 5 months, he was even kind enough to refer me to a specialist who does the anal gland surgery..however he was againt me doing it right now, he wants me to try the infusion 1st.
I think that's what i will do, infusion+antibiotics+diet and if that doesn't help than i will have to remove them.
Just discussing it helps me to make a decision.
PS. If anyone else has suggestions/advice always willing to listen.
B nice if all i needed was a pill he could take it and poof be all better ( only in a perfect world ).

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Old 12-14-2010, 05:03 PM
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I had to look twice to see if this was an Artie post.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:17 PM
Location: Georgia
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Wow, I worked at many vets and expressing ALL THE TIME is beyond painful. I couldn't imagine having to do it WEEKLY for the rest of that poor baby's life. I have NEVER seen a dog become incontinent from the surgery (although it is a possibility). My boss happened to very skilled at that surgery, but there are specialists that do the surgery. ASK questions from your vet, how many they've done, how many incontinent dogs after surgery. I've had surgery 'in that area', and while painful at first, there are pain medications, and I couldn't imagine NOT having the surgery that I needed, just because of 4 moderately painful days, compared to a lifetime of weekly pain and squeezing and infections (talk about PAIN - imagine your bootyhole swollen,red,and you have to squeeze it TOO!!! and allll the antibiotics over a lifetime) Sorry, I wouldn't listen to a quack that would recommend delaying this one. You say you've changed the diet, do you add metamucil ae well?

PS, I just want to say....my boss wouldn't let his groomers express during baths/grooms at all, because they potentially CAN damage them. I have seen many dogs that haven't EVER been groomed that developed problems (like a dachshund) just b/c of the way their body decided to arrange their anal sacs. Some aren't in the proper place to be expressed properly by stool, or are in the wrong spot and get clogged more and more, too far forward, etc..... it isn't always somebody that damaged them. Many times it was just the way they came out of the womb, and as they grew and matured, they developed problems. Sometimes it is when they gain weight. It isn't always that one person damaged them.

Last edited by tigafan; 12-14-2010 at 05:19 PM.. Reason: more info
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:07 PM
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Tigafan that's exactly what i needed to hear. i have been thinking the same thing, how can i keep putting him through all this. Just to do the infusion they have to sedate him bc it will be so painful.
I wanted to do the surgery but 50% of the ppl i speak to say don't and the other 50% say do it, they feel the same way you do...why keep putting him thru this, just get them out of there and the problem is solved.
I am fully aware of the incontinence prob and the specialist i spoke to as well as the research i did said their was only a 12% chance of that hapening, she also said ( the dr ) that she has been doing this for over 25 yrs as done hundreds of these cases and all was good.
My only concern with surgery is of course the incontinence as well as he is only 18 months old, but everything i read and the dr i spoke with said age is a non factor.
Do you agree?
If you were in my shoes what would you do?
Thank you so much,
Tracey =)
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:04 AM
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Default My dog had the same problem

We did not what to do and we were going crazy trying to figured out why it was happening so often, and we did not wanted to do the surgery. Just like a human would do you if you had a chronic illness, get a second opinion from a different vet!
The vet I saw has seen similar cases like my doggy's. She asked me what the dog ate most of the time, and I told her that besides his dog food it was chicken. He has been eating the same food for the past 3 years with no problems I told her. In any case she took him out of the old food and put him on a a venison based food, and no more chicken for him. He got his glands squeezed 2 more times after that and then he was kept on antibiotics for 10 days. It worked!! The problem never came back.
She explained to me that dogs can develop certain allergies over time with the same food and that can somehow irritate how the anal glands work. I wish you the best of luck with your doggy.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:08 AM
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I had to look twice to see if this was an Artie post.
BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Me too, considering that he did the bum scootch three times yesterday.

Gotta keep my eye (and nose ) on that.
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