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Guess what I learned to do today?

My vet taught me how to express Jasper's Anal Glands! LOL. where else could I crow about this. My vet has moved and is much harder to get to for a 5 minute visit. Jasper's AG's are in the wrong place and do not express on their own, so his need expressing every 4-6 weeks, from the inside, so I have been afraid to try. But with her coaxing and teaching I did it. And I can't believe I waited so long.

Those of you who have dogs with AG issues than do need frequent expressing, I would encourage you to have your vet teach you, it is not that bad! and imagine being able to do it right before you bathe your dog? everything nice and clean and down the drain.

I also want to say, if your dog does NOT have an AG issue, there is no need to know this, as expressing frequently can lead to having to express more and more.




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Congratulations Missy! Now the hard part will be not doing it every time he gets a bath.

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Good for you, Missy! I've thought about learning - but one of my daughters is a vet tech so I usually leave it for her to check. Daisy actually had an anal gland rupture last year. I have them checked every 2-3 months and she's had no further problems. Last week we took Daisy and Beau in for shots and Daisy was fine - but BEAU's were rather full and had to be expressed. What we won't do for our havies!

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Congratulations!.....I think. All kidding aside, good for you! Yes, what we won't do for these little characters. If there is going to be an anal gland issue, by what age would it show up?? (here is just hoping that is NOT going to happen at our house! I am afraid I might )

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Beverly, Because I have seen how quickly they fill up when done too often I know I won't do it every time. every third bath is what I am aiming for.

Lynda, I am glad Daisy has not had a problem since her rupture. And Linda, I don't think there is age. It can also be a one time thing. So nothing to worry about unless you already know it is a problem. But in terms of there is so much I didn't think I could handle UNTIL I got dogs!




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