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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-23-2008, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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frequent involuntary expression of anal glands

Yeah, long topic title......

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Suzanne, what a horrible problem. Sierra is such a gorgeous girl, but that's a very nasty problem. I have heard of dogs doing this, but only as much as you and a couple other people have said. It seems this would be very frustrating and repulsive.

I don't know if your veterinarians are more advanced than ours, but anal gland removal here is highly discouraged because it often creates a problem with incontinence. You could easily be trading one problem (fluid expression) for another (feces left on you) instead.

I wish I had some helpful information or suggestions, but I don't have a clue on this topic, except to avoid anal gland surgery if at all possible - unless it is much better in Europe.
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So it's really causing a lot of friction, and that 's what makes me want to cry.....

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I'm just wondering if it's the food she's eating? What are you feeding her and are her poops nice and firm generally?
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Suzanne,

I don't have advice but hugs. While it sounds very physical for her, maybe there is a mental component as well. I would definitely get your vet's advice and maybe there is also some holistic treatment to look into.

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I'm just wondering if it's the food she's eating? What are you feeding her and are her poops nice and firm generally?
She's been on Purina Proplan Salmon and Rice basically all her life..as that's what she got when she was still at her breeder's.....when at my parents house she gobbles the Eukanuba specialist food that's for Dinky.....
..........only 2 weeks ago I started to give her Duck as well....
She hasn't been at my parents for a few weeks now, and we still have the issue, so it's not from the Specialist food....

Her stool is generally a bit soft, never rabbit-droppings like firm... Though when she's had Duck it's really firm....

Usually the first half is really firm and the second half is softer.....
She always poops in sections.... usually in 3's within a distance of 4 mtrs....

I am sooo sorry for any poopy-topic.....

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Poor you, Suzanne! Like Daniel, I'd wonder about the food that Sierra eats. Could a change in her diet make the problem go away? What if you added something, or cut something out, say a particular treat? What is she eating now?

I think that if she had firmer stools, this would naturally allow the glands to express themselves during a bowel movement. If her stool is soft (perhaps too soft?), then the glands may need to express periodically throughout the day... while on your lap!

It's just an idea.... I don't know what else to suggest for now.




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Suzanne,

I don't have advice but hugs. While it sounds very physical for her, maybe there is a mental component as well. I would definitely get your vet's advice and maybe there is also some holistic treatment to look into.

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Thank you for your kind words Amanda,
Holistic treatment? What is that?

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Guess we posted at the same time! lol

Maybe if you aimed at finding a food that created a firmer stool, that might help..... ?




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Yes, it seems so hahaha!!

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