Cuba and Tycho
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: I live in Oxford in the UK
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Oh, have I been plagued with anal gland problems, well not ME, I hasten to add!! Tycho, my Coton de Tulear. Some dogs have, apparently, very small ducts leading from the anal glands, and they block easily. This can just mean routine expressing of the glands. It can be helped enormously by a raw food diet that contains bones - the stool passed is much harder and denser and does the job of expressing the glands automatically. In Tycho's case, however, despite all possible dietary adjustments, the problems continued. Then he got his first (of three) abscesses; it was really nasty and required a long course of antibiotics. Then it happened again. After the third time we started to discuss what I'd been trying to avoid, which was removal of his anal glands. In the end that is what we did, after much hesitation on my part. I wish now that I'd done it sooner. It does come with some risk - you need a very good surgeon who has done these operations before; but statistically the risk is small (there's a danger of cutting into the sphincter muscle, with predictable results), and far less than the risk of serious infection with continued abscesses - but Tycho has been a changed dog since - no more tail-dragging, no more infection. I do hope you don't ever reach that stage (you probably won't), but IF you do, don't be as scared of it as I was, it really can be a good thing.