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Anal Gland Removal

Has anyone had to have their dogs anal glads removed? Django has had an issue off and on for years and we are now faced with one of the anal glands either being so compacted it needs to be removed, or, it's a tumor in the anal gland. Either way, they need to come out. If it's a compacted anal gland, there is the risk it could rupture.

I took him in to the vet yesterday for a little procedure where the vet was going to inject an ointment to softer the material in the gland however it was so compacted the procedure was unsuccessful, thus, leading us now down he road of surgery. She's very aware of Djangos issues and would not recommend anything that she thinks isn't necessary. There are a few potential but rare side effects however it's something we need to be aware of.
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Sorry that your cute boy needs surgery. I wish him a speedy recovery from the procedure when he has it done.



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Bummer. Hoping all goes well for your boy.
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It is good that you've got a good vet that is aware of Django's problems and will take those into account. I'll be watching to see how he does. When will the surgery take place?

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Procedure is scheduled for August 2nd. Incontinence is a scary possibility, one we will have to hopefully not deal with but preparing ourselves just in case. Recovery takes about a week.
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My first Havanese developed an anal gland problem and had to be expressed about every 6 weeks. I don't know if you have the time or resources, but considering the potential adverse outcome from removal, I would get more than one opinion and possibly two. There are some large vet hospitals/schools, that might offer some options to consider. There is one in Gainesville, FL and one in Birmingham, AL.
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Unfortunately, the anal gland has been an on going issue for the past 3 years. We changed his diet, things improved, started seeing a new vet, things improved 1000%. The issue is not knowing if it's compaction of gunk or a tumor. The vet Django sees now is amazing and I trust her especially because she knows my dog and all his "issues" on top of his medical issues.

It's apparent we need to do something, Django is not uncomfortable but he scoots and struggles when pooping. Expressing is no longer an option since what ever is in there is hard, whatever it is. Concern for anal gland rupturing. I've talked to 2 of his other vets (yes, he has an entire team) and they all have said the glands need to come out. I guess expect the worst and hope for the best.
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Unfortunately, the anal gland has been an on going issue for the past 3 years. We changed his diet, things improved, started seeing a new vet, things improved 1000%. The issue is not knowing if it's compaction of gunk or a tumor. The vet Django sees now is amazing and I trust her especially because she knows my dog and all his "issues" on top of his medical issues.

It's apparent we need to do something, Django is not uncomfortable but he scoots and struggles when pooping. Expressing is no longer an option since what ever is in there is hard, whatever it is. Concern for anal gland rupturing. I've talked to 2 of his other vets (yes, he has an entire team) and they all have said the glands need to come out. I guess expect the worst and hope for the best.
Good luck with the surgery. I wish you a good outcome. Keep us updated.
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August 2nd is a long time to wait when Django is uncomfortable already.

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Yes, the issue is timing the procedure after his Percortin injection. That's the best time to do any surgery, he needs his injection which helps him handle any procedures along with prednisone prior. The other issue is the vet is on vacation in 2 weeks and I want her to be around.

I'm trying to get him in next week, she's already booked with surgeries but keeping fingers crossed she has a cancellation and we can get in. Django isn't missing a beat, he still plays and is feisty.
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