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Most dogs on a healthy diet do not have recurring anal gland problems. And anal glads should NEVER be expressed on a schedule, or unless the dog is showing signs of needing it. And it should NEVER be done by a groomer, IMO.
The more you express anal glands, the more dependent they become to that, and it ends up being something that NEEDS to be done regularly for that reason. (like people who become dependent on laxatives) There are a few dogs where the position of the anal gland is not normal, and they cannot express them without help. These dogs do need to be manually expressed on a regular schedule, or they can become a real problem. But you'd know if you had a dog in this category because the vet would feel it the first time they examined the dog.
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