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Anal glands is not something I would ever let a groomer do. Most dogs do not need it done regularly, and the more it is done, the weaker the muscles get, making them more and more dependent on it. (that according to not only my own vet, but several others I've talked to also)
There are a FEW dogs whose anal glands are misplaced, and these DO need to be emptied professionally. But these, in particular, should be handled by a vet, not a groomer. (sometimes the glands in dogs like this eventually need to be surgically removed)
Kodi has twice in his 11 years needed his anal glands emptied, and both were when his allergies were out of control, and it was done by the vet. The vet said it was not unusual for anal glads to become inflamed and full from allergy problems. Once his allergy problems were under control, he has never had another problem with his anal glands either. Neither of the girls have either had their anal glands touched.
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