Getting Dog's Anal Glands Removed

(5 Posts)
Pluto30 Sat 12-Nov-16 02:42:12

This morning we took our almost 6yo beagle to the vet for the second time in three weeks to have his anal glands "expressed" (what an image).

This has been a regular thing since he was about 12mo. Always 3-4 weeks. We've just started taking him more frequently to a different vet because we moved towns, and this vet has suggested considering having the glands removed. He said what is being expressed is very watery and the frequency of it makes him think it would be a good idea to remove them.

However, I've seen a few things online saying that it's not a great idea. Has anyone had experience with this? I don't want to make things worse for my dog, or promote infection etc. But if we could avoid dragging him in there every 3-4 weeks, that'd be good.

Thanks, ladies! smile

8DaysAWeek Sat 12-Nov-16 03:53:57

Have you increased fibre content in his diet? What about expressing them yourself? Most vets will be happy to show you and let you do it in front of them to make sure you're doing it right.

I would say as long as there's no ongoing infection, pain etc and it really is just impacted normal content then removing them is a little bit drastic as there is a risk of faecal incontinence.

Phillipa12 Sat 12-Nov-16 03:54:46

My old lab had his removed after continual infection, and i quote from the vet ' hes had enough antibiotics to knock a cow out but they are still infected' . He lived another 10 years and had no problems related to their removal.

Pluto30 Sat 12-Nov-16 05:19:03

Yep. He's been getting metamucil in his food for a long time now. We think he has Cushing's (was diagnosed Sept 2015, but the new vet said he wants to have another look at that) so we've been giving pumpkin, tuna, salmon etc. to try to keep his weight under control and help with digestion.

Not going to express them myself. grin I'd rather pay!

Thanks Phillipa smile

LimeJellyHead Sat 19-Nov-16 14:12:55

I would strongly advise against anal gland removal. It can cause life long problems.

One of our terriers had anal gland issues like your dog. I learnt to empty them myself and did it every 4 weeks without fail. That schedule suited him but do it every 3 weeks if that is necessary. I did it every 4 weeks for his entire life. It is a 3 minute job. I got so good at it and realised others were struggling, I made this video. I hope it helps.

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