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Apparently my dog has anal glands?!!

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PacificDogwod Fri 16-Dec-16 15:51:06

Well, I knew he had anal glands, I was just hoping he could keep that fact discretely to himself rather than allow them to become all swollen and red and needing to be licked (by him, not me!! envy<-not envy) incessantly.


AIBU to expect the rescue we got him from to provide counselling for these eventualities??

Aargh, vet appointment in half an hour.
There is NO WAY I will go anywhere near his rear end.
DH was YouTubing instructions on how to deal with the problem, and I am more than happy for him to volunteer his services (he has some relevant experience grin), but he then decided not to.

I know you will all want me to report back, so I shall.

Is it too early for [gin]?

Sparklingbrook Fri 16-Dec-16 15:52:27

You will need a peg for your nose from what I have heard. sad

PacificDogwod Fri 16-Dec-16 15:59:23

Well, I may be finding that out shortly. Grim.

Do girl dogs get these problems?
<eyes DHound and wonders whether he could transition>

Willowfrost Fri 16-Dec-16 16:08:38

All dogs have anal glands. They need to be emptied by the vet as they can become impacted/infected. If not treated they can be removed as a last resort but it's a horrible op for your dog to go through. Anal glands are the worst smell ever !!!!!

boybabies Fri 16-Dec-16 16:38:02

Er, why is no one concerned about Mr Dogwods 'experience'???
<pulls up chair>

Sparklingbrook Fri 16-Dec-16 16:39:53

What are these glands for?

Sounds horrible.

Lolimax Fri 16-Dec-16 16:40:48

Oh god the smell! Good luck with that!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 16-Dec-16 16:41:07

Be prepared for the smell!

BumWad Fri 16-Dec-16 16:41:53

They need licking?! <boak>

Elland Fri 16-Dec-16 16:42:25

Oh god, we had to have my dogs anal glands removed.

Wait for the disgusting smell to start! I really feel for your dog (and you).

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 16-Dec-16 16:43:34

We had to take our dog to have them squeezed every few months when he got old. Good god the smell...

Littlewoo Fri 16-Dec-16 16:43:43

The smell is honking. We called it clockwork dog when our dog was trying to relieve his discomfort. He used to leave a nice trail on the carpet.
My boy had to get his removed eventually.

redannie118 Fri 16-Dec-16 16:44:41

My Dhound
gets abcess on his every 4-6 months despite regular empties.cue trip to the vet for anti biotics and painkillers. Vet says nothing we can do ( other than the operating which even the vet says is awful )poor little bugger. I thought it may be a boy thing as my bitch has never had a problem once in 6 years !

SuperFlyHigh Fri 16-Dec-16 16:45:38

One of my memories from childhood was going on holiday to Wiltshire and helping an older friend taking a dog to the vet (Labrador, female) who had anal glands that needed to be emptied. It smelled, yes, don't think dog was overjoyed at the prospect of having them emptied either but probably relieved.

ChocoChou Fri 16-Dec-16 16:46:22

Please tell me it's a boy-dog problem
(looks at lovely female pup in corner)

SuperFlyHigh Fri 16-Dec-16 16:47:12

redannie yes I think it varies from dog to dog, my childhood lab never had to have hers emptied neither did her predecessor an afghan hound and my neighbours mini pin not had hers done either.

SuperFlyHigh Fri 16-Dec-16 16:48:15

Chocochou sadly not a boy dog problem!

The lab I knew had it had been swimming many times in nearby river (Bradford on Avon) never knew if that was reason why they got blocked or not??

SuperFlyHigh Fri 16-Dec-16 16:48:49

Choco maybe you can prevent them being blocked tho, no idea how? Diet?

LeadPipe Fri 16-Dec-16 16:50:10

Somehow last night I ended up watching a video about how to empty dogs anal glands. I don't have a dog but damn that was weirdly satisfying. Do other animals have these glands?

Poor MrDogwood hope he can get sorted quickly and stop klickimg his own arse soon.

LeadPipe Fri 16-Dec-16 16:51:27



SuperFlyHigh Fri 16-Dec-16 16:51:31

Leadpipe I fear Sporners Corner (yes have been there) would be interested in this topic...


LeadPipe Fri 16-Dec-16 16:52:09

Aren't the groomers supposed to empty them when the dog is groomed?

myoriginal3 Fri 16-Dec-16 16:52:43

Vet drains them and then gives you a stern warning about only giving proper dry food.
Of course I ignored this advice and gave her bakers complete.
Ended up back at vet again to get another telling off.envy

SuperFlyHigh Fri 16-Dec-16 16:53:22

Thank F for that, cats anal glands are usually squeezed out when they poop apparently... eyes cat suspiciously

Wonder if this is what dogs are supposed to do too? Empty when full and by pooping?

myoriginal3 Fri 16-Dec-16 16:54:18

Most dogs drag their bums on the ground. Most owners assume they have worms.

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