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    Question Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    Hello everyone!
    I have a 2,5 year old Papeagle (Papillon Beagle Mix) with anal gland issues. All started over a year ago. I try to make it short. The glands aren't blocked, they leak. Not always, sometimes. When they get full Charlie, my dog, even starts throwing up (our vet said it can happen because he feels "unpleasant", but full glands would cause no pain. When the glands starts leaking, it's never much but i know it's time to get them expressed. The vet recommended adding canned pumpkin to his already high fiber food (wellness core reduced fat 8% fiber, grain free). I tried it. Didn't help. Then she said, try to add low sodium canned green beans. I added 1/4 can per meal. I thought it helps, didn't work as well. Sometimes it's good for weeks and then bang! they are full again. So, switching food to higher fiber, pumpkin, green beans. Nothing worked so far. His poop is firm, maybe not firm enough? Is it really all about fiber? Is there maybe nothing i can do, just get them expressed every few weeks? Our vet told me about removing the glands, i wont do that. First of all i can't afford it and second, it's a very painful procedure. If i can't find something that helps him to express the glands when he uses the bathroom i really have no choice other than get them expressed, but he hates it, he always liked to go to the vet, lately he doesn't. I don't blame him. I was reading about adding Metamucil? Is that a possibility? Should i go back from grain free to food with grain? i am so lost, kinda depressed, i just don't know anymore what to do. I want him to get rid of his "issue" so bad. I thought about asking a holistic vet, but there is none in the area at all.

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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    My late dog Leeo had this issue his entire 5 and 1/2 years of life. We just had to make a standing 6 week appointment to have them expressed at the Vets. I could not do it myself because his were not in the normal position. I was told that they can become impacted and lead into infection if not properly maintained. It did once and he had a skin infection from it ... and had to have antibiotics to clear him from the infection.

    I also heard the operation to remove them was a last resort. I did not care to put him through that unless the 6 week expressions did not work.
    I also tried diet changes ... no luck.


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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    If raw carrots, steamed string beans, and a tablespoon of plain pureed pumpkin (ask if you need details) aren't helping, then you can get rubber gloves and ask the Vet to teach you how to express the anal glands. It is not hard, but it is not pleasant, and you have to be careful not to squirt yourself... for the smell. I don't recommend this, but if the Vet is going to do it, no reason that you can't learn how and save the money.

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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    I had never heard of anal scent glands until I got my big lab and he had recurring issues.

    The vet showed me how to express them and I never did it again. I decided the $15 (which is what I think I paid at the time) was money well spent, rather than investing in a Hazmat suit and a stainless steel room.

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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    Quote Originally Posted by RonE View Post
    I had never heard of anal scent glands until I got my big lab and he had recurring issues.

    The vet showed me how to express them and I never did it again. I decided the $15 (which is what I think I paid at the time) was money well spent, rather than investing in a Hazmat suit and a stainless steel room.
    Haha my parent's terrier has anal glad issues where he has to have them expressed every couple of months. The vet showed us how to do it, but after a failed "attempt" we decided that the $15 wasn't a big deal I say attempt, because by the time it was all said and done, my mom and I were laughing hysterically and poor Sparky had no idea what was going on

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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    One of my Cavaliers has, or I should say had, anal gland issues. The last time I had to take her to my holistic vet because she was scratching at her sides, not really scooting, but I knew something was going on because she didn't even want to jump on my lap. It turned out to be almost impacted anal glands! My vet told me to add Metamucil. At first, I added the regular kind with psyllium, but then used the Clear and Natural that has inulin in it because it mixes better with water and canned food. It did work. My vet also said that anal gland issues could be allergy related, so I switched their food to the grain free Fromm formulas. I also use canned food, mainly Weruva, Wellness Stews, Fromm or Simply Nourish. Since I've been doing this, she hasn't had issues. So diet change and fiber added can work, but perhaps not for all dogs. I think mine had issues with the grains, but I really don't know for sure. I still add the Metamucil occasionally (about 2-3 times a week) to her food.
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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    Quote Originally Posted by StellaLucyDesi View Post
    One of my Cavaliers has, or I should say had, anal gland issues. The last time I had to take her to my holistic vet because she was scratching at her sides, not really scooting, but I knew something was going on because she didn't even want to jump on my lap. It turned out to be almost impacted anal glands! My vet told me to add Metamucil. At first, I added the regular kind with psyllium, but then used the Clear and Natural that has inulin in it because it mixes better with water and canned food. It did work. My vet also said that anal gland issues could be allergy related, so I switched their food to the grain free Fromm formulas. I also use canned food, mainly Weruva, Wellness Stews, Fromm or Simply Nourish. Since I've been doing this, she hasn't had issues. So diet change and fiber added can work, but perhaps not for all dogs. I think mine had issues with the grains, but I really don't know for sure. I still add the Metamucil occasionally (about 2-3 times a week) to her food.
    Stella,

    I have seen in other posts that one of your dogs has similar symptoms of what I am experiencing with my dog. She has off and on digestive issues, rumbling stomach, gurgling noises in the morning, loss of appetite, eating fine for dinner and late night snacks, mucus in stool, occasional vomiting, etc. My dog will go weeks and weeks without a symptom and then she will have a series of bad days where she has symptoms. Have you found a diet that works? I am thinking of putting her on Royal Canin Gastrointestinal High Fiber HF and Fortiflora probiotic, any recommendations? Our vet(s) have been seeing her now for over two years with no solutions for us.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Anal Gland Issues Please Help

    My 8yo male maltese has gland issues. I had no idea that they could possibly cause vomiting!? He has been sick on and off and I have pulled my hair out (and emptied my wallet) trying everything in the book for vomiting. Boo's glands are full within 2 weeks of getting emptied. I swear! And they are rock HARD! I take him to the groomers every 6 weeks or so, but at 2 weeks, he is accidently spraying when he is startled or excited, boot-scooting across the floor and uncomfortable in general. Has anyone had their dogs taken out surgically?

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