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    Can we talk about anal glands...specifically leaking.

    One of our dogs, a roughly 1 yr old beagle mix (Dakota) has had some issues recently with his anal glands. Whenever we go to the vet with one of our dogs, the other gets his or her anal glands expressed. They are never super full or anything, but we do it preventatively. The last few months, he'll be laying around, usually when he's very relaxed, and will poot out some smelly anal gland excretion. Typically this is when he's on the couch (ew) or on our bed (ewwww). He's allowed on the furniture and bed, but this is starting to really gross me out.

    What on earth can we do about this? This doesn't seem to be related to the glands being excessively full. It has happened within 2 weeks of them being expressed. He might be filling them up really quickly, but we just can't afford to have them expressed every two weeks (and I REALLY don't want to do this myself). Is there any sort of diet change that might help him express them appropriately (as in when he poops...by creating harder poops)?

    I don't know if there is an answer, but I figured you all would know if there is one.


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    Re: Can we talk about anal glands...specifically leaking.

    What food is he on and does he have firm poops now or not?? Have you talked to your vet about the leaking?

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    Re: Can we talk about anal glands...specifically leaking.

    You know, I haven't talked about this with our vet. I am actually in the market for a new vet (long story there), so when I find one I'll bring it up with him/her. (Our current vet wouldn't think of this as enough of an issue for his time.)

    He's on Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Fish, because our other dog has a sensitive stomach and that food seems to work for her. We used to have him (about 6 months ago) on Nature's Variety Venison, I think. His poops are pretty good looking with the current food. Maybe a TINY bit mushy, but nothing that concerns me. I mean, they have a shape to them, and I can easily pick them up at the dog park. I feel like they might have been better looking with the NV, but its been a while.

    Now that I'm thinking about food....he did pretty well on the old NV. This issue has started in the last few months, but didn't immediately start with a change in food. Is it possible that a change back to NV would help? I kind of thought that this was something that he grew into having, as it started right around the time he finished growing ....although that coincided with a change in food.

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    Re: Can we talk about anal glands...specifically leaking.

    [QUOTE=EllenCherryCharles;200321]Is it possible that a change back to NV would help? QUOTE]

    I don't know if that would help or not- if his poops seem to be firm the glands should express themselves. Being that this is happening so often maybe you should find that new vet soon.
    A Mastiff I had had a problem leaking once- went to the vet, he expressed them and had no other problems. Hopefully someone else can help you out better than I have. Good luck!!
    I would NOT want to do this myself either!! ick...

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