01-01-2011, 05:43 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Originally Posted by Angelique
How easy is it to express your dog's own anal glands? I don't know if my puppy would hold still long enough, although he does tend to stand still during a bath because he is shivering -- maybe I could do it while he is wet?
Spencer is now 26 weeks, and for the past several days he has dragged his butt on the ground at least once a day. (Hasn't done it yet today.) I know this is either worms or blocked anal glands, and I really don't think it's worms. I made an appointment with the vet for next Wednesday so that I can see how the vet expresses the glands, but I would love to avoid going to the vet.
I've read here that dietary supplements like prunes or a change in diet can help. In a few days I am going to start changing him over from the food he came with (Taste of the Wild) to frozen raw diet (Stella & Chewys.) Should I wait for the vet visit until I see if the new food helps all by itself?
And should I try expressing his glands myself? So far I haven't gotten him to stop squirming enough to get a good look at his anal area!
By the way, he doesn't seem to have any constipation and his poop looks firm.
I used to express the anal glands on our old boy Cooper (now deceased) on a regular basis. Its pretty unpleasant, but certainly possible to learn how to do it. I used a pair of disposable gloves and paper towels, followed up with a spray that kills the scent. The vet taught me how to do it. It takes some practice to get the knack of it, but its a useful skill worth learning.
Overall, I've since learned that if a dog's anal glands need regular expression, there is probably something not quite right with his diet. A dog needs nice firm poo to keep the anal glands naturally expressed when they potty. If the poo is habitually too soft, then you get this problem.
Some folks are recommending prunes and that sounds like a great idea. I have found that regular meals with raw meaty bones also creates firm poo and no anal gland issues.