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Old 03-02-2019, 10:58 PM
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Anal glands...help!

My dog Joey is 1 year and 4 months old, up until he was a year old he never had any anal gland issues, but now he just always smells of anal glands, and now I have to take him in to get them expressed every month, it smells sooo bad! But now more recently it seems he is having this issue even sooner then once a month! I took
Him in about two weeks ago for an expression and they expressed them, they were full and chunky according to the vets and now tonight he smells again! I’ve been trying all different types of supplements for this and nothing works. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have metronidazole which I keep on hand for when one of the dogs ha diarrhea. One of my other dogs a while ago was having soft stool, not diarrhea but just constantly soft so the vet suggested giving him that medication for a week and then weaning
Him off it and it worked so I’m thinking about doing it with Joey, but I’d like to find a more natural way of helping him out. Any suggestions would be great, thank you!
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Ours has needed her anal glands expressed every two months or so, all her life, for some reason. Changing her to all fresh food and no processed foods, has helped, she can now sometimes go three months, and they are easier for the Vet to express. Vet says its not as 'thick' as it used to be, but she continues to need help with them at some interval. Fortunately she doesn't smell, she scoots her butt and acts a bit uncomfortable, which is my clue to get her into the Vets. Not to be discouraging, ours is ten years old, and as I said this has been a problem for her and us, all her life.
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Flagyll which is the brand name of the metronidazole makes my dog's diarrhea worse. He has IBD and food allergies so if he eats chicken he gets bad diarrhea. They gave me a different o for diarrhea but it's a powder that I have to put in his food. He usually doesn't want to eat if he feels sick so it can be hard to get into him since the medicine is supposed to be taken with food.

Pureed pumpkin which pet stores sell Authority dog food makes it helps him have nice normal poop.

I've never dealt with the anal gland issue (yet), but I've read and heard that once a dog has their anal glands manually expressed by a vet they tend to have to have it done repeatedly like you and laco describe. I have no idea if that's really true or not, it's just what I've read.
Maybe gradually change the diet?
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I don't believe anyone has their dogs anal glands expressed unless they need it, which means for that particular dog it would likely be a chronic condition, but I really do not believe expressing them makes the condition chronic.
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I didn't explain it well. Something about when they have their anal glands manually expressed by a vet, they're less able to do it naturally and become dependent on the vet manually doing it. It could be they had some predisposed condition or muscle weakness that they had to have it done to begin with, so may be a chicken vs egg syndrome.
I wasn't trying to say that it wasn't necessary to have done, just that if it needs to be done once, unfortunately many dogs go on to have this procedure done repeatedly.
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