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Old 03-20-2017, 07:57 PM
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Cocker Spaniel mystery

Hi everyone, I have a 7 year old cocker spaniel who has developed problems with her anal glands in the last year. When we brought her to the vet she was surprised to find mostly air and very little material when she emptied her glands. We thought this was a once off but less than a week later she was back scooching more than ever. When we brought her back in they were full of air again. This pattern has been continuing for the last year (we bring her in every 4 weeks to be expressed). We have changed her food 3 times and she is currently on a prescription food for food sensitivities but things seem to be getting worse. She now spends a lot of time sitting outside on the cold tarmac to get some relief and scooching on the rough ground. I have also noticed that since her last change of food she spends a lot of time walking around the garden trying to make a bowel movement and when she finally does it's quite loose. Another thing I have noticed is that while I am brushing her she has become a little sensitive on her lower left side. She is still eating normally, in that, she eats all she's given when my sister's dog stays with us 5 days a week when she's at work but will take it or leave it at the weekends when the other dog isn't around. I have explained all of this to my vet who seems a little perplexed by it all. I'd hate to think that she is in pain and she is clearly uncomfortable. I'm not quite sure why after 6 years she has suddenly developed anal gland problems as my vet says that if a dog is going to have problems in that area they will probably have them all their lives. I know that surgery is an option but reading about the cons associated with it I'm not sure that's a path I want to go down unless there is no other option. Sorry about the super long post, I am just hoping that someone out there has some ideas or suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:51 PM
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well, that's a new one on me... NEVER gotten air during an anal gland expression. No idea what is going on there, but concerns could be some fungal or other gas producing infection (never good things)... definitely have that checked out.
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