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Old 07-27-2012, 10:25 PM
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The vet told me that it wasn't abcessed just really swollen because of his consistent licking. (more of an irritation I assume)
Over the last month I've had to take him on a weekly basis
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The prunes should definitely help. Please keep us posted on if they are successful
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And the vet fully empties them every time? Are they infected? Has he been tried on antibiotics for them? (They don't need to have abscessed to be infected). Is the discharge too thick?
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And the vet fully empties them every time? Are they infected? Has he been tried on antibiotics for them? (They don't need to have abscessed to be infected). Is the discharge too thick?
As far as I know the vet empties them fully. (but then again that could be questionable)
He has never put him on antibiotics.
I've seen the discharge that comes out and it isn't very thick... a light brownish color and somewhat pasty. Is this a good or bad sign?

I'm wondering if I should go and get a second opinion at another vet?
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If the discharge isn't thick then I'm not sure why the surgery is being recommended or why your dog is having issues. Sometimes if the discharge is thick then it's difficult to express no matter what you do. If the discharge isn't so thick, then it should be easily expressed. Absolutely try the prunes. If they don't seem to work, please do get a second opinion from another vet before considering that surgery.

I guess based on that I'm kind of confused as to what is wrong... sorry. Why/when does it get bloody? Just from licking?

IF so, hopefully the prunes will keep them emptying and stop that. Or a higher fiber food. Or you could learn how to empty them...

Is the vet sure the anal glands are the issue? Could your dog possibly have a food allergy and that's why he's licking his butt excessively?
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