07-27-2012, 10:49 PM
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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?