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Old 09-07-2016, 10:38 AM
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Have her anal glands ever been manually expressed? alot of groomers and some vets do it as a service, big no no cause it can create long term issues.

I'd personally use a warm compress a few times a day - old towel or something. Soak the towel in warm water containing epsom salts, apply and hold for a while. Or sit her in a warm bath with epsom salts for a while. Magnesium really helps with wounds and such. You can use polysporin applied a few times a day after the compress is removed and the area dried. It doesn't matter if she licks the polysporin.
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Yes they have been manually expressed. Quite a few times - once at PetSmart as a service (that I didn't ask for) and a few times at the vet because we were advised they were full and that's what they do. I didn't know it causes problems until I got on this forum and so now I'm very hesitant to get them done now. However I have a feeling they are full but don't really want to express them again because of how it causes problems. Will the compress relieve them right now or is the compress more for the sores? What should I do about the anal glands? I REALLY don't want to have them done. Was thinking about getting some more pink pills (allergy pills). Didn't want to do conventional medicine but her allergies are causing itchiness so bad I didn't have any other option really. These pills don't make her sick or different (thank goodness).. Just helps with the itching.

If I add oat bran to her food m, do you think that will help express what's in there? Thanks so much again.. I can't say it enough!
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Karen Becker on anal gland issues... She gets down to the heart of the matter.



If they've been expressed quite a few times, it could be trauma related and is a never ending circle. If the glands can't be expressed naturally, then they have to be squeezed - then they can't be expressed naturally.

If she's chewing on her butt, it's going to make matters worse. Maybe time for an E-collar so she can't reach to chew. I would definitely try soaks in epsom salts to get the soreness cleared up - simple swelling could be causing some of it. Polysporin should help heal it up - gentle massage a few times a day may help alleviate. sounds gross yes, but...

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