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Old 09-21-2016, 09:12 AM
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Help! with Anal Glands

My beagle has been secreting anal fluid here and there for a couple days, as well as biting/itching around his butt. I don't know why this is happening, it occurred one time months and months ago but the symptoms cleared. What should I do?? Obviously the smell is awful, but I also don't want my dog feeling such discomfort.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:29 AM
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Have you taken the dog to a vet? Have the glands been expressed recently? Could be an infection or other.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:31 AM
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Have you taken the dog to a vet? Have the glands been expressed recently? Could be an infection or other.
I've never had them manually expressed. He has been in great health up until this, wasn't sure if it warranted a vet visit or not.
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I'd take the dog to a vet, better safe than sorry, that's not normal.
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It just sounds like they need to be manually expressed. Lots of dogs we get in the salon have leaky anal glands if the owners either don't know/ aren't comfortable with expressing the anal glands themselves. It's a very easy process and completely safe to do at home but I know a lot of our customers don't want that smell in their bathroom so they let us take care of it (it's around 10 at our salon but I've seen it range from 5-12$) If you'd like me to explain the process just let me know also manually expressing them at home allows you to gauge if they are clogged or infected before you spend the money to take him to a vet. With his breed I wouldn't really worry about this much I would just make expressing his glands a habit.
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It just sounds like they need to be manually expressed. Lots of dogs we get in the salon have leaky anal glands if the owners either don't know/ aren't comfortable with expressing the anal glands themselves. It's a very easy process and completely safe to do at home but I know a lot of our customers don't want that smell in their bathroom so they let us take care of it (it's around 10 at our salon but I've seen it range from 5-12$) If you'd like me to explain the process just let me know also manually expressing them at home allows you to gauge if they are clogged or infected before you spend the money to take him to a vet. With his breed I wouldn't really worry about this much I would just make expressing his glands a habit.
thanks for offering to explain, but I actually have watched videos and read how to do it, I don't know what my problem is but I've tried once before when I saw him dragging his bum and was unable to get anything out! *shrug*

I made the vet appt. just because he seems really irritated this time, maybe if I watch them I can see what I'm doing wrong. I hope they don't charge me an arm and a leg, but if it is infected I'd like to know right away
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Just my 2 cents, but with all my dogs - vets and groomers were warned up front - hands off the anal glands.

Manual expression can cause trauma and swelling if not done properly - and turns into a constant revolving door of manual expression as they won't work properly anymore.

Do take the dog to a vet.
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After you have them expressed start feeding prunes a couple of times a week and the problem will disappear. Buy some organic prunes and chop them up and add to the food. You want organic because the others have sulfur in them. When my hound ate kibble he had that problem. The prunes worked. 1 for sm. 2 for med and 3 for large 2 or three times a week.
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Some, not all dogs have ongoing problems with those anal glands. Samantha needs to have hers expressed every two to three months, not really a big deal.
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I was just realizing that to my surprise, a few days ago, Brody got into a small package of non toxic face paint. He has been having some colorful poop and I'm wondering if that is what is aggravating his little behind. Could there be a connection here?

Either way, vet appt. is set for Monday afternoon. Maybe they can also tell me how to get him to stop eating rabbit poop LOL
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