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    Anal Gland Problem- Vet Suggestions Needed

    I have a Maltese and Jack Russell Terrier cross bred dog who is Three and half years old. Recently we visited a vet and he was getting treated for anal glands problem. It seems his right gland was infected. He was treated with antibiotics for close to 7 weeks and flushing was also done once. However when we visited vet last time we came to know his infected gland condition has not improved.

    I would like to know where I can find a good vet in Sydney where I can get a second opinion and treat him as well so that his glands are not infected. I donot want glands to be removed which may be the last option to do.

    Please suggest a good vet in Sydney. We had adopted him last September from RSPCA Yagoona in Sydney.

    Thanks and Regards
    Jack

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    Has the vet suggested a change in diet to help express the anal glands? Bulking out the poo with indigestible fiber like the vets all natural range can help keep them empty as my pugs were full too on just dry food to the size of peas O_o
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    We were adding Psyllium Husk along with dry food. But that did not help much. We have started feeding him Science Diet W/D from today. So we will have to see if that improves . However vet mentioned to get a culture test done after 2 weeks in order to find the exact bacteria in the infection and prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. For the last 7 weeks the antibiotics that were given was without conducting the culture test.

    So from the last discussion with the vet it seems that the infection is still there and treatment would be required and this time I wanted to get a second opinion from a different vet and preferably from a vet who has more experience dealing with similar issues and then proceed with treatment.

    From what I understand even if the new food firms his poop and he is able to express his own glands that still would not treat the infection.

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    I would recommend a raw diet, with raw meaty bones twice a week, at least.

    I think feeding the pysllium with the dry food is exacerbating the problem as it is all very "dry". I think he needs more moisture to be able to move his bowels more easily. The bones in his diet will also give his digestive system a workout and massage the glands as they come out.

    Did the vet explain why expressing the glands will not treat the infection? That doesn't make any sense at all to me.

    Good luck

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    RSPCA often have really good vets used to dealing with problems like these. You could phone and ask if you can book appointment with one of them. I know the RSPCA in SA offers their vet services to the public - it's part of how they help fund their shelter.

    Otherwise I've got not much idea. You could also try looking up JRT breeders if there is a JRT club in NSW / Sydney and ask them for a recommendation.

    My mum's dog ended up getting her anal glands removed because going to the vet every month to get them "expressed" was no fun for anyone. Didn't seem to affect the dog badly in any way.

    I would not leave an untreated infection for long.

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    OP has not been back since april. Closing thread to prevent spam.

    Infections, especially internal ones, are best treated with vet supervision.

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