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    Default Anal Glands (warning - Don't Read if You've Just Eaten, Especially if It Was Fish)

    Ok, I just spent an interesting, if totally gross, half hour reading up about anal glands and expressing them. Jenna left a yucky, fishy deposit this morning (thankfully on the tiles) so I am wondering if it might be diet related. At the moment she gets 3 chicken necks twice a week, usually for breakfast and a brisket bone about once every 2 weeks ( I'm still terrified of giving her bones). Otherwise she has a premium dry food, her poos are soild so not sure why she had this 'leak'. Maybe it's a one off, sure hope so.

    On one post i read, they said if you feed nothing but chicken wings for 2 days a week there should be no problem with the pesky glands. What do you all think? If I was to feed chicken wings only how many do you think I should give each day. Jenna is 17kg (projected adult weight about 20kgs).

    Do any of you express you dogs anal glands yourself, can't say I'm too keen to do that and will wait and see if this becomes a regular problem. I do remember Holly used to do this about once every 3 months or so but this is the first time Jenna has done it.

    Sorry for bringing up such a gross subject.

    Right oh, I'm off for lunch now
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    ergh.. i should read up on this too? is this something that needs to be done regularly?

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    Anal glands are actually not a gland although they are commonly called glands.

    Anal sacs are there for a reason. They will express naturally for a reason. The only time you should concern yourself with anal sacs is if the sacs begin to leak all the time or become impacted because they are not being expressed naturally.

    I am not a fan of expressing anal sacs manually as a matter of routine. Besides which, the more you express, the more the sacs produce. Sadly, expressing anal sacs unneccessarily is becoming a common thing.

    The sacs express naturally when a dog is frightened, excited and when a dog toilets. The issue with these sacs arise when the diet does not contain enough roughage and the dog produces loose and soft stools. The loose and soft stools mean that the sacs are not squeezed as the stool exits. Normally, if your dog is on a good diet that contains roughage and bones, they will have no problems. There are some dogs though that do have problems. Some dogs are prone to the glands becoming impacted and they need to have to sacs squeezed regularly. In some dogs, the sacs will also develop abseces regularly. If your dog has major issues with the sacs, a Vet can operate and remove them although this is always last resort.
    Last edited by Anne; 12-20-2009 at 12:55 PM.
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    Absolutely Anne. I can't add anything else.

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    Are you absolutely sure it's her anal glands? Considering the amount you say she expressed, and her diet which seams fine as well as stool described it sounds a bit odd to me. Check if she possibly have some vaginal problems, ie. inflamation of some kind, or check with your vet all together.

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    By the way Tkay described the smell, I'd be 96% sure its her anal sacs.
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    Thanks guys for the replies. I'm pretty sure it is an anal sac thing. As I said, Holly did the same thing occasionally, although not till she was older.

    I think I will wait and hope it doesn't happen again. Everything has been fine since. I would like to up her raw diet anyway so I will give that a go too.

    Cheers
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