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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here. My 2YO Ridgeback (Max) has been licking and biting his bum area lately and the dog wash lady this morning told us he has swollen anal glands and needs to go to the vet.

    I was wondering what can the vet do for them and is there an alternative treatment than the vet?

    Max has been to the vet with skin irritations the past 6 months and it's costing us a fortune.

    Thanks
    Mia

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    Sounds like he needs his glands drained, the vet will give them a squeeze which should help to releave him (Dont try this yourself if your not experianced, the stuff that comes out stinks! and i mean STINKS!)

    Usaully a dog will express its own anal glades during toileting, however if there stools are loose it often doesnt put enough light presure on the glands for them to open and release themselves. (Thats why dogs are always sniffing other dogs doo's, cause they leave a scent from there glands when they do their business)

    I have a lady on one of my other forums whos dog always has problems with its glands, just one day started up and hasnt stopped I hope thats not the case with your boy

    Google Anal Glands (Sacs): Impactions, Infections & Abscesses in Dogs and you should find heaps of info on it
    Last edited by leo01; 03-05-2009 at 04:32 PM.

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    And in regards to his skin irritations, what brand of food is he on? As it can make a huge difference! many vets will talk you into their own promoted brand, as they make commission from selling it so dont always take their word as gospil

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    I second Leo's comments. Diet can be contributing to both problems you are describing... Do some research if you get a chance (online is great for it!!) - you may be able to save yourselves a whole lot of drama and money with some diet changes. But get your vet to do the squeezing - some things are worth paying for!!

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    Thank you so much for the replies.

    The dog wash lady told us it really stinks and not to try it at home as well.

    I will look into switching his food over to a more organic brand and see how his irritations hold up.

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    check out the Best Dog Food? thread in the feeding section, there is a great links for dog food reviews posted by Sourceress which i have used myself in the past.

    Also if you go to Natural Pet Store :: loving your pet naturally as they actually stock a few of the holistic brands otherwise hard to get in OZ

    I would suggest feeding a mix of really top quality holistic kibble along with raw (Not together, say kibble in the morning, raw in the evening for example, as some dogs have trouble digesting kibble/raw together) & Make the change of food slowly, say over 5-7 days, not just cold turkey one day change, otherwise it could really upset his tummy.

    Google and look into BARF/Prey model/Raw natural diets, many dogs with skin issues do so much better on a raw diet (As nature intended for our canines, they didnt go hunting out wheat, rice, or any form of cooked grain in the wild I beleive anyways )

    Hope you boy gets to feeling better soon

    Cheers hun!
    Last edited by leo01; 03-05-2009 at 04:33 PM.

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    You will still have to have him squeezed though I'm afraid. Changing diet will only help stop it from happening again. More harder food (raw is great) and less soft stuff - the pre made sausgaes are the worst. They don't put any pressure on the glads as they're coming out the other end. The firmer his stools are, the less likely he is to have this problem.
    The icky stuff from the glands is meant to coat each dropping with the dog's particular smell, which is why dogs sniff each other's poo.
    If the glads are impacted they need to be squeezed out by the vet or they will get infected (which will smell even worse!!).

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    Yup, defiantly agree with you Nattylou

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    when you go to the vet ask them to let you do one gland after you watch them do one - that way you will be able to do it at home if it happens again. I've found Eagle Pack Holistic has worked wonders for one dog that I have (got him from a pound where another supposed rescue had dumped him cause he was too expensive to treat). He had severe dermitits - no hair on his back or tail. His coat was oily and disgusting. Took me over a year to find a suitable food, but the holistic brand seems to work for him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    when you go to the vet ask them to let you do one gland after you watch them do one - that way you will be able to do it at home if it happens again. I've found Eagle Pack Holistic has worked wonders for one dog that I have (got him from a pound where another supposed rescue had dumped him cause he was too expensive to treat). He had severe dermitits - no hair on his back or tail. His coat was oily and disgusting. Took me over a year to find a suitable food, but the holistic brand seems to work for him
    Well done. Sounds like a big job. I'm glad someone had the patience for him!

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