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Old 01-28-2014, 08:25 AM
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Has anyone had any experience with anal gland ruptures and their chi's?
This has happened to my dog and the vet is advising to have her anal glands removed. They assure me it has nothing to do with her diet or weight....
I have however found some information on the internet which differs on this..
Does anyone have any advice for me as I do not want to simply send me baby in for an op when they may be another way.
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Does she regularly have anal gland abscesses? Why does the vet say it's not diet related normally I have found when mine have had an anal gland abscess it has been because their stools have been too soft following a diet change
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This is the second time she has had this happen since August last year. Even since then I have been taking her regularly for check ups. Her last check up was the first week of January and 2 weeks later she had another rupture
I have spoken more to one vet about this and they all say the same thing...
There is no connection to diet and they don't really know the cause of it. It just happens and if chronic as in her case now the best is to remove both glands.
I have been reading that the anal glands help remove toxins from the body so removing them is not ideal but I have no idea if what I am reading is correct.
You would think and hope that you can trust your vet seeing as they are the "experts" but because I have read contradicting information I am now sceptical.......
I just want what is best for her and if there is something else I can try I would gladly do it.
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Do you empty them regularly one of my chis I have to express every 6-8 weeks and that stops her having any problems although hers have never ruptured just get very full
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Some say diet is a factor and some say if you do not express them regular this can happen. I have never had this issue but I express my kids glands once a month or sooner if I see butt scooting.
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I have her checked every 6-8wks as recommended by the vet. What worries me is I had it checked and expressed and TWO weeks later it ruptured! Roxy shows absolutely no signs of scooting or licking or anything which makes it very difficult.
I have even emailed two homeopathic vets to get their take on it.
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That is very strange. Let us know what the vets say
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Apparently some dogs are built in a way that means the glands don't empty, regardless of diet etc. In a normal dog ensuring the stools are the correct size and consistency will keep the glands clear. If your dog isn't emptying naturally then it needs to be done manually as often as required. I would try expressing the glands weekly (or maybe more often if your dog requires it)to see if surgery can be avoided.
Susan Davis recently had this issue with one of hers, maybe she can shed more light.
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