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I'm just wondering for those who express the anal glads yourself how often do you have to express them? Is this an on going thing?

I find myself doing it every once a month.

I just check her when I can and see if she needs it. I don't wait to clean her when she starts to scoot.

That just me, I don't want her to feel uncomfortable at the moment that they are full.
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I've heard from the vet that it's not good to express the glands too often. Now, I have no idea what is considered as being too often. I know I've been shooting to have my Minky's glands expressed once a year, and I was thinking that was too often, so I'm not sure. I guess it depends on the dog. Like if your dog is scooting her rear on the ground, then that may indicate that it's time. Also, like you said, if you feel a grape size lump back there, then that can indicate that it's time. I'd like to see what other people have to offer on this topic.
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I've heard from the vet that it's not good to express the glands too often. Now, I have no idea what is considered as being too often. I know I've been shooting to have my Minky's glands expressed once a year, and I was thinking that was too often, so I'm not sure. I guess it depends on the dog. Like if your dog is scooting her rear on the ground, then that may indicate that it's time. Also, like you said, if you feel a grape size lump back there, then that can indicate that it's time. I'd like to see what other people have to offer on this topic.

Oh really.. hmm I didn't know that. hmm yes i would like to know what others have to say about it..

Thanks for the info, it is interestig what your vet said..
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From my experience, I had two cockers that wouldn't always express their own, so we would use the "scoot" to tell us when it was time (on average probably 3 or 4 times a year). With Holly, I asked the vet to show us how to do it on her because her little butt was so tiny compared to the cockers, and the vet said it's best to NOT do it to the dog unless it really becomes necessary. They should express their own when going to the bathroom if their stool is firm enough. And she said Holly wasn't full, so not to do anything. The next thing we knew, she was laying on my husband's lap one evening relaxing and all of a sudden she expressed them herself! I couldn't believe it until I talked to a friend of mine with a mini daschund who said her pup did the same thing. The vet said it's totally normal for it to just happen like that when they're relaxed and that was good because once you start messing back there, I guess you're going to have to do it forever. Since then, she's done it about 4 times in the 13 months I've had her. I would definitely say that once a month is too much, and if you just wait it out, she'll probably take care of it herself.
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My newest Chi I have only done it once, I myself wait until I smell the odor. Mine do not scoot so I do not have that as a warning? I have expressed my dane when he was a pup at the most once a month but as he ages it seems to not be as often and is prob. about once every 3 months now if at all? My vet when teaching me to express them myself never said anything to me about there being a too often but I am sure like everything else there can always be some side effect. I had taken my dane puppy to the vet about once a month when I was smelling the odor and that is when he taught me how so I wouldnt have to keep bringing him.

Just to be sure I would just call your vet and ask him how often is too often and what the side effects could be?

Most will release this when pooing but not always so I would definately wait until there is an issue
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Thanks for more comments on here.

And my chi is a 22 weeks old, she is still a puppy. But I notice the first time she scoot, I did clean it out myself.

But a month later she was scooting again. So I did it again, so from then on it seems she gets that way every month.

And NO I would not wait till she express herself ANYWHERE I got kids and it an unclean thing to just let it be express anywhere.

But it alright if she just did it when she poop..

She just let out the smell when she was with me yesterday, so I knew it was time... I cleaned her last month, this month again..


But as she grows i am sure she will be like Yoshismom.. Lets see time will tell..

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When Lucy was a puppy, she would scoot and I thought she was going to have anal gland problems. Then I read that sometimes with the little dogs, their poops aren't big enough so the anal glands don't get expressed. Also, dog foods today don't have as much filler so that leads to smaller poops. Anyway, Lucy loves carrots, so I started giving them to her regularly and that helped to add some bulk to her poop--don't mean to be gross. So, that helped her with that issue and as she got older, it was easier for her to do it on her own. No more scooting!
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When Lucy was a puppy, she would scoot and I thought she was going to have anal gland problems. Then I read that sometimes with the little dogs, their poops aren't big enough so the anal glands don't get expressed. Also, dog foods today don't have as much filler so that leads to smaller poops. Anyway, Lucy loves carrots, so I started giving them to her regularly and that helped to add some bulk to her poop--don't mean to be gross. So, that helped her with that issue and as she got older, it was easier for her to do it on her own. No more scooting!
Hmm interesting about the carrots. It bad for them to digest it everyday?? how regularly do you mean??

Yes I am aware about why it harder for them to express their glads while they poop. I read that many times about how now the dry food, makes dogs poop soft. So you right on that
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