My chi Rocky had issues with his anal glands before. I was scared of doing it myself so I can't help much, it's my boyfriend who does it. He said he has to squeeze relatively hard to the point that he worried about hurting him at first, but it's always been fine.
Originally Posted by Ari1405
My dogs have never had this procedure done.
How do you guys know when the dog needs it?
Is it just some dogs?
Not all dogs need it. And trust me you know when there's something wrong with anal glands. They usually start scooting and licking/biting their butts and it becomes excessive as it gets worse. A bad fishy smell, swelling or pain while pooping are other signs. Once you know a dog has issues with it, then you can start emptying the glands from time to time to prevent it (and making changes to their diet to firm up their poops can help), but if your dogs have never had issues then there's no need to worry.