A couple of times this weekend I thought I (sorry to be graphic) detected an odor that made me think Lulu's glands needed expressing. It was faint and passed, so I wasn't sure but to err on the side of caution I was going to take her to the groomer this morning because they are not open on Monday. Well, this morning Lulu would not touch her morning meal, was restless in my lap, would sigh every time she laid down, and gave me pitiful eyes. A mama just knows something is not right. I was afraid to just go to the groomer. Last time her glands were infected. Sure enough--it wasn't very bad, but she had a fever and "not normal" (my words) anal gland excretion. The doctor expressed, infused with medication, and gave a Keflex shot. She came home and ate her evening meal and is much better. I asked him if this had anything to do with how much I have changed her food recently--I have changed her food more in the last 6 months when this happened once before than I have in the first 3 1/2 years of her life. he said it possibly could or it could just be her age now or other factors we are not aware of right now. I am not planning any more food changes, so we will see. She weighed 6 lbs 3 oz, but he said her weight was plenty acceptable. He felt all around her ribs and stomach and neck. He said if I wanted her to lose a few ozs back to around the 5lb 12 oz she weighed at the beginning of the year that was OK but not necessary, but she did not need to lose the pound I was aiming for that would be too much. He told me she needed to be on Vitamin D3 to help fight off infection and gave me a list of supplements he like dogs to be on. I took in her Nupro and he said that was good keep her on it. I gave him and empty ZP bag so he could read all about it which he greatly appreciated. He has been researching ZP online and really likes it. All in all, good visit--glad my little girl is on the mend, and I pray this is not something Lulu is going to be prone to every 6 months. PS. I asked him is there anything to the thought that the more you express a dog's glands the more they need expressing, or is that a myth. He said that is a myth.