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Just to pass this on:
If you notice your puppies or kittens scooting across the floor on their rumps, that usually means they need their anal glands expressed. When Maverick (our cat) was about three months, he started doing this, and my vet said he shouldn't need to have them done b/c he was so young. But, sure enough, they were full. The same happened when we got Goose, the other cat, he too was very young and his glands were full.
Well, earlier this week, noticed Pip was scooting. His stools were firm, but I knew right away what he needed. AND, just like last time the vet didn't think he needed them done b/c of how young, but when he came back with my boy, he said the glands were the size of PEANUTS! That is big for this little guy. So, just a heads up- :)
 

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Uck, thanks for the head's up! I have not noticed my dogs doing that, thank goodness but I have noticed my mother's maltese puppy doing that. I will have to pass that along
 

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Lola just started doing that too, on my WHITE carpet!! I just love her, so I bite my tongue, but I just thought she was getting off any access doo doo's!!! She even left a little line one time! :shock: Do you think she will be ok then to wait 2 weeks to get them expressed?? That is when she goes to get spayed.
 

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My pups do the scooting thing too. We asked our vet about it and he said it could be an itch. He said not to be concerned unless they do it a lot. Our do it only once and a great while.
 

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Oh lord Everytime this subject comes up I get crazy. Auggie is almost 10 months old and has never had this done. He never scoots on his butt. Is that the only sign. Please tell me there are chi's that don't need this as we only hear from those who do :roll:
 

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OK I will tell you Kemo so far has never needed anal glands expressed! Feel better??? :D
His does itch from time to time though..... :D
 

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Bless you Kemo's mama I do feel better. People obviously chat about a problem so you never hear from the my chi doesn't have that. I am a paranoid mom :lol:
 

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Auggies Mom said:
Oh lord Everytime this subject comes up I get crazy. Auggie is almost 10 months old and has never had this done. He never scoots on his butt. Is that the only sign. Please tell me there are chi's that don't need this as we only hear from those who do :roll:
Licking at their rectums a lot can also be a sign of them trying to express the glands, just as the scooting across the floor is the dogger's attempt to empty the anal sacks. Even frequent tail chasing can be a sign of full glands. (This is info that I found on the internet when doing a little research on the subject).
 

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I don't remember the specific web site, but what I usually do is go to Google.com and do a search using a key word, which in this case would be 'anal glands.'
 

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Sometimes Daytona and Lady do the scoot thing. vet checked said no prob just itchy lol. however my other dog scooted she had to have her glands extracted the vet does it and shows you how. i decided to let vet do it if it happened again. :shock:
 

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zoey scooted alot for a while.... we let the vet take care of expressing her glands though. i wouldn't be able to deal with it. :shock: she has only scooted once in about the past 3 months. im so relieved.
 

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I had NEVER heard of such a thing till I took Barbie months ago and the Vet did it. I was in shock :shock: I can't even cut her nails MUCH LESS mess with that. But thank God she is not scooting much anymore. Weard. I would faint---I am a big chicken. :tweety:
 
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