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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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So, I have had this problem with Jack for awhile and I always forget to ask my Vet. Jack release his anal gland all the time, whenever. I dont know why it happens but it does. I shouldnt say all the time, but too much for my liking. I notice it happens when he shadoobies but it can happen in the car, sitting on our laps, sleeping in bed with us.

I guess my question is why does this happen and is there a way to STOP it?? Its super gross and smells horrible!!! (This is not related to the constipation issue I posted the other day. Just thought about it because we were just at a BBQ and it happened. People thought someone farted and I had to say it was my dog's anal gland. How nice :-\?!
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 09:56 PM
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Is his poop usually soft and light in color or firm and dark?

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Veifera-his shadoobies are both of what you asked.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 02:17 AM
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It is related to the constipation & adding fiber via sweet potato or green beans will resolve it.

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Lindsey1420, my dog, Willie, had the same problem last Fall. Unfortunately, it turned into an anal gland infection. The Vet said that this happens typically when the poops aren't firm enough. If the poops are normal, your dog will have to strain a little bit to go, and the poops empty the anal glands on their way out, due to the pressure. Sorry to be so graphic.

The Vet said you can approach this one of two ways: Try to make the poops bigger (with fiber like Metamucil, or natural foods such as threefsh suggested), or try to make the poops firmer (maybe by adding more protein?). The point is, you are trying to make your dog strain just a little bit when he's going No. 2. It is a nasty aroma, isn't it ?!

Willie had to have three different courses of antibiotics to cure his infection... Poor guy! The Vet said that with Vizslas, the common problems are "ears and rears". Good luck with Jack! If you struggle for a long time with this, the Vet can surgically remove the anal glands, but that is a "last resort" kind of thing. Funny part about it is that this ailment is much more common in the smaller breeds of dogs.

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We have the exact same problem with Gus. We have just been expressing his glands every week or so and make sure he lies on a blanket while on the couch!

We have been giving him pumpkin but it is not helping. We tried a grain-free food months ago, but that gave him the runs. We did ask the vet, and she didn't seem too concerned, she said some dogs just have this problem due to the way their glands are angled in their body or something? I don't know. I asked the breeder and he said he had "never had that problem." I don't know about that either. In any case, our next try is going to be metamucil. I'll let you know of it works
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Riley has anal gland problems bad. Not infected, they just don't release on their own. They're supposed to release when they go potty, but on some dogs because of the positioning of the glands and other things, they don't. We were taking him to the vet to have it done when we smelled it, but that got expensive, so the vet taught us how and so now we are supposed to do it every 1 1/2 weeks. He said no more often than that because it can irritate their butt. We have it down to a science. We do it outside. Gloves, vaseline, wet wipes, and follow that with a shot of Timmy Holedigger and it all goes away!
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It is related to the constipation & adding fiber via sweet potato or green beans will resolve it.
I'm no expert, by why is this related to the constipation? Just within the last few days I have notice him having a hard time shadoobing. He has never had a hard time before. And the anal gland leakage/release at times that is not after a shadoobie has happen for months. Its not like I watch him shadoobie all the time, but when I am looking that why, not that I like to watch him take his #2 ???, after there is a liquid that follows, which what I understand is the anal gland.

Last night it happen while he was sitting in my husband's lap!!! Super, super gross!!
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One time Gus got really scared while standing next to me on the couch and SPRAYED his glands all over my face. Talk about GROSS!
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From what my vet has said, it's not just related to constipation. Riley is far from being constipated. If their body doesn't release it after they've pood then it builds up. The vet showed me how to take my thumb and pointer finger on either side of his anus and you can feel when they are full. They feel like a couple of balloons. When they get so full, then they can start leaking, or if Riley has gotten scared or excited it has shot out once or twice. Talk to your vet. If it goes too long, they can become infected or the stuff that you or the vet expresses can have white "chunks" in it which can mean it could have become infected or blocked. Strange thing, but the vet said if we do it every 1 1/2 weeks like clockwork, over time we won't have to do it maybe so often.
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