View Full Version : Anal Glands

20th December 2006, 08:10 AM
Sorry - not a pleasant sounding topic!!

I just wondered what the signs are that cavvies need their anal glands emptying as I know that this is a common problem.


20th December 2006, 08:15 AM
Excessive scooting and sometimes soreness when eliminating ? I think.

Cathy Moon
20th December 2006, 11:54 AM
:xctly: That's what I watch for, too!

Barbara Nixon
20th December 2006, 12:56 PM
Nibbling or snapping at rear end. In Izzy's case, refusing to jump up on the bed and skulking under the table. Flinching if you touch the area (pressing gently with a piece of kitchen paper, may result in a small amount of gunge coming out).

When Monty's got infected , he had a blood smeared ooze.

20th December 2006, 03:43 PM
Can Anal Gland milking be done by the owner or just the vet ?

Marlon has scooted all his life and hie has been milked twice by the vets when he has been in.
(he got runny stools after 9 weeks so I think its a habbit aswell)

Nothing is wrong with him though.

Cathy Moon
20th December 2006, 05:25 PM
I always let the vet do it.

After a bout of diarrhea or soft poo is when the anal glands are most likely to fill up. Firm poo naturally empties the anal glands. That's why it is so important to feed our pups a diet that agrees with them.

20th December 2006, 05:43 PM
if the anal glands get infected/blocked, he may cry when he poos. Also his anus changes colour.

Other than that, previous posts have covered everything! Your dog will 'scoot' and fuss with his bum. My previous dog was ALWAYS having his glands emptyng at the vet!!!

Joanne M
20th December 2006, 05:47 PM
mishmosh, jeez I don't know what color his anus is now, what color is it supposed to be? But I too have wondered about Tucker's anal sacs, because he sometimes scoots

Darby's Mom
20th December 2006, 07:50 PM
Can Anal Gland milking be done by the owner or just the vet ?

Although it is probably safer to just let the vet do it, it is actually quite easy to do yourself (coming from a self-proclaimed serial anal gland expresser! LOL!)

Here's a GREAT website for everything "anal gland"! :D


20th December 2006, 07:58 PM
Spoke to the vet today,alfie had his done the vet said as well make sure good diet.Dry food is better as then the poo is firm,and that helps keep glands clean.Hope this info will help.

Barbara Nixon
21st December 2006, 11:02 AM
I do Izzy's myself ,as they are quite easy, but I couldn't do Joly's a few weeks back and he even cried when the vet did it. She said he wouldn't like it because she did it internally and he was a little dog for a big finger to enter.

I do Izzy's externally , by gently squeezing the area. Most people use a paper towel, but I prefer a bare hand, so I can feel the fluid come out. washing thoroughly, afterwards, isn't that much of a chore.