View Full Version : Anal glands, both Molly and Éowyn to be operated

11th January 2012, 06:48 PM
As some of you know we have had a lot of anal gland issues with Molly (5 years) and Éowyn (3 years). Both have had two severe attacks of infected anal glands, the last time both of them had a huge abscess and needed 4 visits to the vet during two weeks. Besides their anal glands have been emptied at their regular vet visits. The two last times it coincided with our vacations, so we have had to cancel two prolonged "get-away-weekends" with a one day notice. The cancellation was the smallest of the problems of course, but in a few days time we are trying to go away again, so we thought we would get them checked, just in case.
It turned out to be a very good idea. Molly especially had a lot to get removed, the vet was quite concerned. We discussed the operation, as we have done so many times before, but this time she said it would get worse for them and would be a returning issue, unless we got them operated.

I read through all the posts with anal glands and discussions of operations, and I know that it is an absolutely last resort. But I think we have thought it through and discussed it thoroughly with their vets (they got a new one, when we moved 1½ year ago). We have tried many things; change of diet to more and more fibres, inspecting them regularly etc., but still it seems to come back. Christian and I had discussed it before, so we were prepared to do what the vet recommended.

So, now I have scheduled both of them for the 31st of January, and I am prepared to work at home that week it takes. The first night they will be at the vet, after that I can take them home, and they will wear cones until the stitch removal 8-10 days later.
As many of the questions here concerns the possibility of operation, I thought I would write a kind of diary in here, so you can follow the operation and the days after.

11th January 2012, 07:48 PM
It is a surgery that does have risks, but it sounds like you have researched and thought it through. Our friends who have a cavalier had this surgery done a few months back and everything was great. They said it is wonderful now not deealing with the infections all the time and their dog finally is happy, eats well again, and pain free.

I hope the best to you and their operation!

Brian M
11th January 2012, 08:57 PM
Hi Charlotte and Christian

The best of luck you are braver than I and it would be a gand I idea for a blog/diary so
we can all support you as you go along this path ,thanks for thinking of it and in turn
helping us all .

Kindest Wishes


11th January 2012, 10:53 PM
Hi Charlotte and Christian,
I just wanted to say I can appreciate the problem you've had in trying to 'do the right thing' for your little ones. My Poppy who went to Rainbow Bridge in 2006, used to get dreadful infections regularly. Like you we tried changing food and all we could think of to help her cope with this horrible condition.
After lots of chats with our vet Poppy had the operation and recovered well (though she hated the cone round her neck!) and she was great afterwards, a much happier, brighter dog!
She was about 3 when she had the op and we finally lost her when she was 13 years and 5 months old.
I hope everything goes as well for your little ones. It' a great idea to keep a diary for us too!
Sending you all hugs and very best wishes.

12th January 2012, 11:01 AM
Poor little pups, so many can have problems with anal glands. I know of a few who had their cavaliers glands removed and it was so much better for them, as Spangly had said about her Poppy.
We'll be thinking of you and sending you positive healing vibes. Do keep us updated. And I hope you get a holiday 'get away' soon!

12th January 2012, 06:29 PM
Hi Charlotte,
I know we've talk about the dreaded anal gland problem before as we were advised that Leo may need this op last year. Fingers crossed since the added oatsbran he's been ok......I think a blog would be fantastic and I will follow it closely just in case he ever does need surgery.
Good luck to you all....from what others say it sounds like you're doing the right thing.

12th January 2012, 06:48 PM
Best of luck with the op I will follow your diary too. My Pippin had two terrible occasions with anal glad abscess' and ended up with a gaping hole in his skin after they burst:(

Thankfully he has been fine since introducing all bran into his diet on a daily basis, fingers crossed.

12th January 2012, 06:57 PM
Thank you all of you for your kind answers. Right now I think there is a loooooooong time to think and worry, before the 31st of January.
We also added oatbran to their food, but it has not helped enough; but they like it, so we will continue with the oatbran anyway.
I talked to my boss today, to inform him that I would like to work from home or use my overtime. He was really sympathetic, and told me to use my overtime, so I shouldn't worry about working, when the dogs needed my attention. That's quite a relief. It means that I CAN work from home, if everything is fine; but I don't need to feel guilty, if I don't.

12th January 2012, 11:17 PM
You have a very nice boss, Charlotte! He's a keeper! :wggle:

20th January 2012, 11:31 AM
Just to follow up: We managed to get away this time; the vet check beforehand secured that we could go, and yesterday we came home from 3 days in London. The dogs were well cared for at their regular dog pension. It's almost two hour by car, each way, but as soon as they saw the owner, they sprang happily towards her. Now they are home, they have been given a bath, and they are sleeping. The operation is in 10 days, and I am getting more assured that it is the right decision every day. I am very nervous, but knowing that I can stay at home with them makes it easier; and I will write the diary to follow their recovery here on Cavaliertalk.

20th January 2012, 11:35 AM
I look forward to following your journey, and wish you more than the best!!!!

28th January 2012, 02:11 PM
I have started writing the blog, you can follow it here. It's called The rear end rescue blog. They are going up for surgery on Tuesday.


30th January 2012, 11:07 PM
I just wanted send my best wishes and hugs to Molly and Eowyn for tomorrow. I will be thinking about you all. Let us know how things go.

30th January 2012, 11:31 PM
Hope it all goes well tomorrow.
very best wishes.

30th January 2012, 11:37 PM
I will be thinking of Molly and Eowyn tomorrow, hope all goes well..

31st January 2012, 12:36 AM
Hoping that all goes well, prayers for you and paws crossed.

31st January 2012, 08:44 AM
Hi Charlotte, I'm thinking of you today :hug:

31st January 2012, 10:32 AM
Thinking of you and the doggies today xx

31st January 2012, 10:34 AM
Good luck tomorrow! Will be thinking of you!

31st January 2012, 03:14 PM
A million thanks for your thoughts and wishes. They are fine but Molly had some other minor issues. I will update the blog later. So relieved!

31st January 2012, 05:34 PM
Glad they are ok :)

31st January 2012, 07:16 PM
I couldn't see the next blog post on the frontpage, it will probably come up shortly. But here it is.

31st January 2012, 08:40 PM
I wish them both well tomorrow. Just as thought, those cones they make the dogs wear are not that great. I don't know if you have seen these but they might help to ease things a little.



We will be thinking of you, lots of gentle hugs.:hug:

31st January 2012, 09:34 PM
Just read your blog. Hope the blood results are nothing serious. Wishing you all the best for tomorrow.

1st February 2012, 11:02 AM
I could not figure out how to comment on your blog post from my iPhone....but thanks for the updates, they are so informative. Will be thinking of your furbabies and you as i know it's lonely tonight without them!

1st February 2012, 05:55 PM
Thank you all. They are fine. The blood results turned out to be something that can be mended. She CAN produce red blood cells, they are just a bit low at the moment, and it can be cured with a three week liquid iron-treatment. I will post the blog in a few minutes.
It feels great to have them home, I really missed them.