The rear end rescue blog - an anal gland surgery diary

Like many other cavalier’s, Molly and Éowyn have had many infections in their anal glands. We have been to all vet checks as recommended (at least once a year) where the anal glands also were checked and expressed. The first couple of years no serious problems, but now the infection comes back every 8-10 months; normally without any “warning” beforehand. We considered surgery for a long time, but it was difficult to find any written experience about it. Therefore I am writing this blog diary from a couple of days before their surgery, and until they have recovered. Hopefully you will find it useful, and please feel free to comment with your experiences, too. Surgery is not something you should do without considering it carefully, and we have had many thoughts and discussions about it beforehand. There are good and bad experiences with surgery, and this is just one point of view.

  1. Surgery day + 6 days

    by , 6th February 2012 at 08:04 PM (The rear end rescue blog - an anal gland surgery diary)
    Molly and Éowyn are getting restless and are looking out through the window, begging to come out into the garden filled with snow. Obviously that is impossible. Short trips in a leash only, no matter how much they want to go out. Still it’s freezing, today it’s -10⁰C (14⁰F) – at noon. It’s so cold that both dogs start lifting their front paws and want to go inside after just a few minutes, so it isn’t even tempting to take them for a walk.

    This night was all right. Éowyn ...
  2. Surgery day + 5 days

    by , 5th February 2012 at 07:02 PM (The rear end rescue blog - an anal gland surgery diary)
    This night was almost like yesterday. Both dogs had difficulty settling down in the crate; Éowyn because she circled round and round, trying to reach her behind, and the cone banged towards the crate; Molly because of Éowyn. After almost an hour I consulted Christian, and we agreed to give Éowyn ¼ of daily painkiller dose on a spoon with A38. Molly just got A38. It helped, and by midnight Éowyn finally fell asleep. She woke up a couple of times during the night, and at 6.am. they were both wide ...

    Updated 6th February 2012 at 03:23 PM by ourempire

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  3. Surgery day + 4 days

    by , 4th February 2012 at 08:27 PM (The rear end rescue blog - an anal gland surgery diary)
    Obviously you can’t count on constant progress. This night was a bit more disturbed than yesterday. Both Molly and Éowyn complained several times during the night about their accommodation in the crate, and Éowyn still had some pain.

    At 6.30 a.m. they got breakfast and medication, and Éowyn pooped, while she yelped a lot. Molly did her business, too, but much more dignified. The consistence is now back to normal for both, and Molly is now as clockwork again, like before the surgery. ...
  4. Surgery day + 3 days

    by , 3rd February 2012 at 07:52 PM (The rear end rescue blog - an anal gland surgery diary)
    Need I warn about specific pictures again?!?

    Before going to sleep Éowyn pooped, but it was not a very good experience. She yelped in pain and ran all over the place (outside) in her leash. Poor thing. Molly didn’t poop yesterday evening, but it WAS freezing cold (-15⁰C in the night and morning (5⁰F)), so I didn’t push her. If it became necessary we could go out during the night. We then did a “butt inspection”, and Éowyn seemed a bit swollen and a bit red/inflammatory, ...
  5. Surgery day + 1 day

    by , 1st February 2012 at 07:14 PM (The rear end rescue blog - an anal gland surgery diary)
    Warning – today it is a very long post with explicit photographs below!

    Homecoming today! We had prepared for a few days with dogs without bladder and intestine control:
    I and the dogs move to the spare bedroom for the first days; if accidents happen only one small bed has to be cleaned.
    • Next to the bed I have placed two of their baskets/cradles, if they feel more comfortable there during the night.
    • Lots of clean towels and soft cloths to clean them if accidents
    ...
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