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    I've noticed many people on this forum have spoken of the vets draining their dog's anal glands.

    So what is the story on this? Are the vets just doing this as some sort of routine thing, or is there a high incidence of anal gland problems with CKCS?

    It is just that I have had multiple dogs for all of my 54 years, and (touch wood 3 times) I have never had the vets go anywhere near my dogs anal glands, nor have they needed too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caraline
    or is there a high incidence of anal gland problems with CKCS?


    It seems to be something like that doesn't it...like you and owning different breeds I have never had the problem with the others either.

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    I read in "Your Happy Health Pet: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" by Norma Moffat, that scooting is a breed trait & does not necessarily indicate anal gland problems. I wonder if some vets are expressing the anal glands just because people are saying "my dog scoots"???
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    The Vet said to me that small dogs suffer particularly with Anal Gland problems.

    Marlon has done the Cavalier 'Scoot' bum wipe from about 9 weeks old.

    Having read that 'solid poo's' clean the anal gland I thought there was nothing to worry about, but the vet said that its best when the start 'scooting' more often than not to bring them in for the gland to be milked.

    Marlons was very full yesterday, I dont think I will leave it that long again.
    He didnt really like and yelped quite a lot.

    I believe you can milk the gland yourself but its something I am quite happy to leave to the experts.

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    It does seem to be a higher incident with CKCS. My Lhasa in 13 years never had her's expressed. Don't remember my Old English having it done either. Lily has already had her's done twice and she is only 7 mos old. Whether she needed it or the Vet decided she needed it when I told him she scoots, who knows.
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    I dont think it does them any harm.

    Marlon looked extremely happy after his first poo after having it done.
    I think it was quite a relief for him.

    He ran round the garden like a maniac for 5 mins !

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    Our Charley had trouble with his anal glands that wasn't corrected by
    "solid poops".

    They would get inflamed, infected, etc. and eventually had to be removed.

    That was a very nasty op, took him a long time to recover.

    We were told that some dogs have problems and others don't .... just bad luck on his part.

    Sure hope we don't have to deal with that op ever again!

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    I haven't had a problem with either of mine so far.

    I was told that if there is no problem then leave it because once you start it's really difficult to start.

    To be honest I had never even heard of vets touching anal glands in all of my years (I didn't even know they existed! ) until I came to this board.

    Both of mine scoot and they seem to be fine
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    I'd never heard about this problem either, until I started reading up on Cavaliers. Like Shay, our prior dog was a Lhasa and in all the years we had him, he never had an anal gland problem.

    So far, my two haven't either (knock wood), but if one or the other of them starts to scoot, I'll take them in.

    I've also read that some groomers will do this as a matter of course!
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    Yes a local groomer has told me that she will do it, if Marlon needs it done again.

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