6th July 2014, 09:28 PM
cavalier anal gland problems
I have a king charles cavalier aged 5, and she has had permanent problems with her glands. Two infectionous cyst and several gland excretions by the vet. Do all cavvies suffer with this and if so what do you all do to alleviate the problem other than an op. Vet said best option for her, but I dont feel riight about operating on her as cavvies are prone to heart problems also.
6th July 2014, 10:13 PM
HI and welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about your Cavalier's problems with her anal glands. Yes this is a common problem with the breed, but it can often be improved with additions to the diet. Many people find Psyllium husk helpful, add one heaped 5ml teaspoon to your dog's bowl, and around 65ml warm water, leave to stand for a few minutes. it turns to a gel which you can stir into their food, most seem to eat it quite happily. You do need to ensure you put the water with it as otherwise it can cause some problems. Other people use oat or wheat bran, again about 5ml teaspoon with a little water. These are all available from health food shops or online.
Try to avoid the surgery if at all possible, depending on the skill of the surgeon, there is unfortunately a risk of faecal incontinence [poo ] which is extremely unpleasant for the dog and their carers. Many Cavaliers have their glands emptied regularly either by a vet or groomer. The vet can teach you to do this yourself at home.
7th July 2014, 09:22 AM
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7th July 2014, 09:42 AM
I would second what both Nicki and Karlin have said. Anal gland infections are usually the result of anal glands not having been emptied regularly. If you can't learn to do it yourself, it's much cheaper to ask your vet or groomer to do it every three months or so than to pay for probably unnecessary surgery! And it is major surgery, not just snipping out a little gland, so there is a recovery period as well as possible long-term consequences. Add bran to the diet, empty the glands regularly and there should be no need for more drastic treatment.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
7th July 2014, 12:47 PM
I would not opt for surgery. I add flax seeds (from health food store) into the dogs food a few times a week to aid in emptying the anal glands. Works like a charm.
7th July 2014, 01:34 PM
My Leo has an ongoing problem with anal glands.....he's had abscesses in the past. I add Oatbran to his meal and its really helped...plus watching for signs of problems...scooting etc....
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8th July 2014, 01:26 AM
I agree ... my vet taught me how to express her glands internally as they couldn't be expressed externally. She (vet) is not a fan surgery unless absolutely necessary. If you learn to do this, you can give your little one immediate relief and it's no big deal to do. However, I would recommend you ask your vet how to do it and have her give you feedback as you complete the process.
9th July 2014, 10:01 PM
Before you decide on surgery, I think you should consider the seriousness of the problem. My cavaliers had their anal glands removed, and if you haven't already found it: http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/b...-surgery-diary
This went smoothly, but I would only do it again, if there was a severe problem. Today, they are only scooting over the floor, if they really need to go outside, and they haven't had any side effects at all. But, don't do it just because it is an option.
Charlotte & Christian
Molly & Éowyn & Khaleesi