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Old 06-30-2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't think this has been talked about yet! Trust Voltaire to be the first to have something so embarrassing *
So....last Sunday i noticed V's anus (sorry guys but i can't talk about this without mentioning all the gruesome details ) was kind of big or swollen. Monday was about the same except he started licking and licking it . Anyway i'd been checking for worms in his stools everytime and there were none. So internet search and i come up with 'blocked anal glands' plus a detailed explanation of how to empty them. (Now this gets really gross, haha!!) Anyway - i stuck him in the shower and had a go *- worked a treat - yuk, yuk, yuk
Took him to the vet on wednesday to get him properly checked out. The vet said it was just blocked anal glands - no infection - just a sore butt where he'd licked so much. So to make things even more pleasant for me i now have a cream i have to apply and rub in 3/4 times a day *My husband is SO taking the p*** out of me! :rofl:
Just thought i'd share this proof of unconditional love!
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Annette, bless your heart. *What a terrible thing to have to do but yes, it does show how much we love our babies! *Hopefully this gets rectified quickly! (pun intended) *
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That is pretty nasty, but I guess it just shows how much you love him. *I would do it for Roxy or Astro if I had to.
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The things we do for our babies! *There was actually a segment on the show Dirty Jobs of a dog groomer who also expressed the anal glands, it wasn't a pretty site! *The groomer said it is something done alot and if it isn't many dogs do get plugged glands. Glad he is doing better and it was nothing serious.
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Volitare is lucky to have a mom who will do things like that for him.
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Lucky Vol for sure......Good Mom!!!!
What will also help is to soak his bottom in a tub of warm water with baking soda....:-) *
If the anal glands get infected they will become an abcess and normally will rupture or have to be lanced and drained....Not fun for them in either case.....
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Now if that aint love, I don't know what is!! * *That is one I think I could not do. I would have to go to the vet for that. *I've helped with my share of dingleberries, but no way to the expressing. You are a wonderful mommy! *
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ok this is gross...yet I cant believe I know the following:

Apparently if his stool is the hard enough, the anal glands should naturally empty themselves every time he poops.

So you may want to check to make sure he hasn't been having loose, or even a little soft stool lately.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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OMG....I'm glad your pups ok! *My sister has a black lab mix and his anal glands exploded!! *He was in the worst pain ever all night long, left the worst mess ,so to say, ever on her guest room bed.....and it took him a bit to heal. *I worry often about my Chloe, but I do notice that every time she poos...she lets out a bit of "liquid" that is not poo. I keep an eye on this so that I can know if her glands are backed up, blocked.....or maybe infected! *Pups are so like kids...huh?! *We have to do things to them that we NEVER though we'd have to. *Best of luck in your pooper problem! *I so hope yours heals very quickly!!
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LOL! We had a Cocker Spaniel we had to relieve the anal glands on, I prefered to have the groomer do it!! Pretty nasty. Poor Volitaire, hope his butt feels better soon.
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