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/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grr.gif I was just wondering, for those with Beagles that have to have the anal glands emptied - how often are you doing this? I take Shiloh to the vet every 4-6 weeks - I know some people who do it themselves but I am alone here plus have disabilities plus low strength where he is very strong-willed. It takes two vet techs to do this and he is screaming the whole time and tries jumping off the table whenever he gets the chance. Ok - gotta go for now, almost tiem to leave work. Be bak later.
 

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I used to take my previous beagle Molly to the groomer to have her anal glands squeezed about every two months. The vet showed me how to squeeze Maggie's, but I'm certain it's not something I'll be doing myself...I'd much rather pay to have it done. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Booker and Moose have both had them removed, but back when they still had them it used to be about a month between squeezings... although towards the end it was more like 3 months for Booker as they were getting so hard to express and filling up so quickly. Popcorn can start to "leak" a bit after a month but she is on about a 6 week schedule for now.
 

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As a 1-2 year old Murphy had to have them emptied. As he got older, he grew out of it and did it on his own. To date, they take care of themselves.

Summer has never needed it done.
 

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Kim, as you know, the only one I've had problems with is my Chloe - and after her having several abcesses, which were very painful for her, we opted to have the glands removed. The surgery was successful, she recuperated well, and no more problems. Not sure we'd have had it done without the abcessed glands - but they were painful and made her sick - and the treatment (cauterization with iodine) was VERY painful for her and broke my heart. In the long run the removal was the only sensible choice and the kindest for her. None of the other beagles have had problems.
 

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/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/winkingsmiley.gif When Shiloh had it done a couple days ago, he didn't scream bloody murder like he has before - maybe they had gotten real bad before but this time I caught it early so they had not gotten so bad - will have to remember that. Poor boy, he also had his nails trimmed and a bordatello. Anyway, he's feeling/acting fine now. Thank you all for your comments. Maaybe since Shasta is a little smaller and more petite, she never will need it done - Shiloh was almost 4 when I started to have it done - he is also 16.2 inches tall, weighs 36 pounds and is big boned and muscular - my macho man. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/PuppyEyes.gif
 

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Not sure size has anything to do with it Kim, Chloe is my tiniest beagle - tho Lottie is a tad bit shorter, she's also much "sturdier". Romeo is almost 15" tall and weighs about 40# (give or take a pound or two) - and he's never had the problem.
I'm glad Shiloh is doing better. Give him a big hug from Auntie Glenda and puppy kisses from my beagle bratz!
 

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Having just gone through anal-gland-removal with my Maggie, thought I'd jump in with our own experiences.

My Miss Mags is three years old, and since her puppy days has had trouble with her glands. At first, she was expressed about every two months; in between, she gave me clues when they were bothering her, ie: lots of licking, snapping at her bottom, sitting down gingerly, etc. The vet showed me how to empty them, but I never felt confident doing it; the vet seemed to remove more substance than I ever did.

As time went on, her episodes became more and more frequent; I was told this is a normal pattern; we were emptying every ten days, and if I didn't do it that often, then she was soon sick with them; even had a couple of seizures from the pain (she is prone to seizures anyway.) She was on antibiotics once/month from October to January.....and finally had them removed two months ago.

I was reluctant to have the surgery done when she was young, since the anal area is heavily innervated; This means that recovery is painful, and if a nerve is cut, the dog can become incontinent for the rest of their lives. Wasn't willing to risk it.....until she became sick CONTINUALLY with them.

GOOD NEWS HOWEVER!! My vet was recently trained in a new procedure to remove anal glands which involves LESS cutting into the buttocks, thus faster recovery time, and less chance of complications!! It involves a special catheter inserted into the anal gland, which is then filled with air, making the anal glands easier to locate EXACTLY, and with a surgical assistant, can be gently pulled closer to the surface as the vet excises the area.

Maggie did GREAT with her surgery, and is pooping like a trooper now. BEST of all, no more illness and constant pain for her, and no more heartache for me. I wish you luck with the anal glands, but if you don't feel confident expressing them yourself, then make sure it's done regularly by a vet or a groomer. It will lessen your overall medical bills, as an infected gland is a nasty thing to deal with.

P.S. My vet allowed aspirin for pain relief following her gland expression sessions; occasionally she even needed prescription pain meds if they were really bad.
 

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Is the anal gland issuse a hound thing or does it happen with all dogs? I can't ever remember my parents' dogs having this done, but they were all mutts.
 

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Marley has had trouble with his from day 1. They irritate the heck outta him. When he was getting monthly shots, they would do it for me during the visit. Now that those shots stopped, I will have to pay almost as much for a full visit to just have them empty them. THe last time, they showed me how, and I will be brave enough to try it myself soon, if his gets bad again. I think as he has gotten a bit older, it bothers him less.
 

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oh but the terrible odor! Sometimes, when it's bothering him, he turns back to try likc and nip his butt. Then all I smell is fish. YACH!
 

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Originally Posted By: Marley's Mommyoh but the terrible odor! Sometimes, when it's bothering him, he turns back to try likc and nip his butt. Then all I smell is fish. YACH!
Ah yes! The smell. UCK.

It's best to express the glands once you notice the smell and his licking/nipping. That way, you'll avoid serious problems. Once they start giving clues like that, it's time to express.....I wish you luck....I know how scary it is to do it the first time.

One hint: Use one hand to pull his tail up tight. That brings the glands closer to the surface for better results. He won't like it, but don't give up. I did it in the bathtub, so I could clean Maggie's butt and my hands.

Hint two: Don't get your face too close.....that stuff is nasty when it gets on your face /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/animal18.gif
 

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I think it's a "dog issue" rather than a "hound issue" - but I've never had a dog with the problems my Chloe had. I wish I'd had the glands removed sooner - would have saved her a lot of pain from the abcesses. Chloe was on antibiotics and pain meds after her surgery and recuperated well. I think it bothered me at least as much as it bothered her! She did try to chew the stiches, so wound up in a "collar" - which we both hated.
 

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ok-I've read a little bit about anal glands but still not sure where/what are they...none of my other dogs have this that I have noticed. Sorry for being such a newbie /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cry.gif lol
 

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Originally Posted By: Marley's Mommy I will have to pay almost as much for a full visit to just have them empty them.
You should definitely check with your vet as to what they charge just to have the anal glands expressed. My vet has a separate charge for this. As long as the glands can be easily expressed, the vet techs can do this. Maggie had hers removed a few years ago and, for the many, many times I had to take her to have her glands expressed before her surgery, the vet had to do it as the stuff in her glands was a grayish/green paste. The techs were too gentle with Maggie to get it all out. It was the same fee whether the vet or the techs did it but it was a quick in and out with the techs.
 

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Vinny has been having his done about every 6-8 weeks for 2 years, however he appears to be growing out of it. Nothing in the last 2 months.

Miles, our Jack Russell/Min Pin Mix has had the problem only once.
 
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