Does anyone know if labs prone to anal gland problems? My lab was treated last week by the vet and again yesterday - both times they were full. Any advise?
I'm not sure if they are prone to them, but it is not unusual for a Lab to have food sensitivies and anal gland problems are often connected to diet.
What are you feeding your dog?
My older guy had to have his expressed weekly. It didn't matter what we did - food, exercise, what have you- we still had to take him in to the clinic and get it done every damn week. Maverick eventually had what is a fairly new surgery- and had them removed. It's pretty drastic, but having them expressed every week was expensive and time consuming.
Our situation was a bit extreme, though.
Originally Posted by gabbys mom
Saska had exactly the same problem she is only 18 months old and from 4 months we were at the vets every two weeks to have her anal glands expressed, the vet tried everything, change of food adding more fibre to her diet, in the end he advised us her anal glands were so deep set that we would always have trouble. (and it was costing us a fortune) We had them removed when she was 10 months old and have not looked back since it was the best thing to do in our situation.
We have a mixed collie/shepherd and she has problems. I started her on plain pumpkin about 3-4 years ago and have not had to take her in to have them expressed. She does have food allergies and eats Eagle Holistic with one large heaping tablespoon full of pumpkin each evening feeding. Make sure you get pumpkin ... not pumpkin pie mix.
Problems with anal glands aren't really a Lab thing. Most dogs might suffer from impacted anal glands a couple of times in their lifetime. Impacted anal glands are usually something you see in smaller breeds. Oona would have to have hers expressed every three weeks and all of a sudden the problem stopped. The only thing that changed was I stopped giving her dog biscuts as treats and substituted her dry dog food. Recently I got a little lacks and let people at the dog park give her treats. Last month after 2 years of being problem free she had to have her glands expressed. The vet thinks I'm crazy but I don't have any other explanation.
Quick question.. how do you know your dog needs his anal glands expressed?
Butt scooting across the floor, excessive licking of the anal region and a foul fishy smell. If your dog had anal gland problems, you wouldn't miss it -- trust me!how do you know your dog needs his anal glands expressed?
Boy I'll second that. Oona has never scooted and the last time she had to have them expressed her breath didn't stink, but she was licking herself as if she were digging a trench.Originally Posted by Trickster
I wouldn't say it's a lab thing but something every dog can experience. My lab went 2 years without this problem and then all of a sudden, I was going once a month. I changed his diet and my vet recommended that I get a fiber supplement and that has helped tremendously. I have to take him once in a while but my lab always seems to start walking again at the end of his poop so he never finishes pushing which keeps back the nasty fluid.
I use Fiber Choice chewable tabs for him in his food by the way.