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    connor2577 is offline Member
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    DefaultAnal sac/gland

    So Dolce is having trouble expressing her anal sac naturally. The vet charges 15.00 to do it (and they're always really good to her), but that's every 2 weeks and I'm broke. I don't want to do it myself. I'd barf. We can't change her food up for more fiber or anything because of her food allergies. Any less expensive alternatives you'd suggest?
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    canUdigIt is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Anal sac/gland

    What is she allergic to? Does she get all day access to water?

    Have you ruled out an anal gland infection? What are her symptoms when she needs to have them expressed?

    I'd say leave them alone, let them get back to a normal routine and see where that gets you.

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    connor2577 is offline Member
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    DefaultRe: Anal sac/gland

    Quote Originally Posted by luvmydogz2much
    What is she allergic to? Does she get all day access to water?

    Have you ruled out an anal gland infection? What are her symptoms when she needs to have them expressed?

    I'd say leave them alone, let them get back to a normal routine and see where that gets you.
    Well, that's hard to say about the allergies without a full allergy test, which I've been told can be inconclusive at best. We've done food trial after food trial and all I can say is that this food is the only one she responds well to digestively and allergy-wise (Hills ID dry). She gets baby carrots for treats.

    She does have all day access to water. Her symptoms vary. This past time, she was very lethargic. She sat down quickly on the carpet (she never scoots, just sits abruptly). Once expressed, she's her energetic self again. I asked this question because it has been a recurring and expensive problem.
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    LiloBellaJasmine is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Anal sac/gland

    When we had Jasmine, we had to take her every few weeks to get her's expressed too.
    I tried everything under the sun and she still had issues. Some things you could try
    if you haven't already is Pumpkin is suppose to help, green beans, I would lay off the carrots
    they could be irretating to her. Also, someone had told me once so I'll share this with you-
    I'm not sure what kind of deterant you use but try switching to an free and clear. And
    fabric softener, I had to stop using dryer sheets. When I would use them, Jasmine would
    be horrible. I know it sounds crazy and your probably wondering what that has to do with
    her bum, but I saw a big difference in Jasmine when I stopped using dryer sheets. She
    was big time allergice to them and it would cause her bum problems.

    Hope some of this helps. Feel free to pm me if you ever have questions.
    Dawn from Eastlake, Ohio<br />

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    FLHunter3006 is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Anal sac/gland

    Ours is 14 months old and I've never had her glands cleaned... am I missing something? How can you tell when they need to be expressed? or do you just have it done regularly?
    She is kept inside the house...
    Thanks

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