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Old 07-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I think Snoops may have full anal glands.

I just got off the phone with the vet and we talked about his allergies clearing up - he had developed bumps near his chin/neck. Snoops has been taking Benadryl and antibiotics to clear up infected bumps (hives). I mentioned that he has developed intense licking and itching near his rear end. He has dragged his butt along the ground 2 or 3 times.. but it is very seldom. Just constant licking.

The vet mentioned that it may be full anal glands and to bring him in so she could check. Quite honestly tho, I'm not sure that I want to pay $75 for her to take a look at this.

Any tips on how I could do this myself? What should I look for? How do I know if they are impacted? Snoops apparently has them expressed whenever he goes to the groomers (and he has been there regularly)... but who knows if they actually do this, or if I just pay for the service out of the kindness of my pocket book.

I know this is a dirty job.. yeeeech! and not looking forward to it. But any advice is appreciated!!!
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(Also interested in this info.)
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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OMG!!! Ok.. I just You Tubed this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJStqOPCFdA

Perhaps, I will pay the $75 vet visit!!!
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hahaha! ok... now THIS is cute!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD5Gaf3uvXI
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The videos illustrates it perfectly. It really isn't that hard. If someone could show you how to do snoop's you'll save a lot of money since most dogs needs to have their glands expressed every 2 weeks.
I usually do Ponki's when she gets a bath.
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eww... i had no idea it squeeze out like that... like a pudding sandwich!

yikes.. ok.. i *might* give Snoops a bath tonight and try this out..
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Ok... you totally ruined pudding for me!

Good luck!
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Ewwwww.... I had chocolate pudding earlier.

I think you will be able to do it just fine. Of course if Snoops is feeling tender, he may not be real excited about you doing it. I can see doing it for good health maintenance would be easier. Worth a try though.
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Ok... you totally ruined pudding for me!

Good luck!
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is all i got..... hahah
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A groomer will do it for a lot less then your vet wants to charge. Just a FYI.
I would just do it myself though. Did it on my pitbull a few weeks back for the first time and it was actually pretty easy.
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