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Has anyone had a dobie with infected anal glands my dobie is a year and 3 months and the vet put him on anabotic and still hasn't fixed the issue he said we could try and flush them but he said its only like a 50 50 chance it will work only other solution is to have them removed does anyone have any suggestions I really dont want to have to put him through that
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No experience with that - sorry, good luck to you. Hopefully someone else knows more and can help.

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My Standard Rat Terrier had his anal glands removed at around three years of age, after recurring abscesses. There are some possible negative outcomes of the surgery, such as fecal incontinence, but Lucky healed just fine, and lived to be nearly fourteen without any issues related to the surgery.
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DT just ate my post--let me try again.

Some breeds have lots of problems with anal glands in general Dobermans don't.

In nearly 60 years of Dobes I've only had two that had a problem with an impacted/infected anal gland.

For the first dog a single treatment was all that was needed. For the second dog it took two treatments. Neither had any further problems with anal glands.

And I've actually never even heard of a Dobe who needed to have the anal sac's removed because of repeated problems.

I'd probably have the flush and medicate done--but the thing is because of the type of tissue that forms the sac (and this is also true of prostate glands) oral antibiotics often don't work or don't work well--they simply aren't getting to the actual problem area. Flushing and medicating is much more effective. Or maybe getting a second opinion from another vet would be helpful.

In any case--good luck.

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The most common treatment if to express the gland, flush the sac with either just warm water or a weak chlorhexadine solution and then inject it with Panalog or something similar.
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Thanks alot will get a second look by another vet if he says the same will definitely try the flush
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One of ours had an impacted anal infection. We were giving him regular Bully treat bones and I attributed it to that. Maybe it was that and maybe not. But, I don't use them anymore.
The vet tried two different antibiotics, but they wouldn't touch it. A second vet said the infection was too deep for the antibiotics that were being given and had to do the flush and use
a syringe to get up deep inside. (Just what Dobebug said) It worked and I have never seen that in any of my dogs since...and I still blame the Bully sticks!

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My girl has over active gland, and had a nasty infection around 4 months old. Oral Antibiotics did nothing, but when they injected them with antibiotics it helped significantly, however she had to have it done twice. Being that this is a first time for your dog, I’d have the vet inject them and see what happens, you might have to do it twice like I did. Personally, I would not even consider having them removed, unless it was a last resort. You can also try a treat called no scoot, it won’t do anything for the infection but it could prevent it from happening in the future, dogs secrete anal gland fluid when the have a bowel movement, loose stool doesn’t put enough pressure to on the glands to empty them, nice from stools do, the no scoot treats have a lot of fiber in them to firm up their stool.
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Yeah... What CF said....

McCoy has never had any anal gland sac issues.

I attribute it to one thing: His first poop of the day is always like a solid log. Later they may get a bit softer, but totally normal.

As weird as this sounds I always watch for his anal sac discharge at the end of his intiital stool.

It's really obvious. Maybe a 1/4 teaspoon squirt. Never fails.

Fiber helps with tight firm stools. McCoy get 100% pure pumpkin everyday with his feedings.

My son who has owned Dobes his entire adult life teases me about my obsession with M'S poops. Still, I believe that it is one indicator of dogs general health.

Oh well...

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Yeah... What CF said....

McCoy has never had any anal gland sac issues.

I attribute it to one thing: His first poop of the day is always like a solid log. Later they may get a bit softer, but totally normal.

As weird as this sounds I always watch for his anal sac discharge at the end of his intiital stool.

It's really obvious. Maybe a 1/4 teaspoon squirt. Never fails.

Fiber helps with tight firm stools. McCoy get 100% pure pumpkin everyday with his feedings.

My son who has owned Dobes his entire adult life teases me about my obsession with M'S poops. Still, I believe that it is one indicator of dogs general health.

Oh well...

JMO

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Pumpkin is awesome! I always use that first when I have a dog with diarrhea, usually clears up in a day or two, saved me many vet trips.
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For the record--surgical removal of anal sac's is a last ditch (or should be) attempt to cure an ongoing problem. It's usually not even considered unless the dog has had repeated infections/impactions over a long period of time OR the vets can't get the problem to clear up with repeated flushing and medicating IN the sac. Or the sac's are so infected that they abscess and rupture.

It should never be considered as an early treatment (per vets that I know and what they tell owners of dogs who have chronic anal sac issues.

Dogs with chronic soft stools (and those who never have firm stools) are the most likely to have problems with anal sac infections/impactions. 4X4 is right about solid stools really helping in preventing problems in the first place.

Also recognizing the early signs of impacted anal glands so that the retained contents can be expressed. (Early signs--scooting, constant licking at or chewing around the anus and/or a smell around the rear end) Sometimes an impacted anal gland (cloggy, not emptying normally when pooping) is a one time problem and if taken care of promptly doesn't happen again.

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I had a Great Dane with this issue, the oral antibiotics never worked. Expressing them then injecting antibiotics per the instructions on the Great Dane Lady's page did work: https://www.greatdanelady.com/articl...d_problems.htm

After the infection was cleaned up, he had to get his glands expressed monthly for about a year then for some reason he was able to express his glands himself.
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