Surgery to remove anal glands?

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Author
  • #3284

    One more question: My friend has a year old spayed female Lakeland terrier who has problems with its anal glands. I guess they are bothering the dog a lot. Her vet has suggested that she have surgery to have them removed. She doesn’t want to do this because she has heard horror stories about this procedure. My friend ends up taking the dog in to have the glands cleaned…usually they have to be treated with an antibiotic. Are there any other solutions to this problem? Should she have this done to her dog? Can the dog become incontinent? Any other drawbacks?

    Thank you again.

    Joan Richter
    [email protected]

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    What is the dog’s diet? Does she have formed, or loose stools? It is important to understand that even normal anal glands can get filled up frequently. Under normal circumstances, the gland’s contents are emptied into the stool during a bowel movement. If the stool is loose, or the dog is overweight, or inactive, this normal emptying may not occur. If the glands are emptied artificially frequently, this can actually make the problem worse since her body is not performing its normal functions. When I am presented with a patient who is having the anal glands manually emptied frequently, my best advise is to wait, and let them empty on their own. If they don’t and the dog is very uncomfortable,or if they are starting to abscess, then obviously I empty and treat, but my next step is to add fiber to the dog’s food. This will often help the anals empty on their own. The risk of surgery involves the possibility of fecal incontinence post-operatively, and personally I wouldn’t want to take the risk in such a young dog unless there was no other choice.

    Dr. Jeff

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • The forum ‘Surgical Problems’ is closed to new topics and replies.
Do you have a sick animal?

If so take a moment and head over to Holistic Actions where you will:

Feel more confident making HOLISTIC MEDICAL DECISIONS

Focus on PREVENTION and avoid un-needed and expensive diagnostics and treatments

Enhance your pets QUALITY OF LIFE and HAPPINESS

You can now find Dr. Jeff at Holistic Actions!
I'm sending my prayers and best wishes to everyone throughout the world that has been affected by this historic pandemic. My hope is for a better balance of the world and greater empowerment for all as soon as possible. Here are 4 actions that can be used today to improve immune resistance to any virus or bacteria:

1. Go on a "sniff walk” with your pet and breathe fresh air deeply for at least 30 minutes/day.

2. Eat darkly colored fresh vegetables and fruit such as wild blueberries and kale.

3. Do at least 50 HA! breaths just say ha loudly) daily. These forceful expulsions of air help maintain good lung function and can help you detect respiratory problems early. Laughter, coughing and Kapalabhati breathing (from yoga) are three other easy ways to do this.

4. Experience positive emotions, like the sense of awe, when we witness the renewal of nature. Stay safe, Vital and healthy”

Holistic Actions! membership includes a free monthly 15 minute consultation to discuss your Holistic Medical Decision Making. To discuss other Holistic Actions!, and to learn more about the Vitality and Balance System which describes how they work on a molecular level, just register as a Gold member at www.holisticactions.com/membership and schedule time to talk.

Stay safe, Vital and healthy,

Dr. Jeff