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21 November 2009 @ 09:41 pm
anal glands  
Petey has been chewing his back/tail area for a week or so, he had them squeezed about 3 weeks ago, so we never really thought it was his anal sacs, just allergies. But we took him to the vet today and she said he needs to have his anal sacs surgically removed. She recommended doing this and having him fixed in one surgery. Has anyone's boston ever had to have this surgery?? Did it fix the problem? Are there any other problems after? He's pitiful, but he does seem to feel better after she emptied the glands today. He'll have to wear an E-collar after the surgery, and that's just pitiful! Thanks in advance!
I am feeling: hopefulhopeful
lucy_chronicles: pug comiclucy_chronicles on November 22nd, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
we cut entirely too much in this western society. the sacs are there for a reason. you need to purify his food, raw and give him some supplements, keep the area clean and express the anal glands more.

if you're not going to breed him, sure neuter the little bugger. the rest is overkill and i've heard of more problems of cysts, things that build up in place of where/what the anal glands were supposed to do.

classikgrl73 on November 22nd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
One of our bostons has this issue, we were offered surgery or the option of just having the glands expressed 4 times a year and keeping an eye on things. I personally hesitate to have a dog go through unnecessary surgery....
Glorious kind and always on timeuberjackalope on November 22nd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Do some googling on the anal sac removal surgery. I believe it's usually only done as a last resort if the glands become infected and there are no other treatment options. Apparently it's not an easy surgery to do because there are a lot of other important anatomical features in the same area! We have to get our Boston's anals expressed every other month or so, but our vet has never recommended the surgery. I'd do more research and possibly get another opinion before consenting. Hope your baby feels better!
just another daynympha on November 23rd, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hi. I agree with the others not to have an unnecessary surgery. Did she give a reason why they are to be removed? My dog's empty at random times either on us or the couch and we got him a blanket to lay on so everything is protected.