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Old 02-08-2005, 02:30 PM
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Default Infected and Impacted Anal Glands

Infected and Impacted Anal Glands
A Newfoundland

It is my understanding that anal gland infections, and ruptures are not common in the larger breeds, and are seldom seen in puppies.
Over a three-day period a 5-month-old Newfoundland has displayed scooting/dragging of its bottom to a full rupture of one gland, and has inflection/swelling in the other.
A veterinarian has evaluated/ expressed the swollen gland and has given oral medication for the ruptured gland.

Newfoundland dogs are not a bare-bottomed breed, but have a thick and heavy undercoat that surrounds the rectum.
It is possible to trim the hair around the anus in order to eliminate retaining material that may add to an infection.
The structure of the glands, and tubes might be the dominant factor in their becoming impacted.
These thoughts are no more than theory, and a situation remains.
Regardless of being watchful and aware, will these glands continue to infect and rupture?

I have been told of the process of removing the glands, and it seems like the logical choice.
It is said that the surgery will many times cause a temporary lack of bowel control, and within a couple weeks post surgery the bathroom duties will return to normal, but some dogs continue to have a degree of difficulty in bowel control.

Please, I would like to hear for others who have experienced this surgery in order that I might make a more in formed decision.
Thank you,
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Old 02-08-2005, 03:08 PM
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Poor pup and poor you!

Thankfully, I've never had to deal with this problem, but I would suggest two things: if possible, contact the breeder you got your pup from and see if he/she has had any problems like this and what the treatment and outcome was; and second, it never hurts to get a second opinion from another vet. It is surgery you're thinking about, and you'd get a second opinion if it were for you or a family member. Another vet might have a less invasive, less risky way to deal with the problem.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:11 PM
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I can't give you any professional advice, but wanted to just post to say I hope everything works out for both you and your pup (poor baby). I can say that with my Cocker Spaniel and Westie, (and Lhasa Apso, that since passed)I do trim around their anus to keep it clear. But that's only because they can get ummm messy. I've never had a medical problem with them.

Give your pup a hug and yourself for me! I will be thinking of you and again, hope everything works out and goes smoothly
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