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Old 06-28-2008, 07:48 PM
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Question How often do you clean your dog's Ears & Anal Glands

Yes I know weird to ask that in general dog chat but theirs no dog's hygiene section

Anyways, just wonder how often you have it done? Do you do it or have the vet do it?
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:58 PM
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So far never.
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:02 PM
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The Dobermans need their ears cleaned about once a month, and Winston had to have his glands expressed about a year ago, but not since. Dance hasn't needed either yet. I check her ears every time I trim them, but they're never dirty.
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I do Buster's ears every once in a while, he's pretty clean though.

Anal glands, never, havn't with any dog, actually hadn't even herd of it before the last few months.
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Ears about every month or two.
Anal glands..never.. :/
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I don't do anal glands as a routine. I learned the hard way when I caused an impaction on my last great dane and she had chronic troubles for the rest of her life.

IF the dog is having troubles, I'll express them as needed. If not, I let nature take it's course. To be a little graphic, Hannah's glands express themselves freely each time she has a bowel movement, as do most dogs'.

Ears are wiped out as needed. Both of my dogs are swimmers, so it's something I do keep an eye on.
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Do you just stick your finger up their butt or something?
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With Ollie , it's ears as needed . I've done glands in the past , but he's had no problems .
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I check Maddie's ears just about daily and clean as needed. I've never needed to clean Missy's, and neither have had to have their glands done. I keep an eye on them, though
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Do you just stick your finger up their butt or something?
some sites to learn about expressing anal
http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Dog_Anal_Glands

go here read what I paste

Expressing dog anal sacs

There are two methods for expressing a dog's anal glands.
http://www.raisingspot.com/health_ca...anal_gland.php
External expression
Hold your dog's tail up and gently pull it back toward his head with one hand. Put a tissue or paper towel in your other hand. Place your thumb and forefingers just below the anus at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions respectively. You should be able to feel the anal glands under the skin as pea- or bean-sized bumps. Press in firmly and squeeze your thumb and forefingers together over the glands to express them. You can visit the Dachshund Network website for tips on expressing dog anal glands or sacs.

Internal expression
Internal expression involves inserting a finger in your dog's anus and squeezing each gland between the thumb and finger. You should ask your veterinarian for specific instructions so you don't risk damaging the delicate tissues.

Whichever method you choose, make sure you receive adequate instruction from a professional. There's no substitute for hands-on learning, particularly when you're dealing with a sensitive part of your dog's anatomy.
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