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Leaking anal glands, Dog, vizsla. She's nearly a year old,

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Leaking anal glands
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Dog, vizsla.
JA: How long has the Vizsla had this gland issue?
Customer: She's nearly a year old, ever since I can rememeber
JA: Has she been pooping normally?
Customer: Yes. We've added bran to her food too
JA: What's the Vizsla's name?
Customer: Jasmine
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
She leaks of average 4 times a week. This week she has leaked every single day.
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 6 days ago.
Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear this, that must be difficult to live with.
Have her glands been assessed by a vet?
Are they typically impacted (full)?
Has she ever had them swabbed for infection?
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
They were internally expelled when she was very young and that's it. I have been expelling them externally since. Yes they seem to fill up very quickly
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
No she has never had them swabbed for infection
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 6 days ago.
Thank you for this.
While we can expel anal glands externally, we typically will only do this for cats and very small dogs (chihuahuas). This is because it is almost impossible to empty a bigger dogs glands in this way.
So, even though you have likely been getting fluid back when doing so, I suspect you have only been partially emptying them.
Most likely, they are now full and over flowing.. I would have them expelled at the vet and they can show you a good technique for expelling them internally. Or, if you'd rather not do this, it may be something you need to get done every 6-8 weeks.
Fibre etc. will help to prevent issues but when the glands are over flowing, we do need to empty them to get back to square one.
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Thank you that's very helpful.
Is this something to be worried about long term? I'm aware she's very young and I haven't met anyone else with the same issue
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 6 days ago.
No, not at all!
This is a really common issue, though generally more seen in smaller breeds.
It may mean emptying then every so often but otherrwise shouldn't cause any bother.
If left unemptied, the risk would be from potential infection and abscess formation.
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Thank you so much for your help!
Hopefully soon it won't be such a problem
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 6 days ago.
No worries at all. Anything else, just let me know.