Wormed all the adult dogs yesterday, we worm all adult dogs every 3 months. Have used Cestem for the first time, as normally use Drontal, but sourced this from Vet Medic on the internet & asked my vet about it & the price, she looked it up & said it is the same as Drontal & said they could not beat the price & she suggested I should get it from them. Nice to have a vet that is helpful & makes you feel they care about your pets & you. I feel I have a good relationship with my vets surgery & they realise that as a breeder I am trying to do the best for my dogs & they know that they are my pets not just for breeding, so I think this does make them go the extra mile finding out about clinics etc for me, when I am trying to find out about improving the health of my dogs. Your vet should not be looked at as someone who makes you part with your cash, but a valuable member of a team who are going to keep your dog healthy, happy & hopefully around well into old age..
Today did my check of all their Anal glands. Not the best job in the world but one that needs to be done. My Cavaliers due to to them having a good diet & plenty of exercise tend not to suffer to much with their anal glands filling, but they still need to be checked regularily. I check about every 3 months & empty their glands myself, unless you have been shown how to do this it is best left to your vet or if you use a grooming parlour for your dog they will probably be able to do it if asked.
Dogs have two anal glands situated on each side of the anus. The glands contain a strong smelling liquid which is unique to each dog, like a thumb print to a human. It is meant for marking their territory or when frightened & to identify each other with, it is one of the reasons you see dogs greeting each other by smelling each others rears.
The glands if working okay release a little greyish or brown fluid through tiny openings whenever they poo. They then are refilled daily. When the dogs poo is not firm enough then not enough pressure is exerted to empty the gland. When this happens, the fluid will start to accumulate in the glands & eventually they will be overfull & impacted & making the anal area itchy & sore, also you may notice a foul smell around their rear & if they also have been dragging their rear on the floor more frequently after having a poo & licking & biting at their rear, they probably have a problem with their anal glands.
The way to keep problems at a minimum with anal glands is to feed a good quality dog food, not to give to many table scraps that can make their poo loose & keep your pet fit as exercise will keep anal muscles tight to exert enough pressure to empty glands & movement while exercising will help keep their bowels moving so they go toilet regularily which will help empty the glands as well.
As your dog gets to old age exercise may not be so vigourious & muscles will be weaker, so now is when you will have to keep a tight eye on this problem occurring, as this condition can make a dogs life very miserable if allowed to get to a stage were the glands become ulcerated & is such a simple procedure to squeeze & drain them, but if they are not kept checked & are allowed to become very badly ulcerated you could end up with surgery to remove them & a big vet bill.
Took this photo of Smudge a couple nights ago. This is the pup we are keeping of Millie's litter. I think she likes her comfort toys. She is a bit of a character already & is so funny to watch her trying to keep up with the older dogs. Sweet dreams.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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