by boomboom on 06 March 2012 - 22:03
My GSD Ahrtos who will turn two years old tomorrow (HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY) has been having a ongoing problem for the past 3 months with his sacs becoming infected.
After expressing his sacs and finding blood in the fluid the vet puts him on cipro.
After the regiment of antibiotics is finished and the infection is cleared up he is fine for the next few weeks with the infection returning once again. Other than this issue he is a very healthy active dog.
Any suggestions for helping to prevent this would be greatly appreciated.
by GinaBel on 06 March 2012 - 23:03
by Skippy on 06 March 2012 - 23:03
Make sure your feeding produces hard firm stools, then there will not be the anal gland problems,because correct stools empty naturally the glands each time a motion is passed.
In other words if the feeding regime is correct then anal gland problems do not normally occur
by TingiesandTails on 07 March 2012 - 00:03
I would stay away from any bones, ground bones or other food that causes your dog constipation or is otherwise more difficult to digest.
by Barenfell on 07 March 2012 - 00:03
by oregontnt2007 on 07 March 2012 - 01:03
Mucopolysaccharidosis VII (MPS VII)
If not (?) maybe you need to find another vet to help you find out what is really is? Change food like others have also claimed?
I wish you well with your dog :)
this is just a shot in the dark no need to have anybody get all silly on me with this one...
by Betta Wolf on 07 March 2012 - 03:03
Raw Feed = Problem Solved!!
Species Specific Diet = Daaaaaaaaaa
by Skippy on 07 March 2012 - 12:03
Betta Wolf in total agreement,feeding raw as you say problem solved!!!
by Zulenza on 07 March 2012 - 13:03
The choices given to me after having exhausted nutritional changes were 1) removal of the glands or 2) medicating with
cyclosporine(an immunosuppressant drug)..Of course there were drawbacks to both choices...surgery is risky because one wrong mov can leave the dog fecally incontinent(although I am not sure how much this happens..) Use of immuno supp drugs was not something that appealed to me either due to possible long term complications...Ultimately I chose the surgery, but opted to go with a top notch surgeon who has done very complex soft tissue surgeries successfully for years..It's a painful recovery from this surgery, but I am happy to report that my guy recovered successfully and there were no more issues...The big problem with chronic anal sac issues is that they can lead to the development of perianal fistulae--which are tracts which open through the skin near the anus, and provide drainage from the chronically infected area...my guy was beginning to develop the start of these tracts, and these fistulae can become infected as well, and cause even more difficulties..Also beware of rupture of the anal sac...
Just wanted to tell my experience..I tried every non-invasive method to get this under control--but ultimately chose the surgery..Even directly instilling the sacs did not help..everyone makes his/her own decision depending upon how they view the options, and I am certainly no expert...Hope this helps...if you have any questions please feel free to email me at RockSD717@aol.com..
Good Luck! I hope things improve!!!!!
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