My two previous dogs NEVER had to have this done. However, the young un, Toffee, needs it done often, like maybe more than once a month. She is already fearful of the vet because they do this whenever we go in. I would like to be able to convince her the vet only helps but I fear it won't happen. The vet said some dogs need it done all the time and some don't. So good luck with that.
I worked for a vet and if you'd rather not pay $15 you can do it yourself. Preferably while bathing the dog. It is very simple albeit stinky. Some dogs need the expression help monthly and some never. If they get too "full" they can cuse vomiting, infection and impaction.
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try changing the diet, preferably to raw. The kind of poop "regular" high grain high fiber dog food produces is much softer than the hard "bone" poops raw-fed dogs make, and the hard poops naturally express the anal glands so you don't get butt-scooting or have to deal with expressing them manually. In most dogs. Some dogs have health problems that diet won't change.
Butt-scooting isn't normal and should trigger a vet visit.
I could definitely try the bran, although he's on a diet right now. He needs to lose a few more pounds (we got him as a 12 pound chihuahua), and I don't want to add more calories until he's closer to 8 pounds. I'll go check that other thread again. I think it said small amounts of bran would do the trick.
I get up close and personal with his poop all the time, so I don't think it's worms.
Check for worms, then anal glands, then diet change. My son's dog needed his anal glands expressed at least once a month until he changed his diet to Blue buffalo...which coincidentally fixed some of his allergy type skin problems.
BTW...the jokes on the vet who charges $15 for anal glands. I'd pay twice that amount and consider it a bargain
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