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    Quote Originally Posted by norealityhere;4058576;
    Ok. Here's a question for all the dog owners.

    I grew up with dogs, but have had cats for the past several years.
    A friend was telling me her dog was having problems with blood in her stool lately. She was about to go to vet and, since vet wouldn't allow her to put bill on a payment plan, she opted not to.
    Suddenly dog perked up and the stool was fine.
    I told her that when my cat had that problem, we had to take him in to express the glands. She said, "oh, I've been taking her in 1x a month to have her expressed. You have to do that with ALL dogs." The dog is about 9 or 10 and is a rescue dog. It's a small dog that's of mixed breed.
    I had more than 8 dogs when I was younger and we never had to do that.
    And, none of the dog owners I've known have had to do it, either.
    Anyone have experience with this?

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    I know I had dogs before who never had to have their anal glands expressed.
    And I have heard from various people that once they have been expressed, it will always have to be done, but once a month sounds excessive.
    If you take a dog for grooming, the expressing is generally part of the fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by echo226;4058668;
    I know I had dogs before who never had to have their anal glands expressed.
    And I have heard from various people that once they have been expressed, it will always have to be done, but once a month sounds excessive.
    If you take a dog for grooming, the expressing is generally part of the fun.

    My dog is groomed once a month, and his anal glands are expressed then. I would have them expressed monthly anyway, because a number of years ago, he had an anal gland that burst, which can happen even if you do have them expressed regularly. Once that happens, it's a good idea to have the glands checked monthly to make sure they're not getting impacted again, and so far, that has never happened again. If dogs have problems with impacted anal glands frequently, the glands can be removed, since they're basically unnecessary in domesticated dogs, though they once served a purpose in the wild, similar to the way skunks use their disgusting scent to get predators to back off.

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    norealityhere I would tell your friend she needs to call the Vet and asked what could be causing the bleeding. If its heavy or if the dog is vomiting too, the dog needs medical attention. The times that I have noticed it with my dogs, (trying not to be too graphic) is when they have an intestinal irriatation, caused by eating something they shouldn't or parasites.

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    THanks, guys, for your responses.
    Innthe garden,
    She did contact the vet about it on a couple of occasions and was watching the dog closely.
    I happen to think her vet is not one of the best out there, but she's been going to him for more than 20+ years and swears by him and his overpriced fees. She's also one who feels she knows everything about dogs.
    I just wondered about the frequent expressing of the glands. I realize that some dogs do need it, but she said that ALL dogs require it, and I've never known or had one that required it with that kind of regularity.
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    My husband is so awesome. We have wild cats that show up around our farm now and then. Today my husband heard a kitten meowing inside the wall of one of our sheds. So... he took a chainsaw and cut a hole in the wall and got the kitty out! I don't know how long it has been in there or where the mommy is, so we have it in the house now. She (or he, don't know which yet) drank a little milk and is now sleeping in a box on my table. I don't know if we'll be able to keep her or not, but for now I'm just going to try to keep her alive. I'm not sure how old the kitten is but she managed to get some milk in her. Maybe we can figure out where the momma cat is and see if she will take her back. That would probably be best, although I'm already in love!! Here are some pictures of her meeting Roxie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norealityhere;4058894;
    THanks, guys, for your responses.
    Innthe garden,
    She did contact the vet about it on a couple of occasions and was watching the dog closely.
    I happen to think her vet is not one of the best out there, but she's been going to him for more than 20+ years and swears by him and his overpriced fees. She's also one who feels she knows everything about dogs.
    I just wondered about the frequent expressing of the glands. I realize that some dogs do need it, but she said that ALL dogs require it, and I've never known or had one that required it with that kind of regularity.
    Prior to my dog bursting an anal gland--which can happen to any dog/cat; my dog had actually just been groomed and so did not have an impacted gland; it simply burst the way an appendix can burst--I'd never had a dog who had to have its anal glands expressed that regularly. It sounds like your neighbor could use a second opinion on her dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Bit;4058908;
    My husband is so awesome. We have wild cats that show up around our farm now and then. Today my husband heard a kitten meowing inside the wall of one of our sheds. So... he took a chainsaw and cut a hole in the wall and got the kitty out! I don't know how long it has been in there or where the mommy is, so we have it in the house now. She (or he, don't know which yet) drank a little milk and is now sleeping in a box on my table. I don't know if we'll be able to keep her or not, but for now I'm just going to try to keep her alive. I'm not sure how old the kitten is but she managed to get some milk in her. Maybe we can figure out where the momma cat is and see if she will take her back. That would probably be best, although I'm already in love!! Here are some pictures of her meeting Roxie.
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    THanks, Tilden, for the info.

    Lil Bit,
    Your hubby sounds like a super guy!
    Love the pic of Roxie with the kitten.
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    What an adorable kitty and a happy ending!

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    The kitten looks to be about 5 or 6 weeks old, so if you can't find the mom, it is plenty old enough to survive on its own. I've been told that milk can give a cat the runs. I give kittens bowls of water and kitten chow. I usually start by putting warm water in the bowl of food and nudging their nose down into it. They usually take right to it. Then I gradually decrease the water so it's just kitten chow. Show him/her where the litter box is several times a day. They don't have to be taught to use one, they just have to know where it is.
    Bless your husband's heart for doing what it took to save that baby.
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