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Dog-discomfort after anal glands expressed?

February 29th, 2008, 11:03 AM
Hi everyone:

My dog went to a reputable groomer 2 days ago and had his anal glands expressed. Since then, he's been dragging his bum occasionally as though it's itchy. I've heard dogs do this if their glands need to be expressed but is this customary after having them done? This is my first visit to a groomer so I'm not sure what to expect. Is it customary for the discomfort to disappear after a few days?


February 29th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Normal anal gland expressing shouldn't cause an itchy bum. Maybe it was from the clipper? Did your dog have mats there? In any case, the key is not to let him drag his butt or lick it; it will only get worse and maybe irrated. You can try putting some cream on it, like Polysporin, that sometimes helps.