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    Hey all!

    Long time, and back with a question. I'm looking to drain my bullies anal glands personally (probably said nobody ever.) I've got gloves, papertowels, and ready to do it in the tub before a bath. Seems pretty straightforward, my vet just cups the glands in the back and squeezes. Does anybody do this themselves, and have tricks, or concerns about hurting their bully?

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    @JeannieCO LOVES to do them... even wrote an article about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    I presume there is a level of sarcasm there! It's gross, but it beats the $30 (per dog, so X2) at the vet!

    Thanks in advance for the link, I'll have to give it a once over before I brave the stinky task.

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    I wish I could do them myself, but Wally would eat me alive… Lol

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    Ok. Jumping in here. Does every bulldog need this? I've never had this done on Charlotte... How do you know when it needs to be done?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Charlotte View Post
    Ok. Jumping in here. Does every bulldog need this? I've never had this done on Charlotte... How do you know when it needs to be done?


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    No... Only if they are not expressing the glands naturally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Charlotte View Post
    Ok. Jumping in here. Does every bulldog need this? I've never had this done on Charlotte... How do you know when it needs to be done?


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    My guy, I don't know if it needs to be done, but I know that he's started doing what I call the "boot scootin' boogie." When they drag their butts on the carpet, or randomly sit and scoot, then it's likely they need it done. It's an easy process, it just stiiiiiiinks like a fish market, and it doesn't wash off easy either. Another good sign that they may need their anal glands drained is random licking of the air.

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    I do my dogs. I can just walk in the house and smell it. It's usually Penny.
    My neighbor is a groomer, so between her and YouTube, I learned how to do it myself.
    I'm always well equipped - gloves, mask, wipes and a thorough soapy but clean afterwards.
    I started giving Penny something called "no scoot". It's just extra fiber and pumpkin. It's been a few weeks since I've had to do hers, so it may be working.
    The stench is something awful, but not intolerable.
    I also have 2, so I did t want to pay all of the time to have it done. She tolerates it well, and I give her really good treats afterwards. Lol
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    Wow--our vet is $16, but then we live in the back end of nowhere. So anyway, we had a friend with a beagle who had active gland problems (drained once a month) and the vet suggested carrots. Lots of carrots apparently minimize the activity and assist in the cleaning out back there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frith View Post
    Wow--our vet is $16, but then we live in the back end of nowhere. So anyway, we had a friend with a beagle who had active gland problems (drained once a month) and the vet suggested carrots. Lots of carrots apparently minimize the activity and assist in the cleaning out back there.
    Hmm carrots?!? I might try that! We always wipe them when they come back in from outside, that might be why we don't have a "scoot" issue. But I'm going to try carrots! Lol


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