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    Question Anal gland removal

    Hello,
    My vet has recommended that my 10 year old female bulldog have her right anal gland removed. After 2 courses of antibiotics and an incision to drain it, the infection is still there. My vet says the gland is hard and the size of a marble.
    I am wondering if anyone else has had this procedure done on their baby and if so, what was the outcome. Any specific questions I should ask my vet? Any tips or things I should take into consideration?
    Iím very nervous about the surgery given that everything I read indicates that it is a very delicate procedure, and that my baby girl is a senior pup.
    Thank you for any information you can provide.

    Oh, also... anyone have any awesome vet recommendations in the Tucson AZ area???

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    Only thing I can say is you definitely need a vet that’s done this surgery numerous times and not a newbie. I know of a couple dog owners their dogs still had infections and pain cause the glands weren’t completely removed properly as some bits were left....here’s a couple links that might help you out.

    https://wagwalking.com/treatment/anal-sacculectomy

    https://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/wh...urgery-in-dogs

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    I know several people who had this done to their pups, and it made a world of difference... my Wally had a horrible anal gland infection that ruptured, it was an absolute mess!!! Instead of the surgery, we just have his anals cleaned on a regular basis, but to this day he will still growl at his butt. It's SO weird... Lol

    My issue w/it is her age... is it really necessary to have this done on a 10 year old bulldog? IMO I would not do it... is there any other options besides the surgery?!!

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    Thank you for the links... I'll check them out.

    Yes, from everything I've read I need to be sure the vet has experience performing this particular procedure.

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    Yes, her age is my biggest concern as well. Actually, that's a lie.... there's so much about this that concerns me!!!

    Since the 2 rounds of antibiotics haven't helped the vet says this is the next step. Since the gland has grown in size since the last check a month ago and nothing can be expressed, it must mean that the gland has a tumor or is full of scar tissue so removal is the only option now. She said if the gland stays in the infection will not go away.

    The strangest thing about this whole thing to me is that up until now, she has never ever had issues with her anal glands. We never had to express them and she never had any infections... my other 2 bullies need regular expressing. I'm so torn about this whole thing....

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    Scottsdale, AZ If surgery is necessary, it is very important that your Vet. knows EBD's and their needs and aneasthia (sp) If you trust your Dr. and feel he will do the best for your baby. If it can not be drained, and she is in pain, it seems there is not choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMrsDevilDoc View Post
    Yes, her age is my biggest concern as well. Actually, that's a lie.... there's so much about this that concerns me!!!

    Since the 2 rounds of antibiotics haven't helped the vet says this is the next step. Since the gland has grown in size since the last check a month ago and nothing can be expressed, it must mean that the gland has a tumor or is full of scar tissue so removal is the only option now. She said if the gland stays in the infection will not go away.

    The strangest thing about this whole thing to me is that up until now, she has never ever had issues with her anal glands. We never had to express them and she never had any infections... my other 2 bullies need regular expressing. I'm so torn about this whole thing....
    OH GOSH... I'm so sorry!!! Sounds as if you have very little options, I'm going to tag some members to see if they can advice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMrsDevilDoc View Post
    Yes, her age is my biggest concern as well. Actually, that's a lie.... there's so much about this that concerns me!!!

    Since the 2 rounds of antibiotics haven't helped the vet says this is the next step. Since the gland has grown in size since the last check a month ago and nothing can be expressed, it must mean that the gland has a tumor or is full of scar tissue so removal is the only option now. She said if the gland stays in the infection will not go away.

    The strangest thing about this whole thing to me is that up until now, she has never ever had issues with her anal glands. We never had to express them and she never had any infections... my other 2 bullies need regular expressing. I'm so torn about this whole thing....
    UGH ---- I have no experience, but totally understand your hesitation. Sending your baby girl lots of positive thoughts and healing prayers. Please keep us posted on how everything turns out
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    Thank you.... we will certainly take ALL the prayers and positivity anyone can spare.
    I have put a call into my vet expressing my concerns and questions, and they were very kind and understanding. The woman I spoke with said she will have the vet call me to discuss anything I may have questions about. That made me feel better.... I donít want to be that insane pet parent but also donít want to be fearful to discuss these very real and valid concerns that I have.
    Thanks for listening my fellow bulldog parents, I really appreciate it.


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    We've done a couple...it's rare. We would only consider doing this on a dog that is otherwise in very good health...regardless of age. IMO, a big concern would be the formation of a perianal fistula. If the the infection is persistent, something needs to be done. If you trust your Vet, following his recommendation is advised.

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    She is very healthy otherwise, so I feel pretty good about that part. I have read about the fistulas you wrote about, thatís a concern for sure.

    I did call my veterinarianís office today and they had the doctor call me back. I had made a list of questions so that I wouldnít forget anything and she answered all of them. I expressed my concerns regarding Allyís age and breed, and she explained exactly how they will administer the anesthesia and that someone will be monitoring her constantly. She was very patient and reassuring and I cannot even express just how much peace I have now! I realize there are risks involved, but my mind is a lot more at ease right now.

    I havenít scheduled the surgery just yet, but will probably do so tomorrow. Thank you everyone....


    Love from Ally, Hank, and Charlotte!


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    Please keep us posted

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