ANAL SCENT GLANDS!
by Sue Humphreys
I have a pretty little JRT girl who is now 3 and half yrs old. She has had problems with her anal glands for about 2 and a half years on & off. She doesn't 'scrape' her bottom on carpets like most dogs, she makes a sudden dash, as if something has just bitten her on the bum, with tail tucked in very tight (she has normal long tail). She always appears to be in alot of discomfort. Trouble is, I take her to vets who express her glands, and its not always the case that they are full! Then a few days later she starts darting about again so we have to go back to vets only to find out she has infection & has to go on antibiotics! I've read that its not good to have this done all the time as it weakens the glands! I've asked about removing them & the vets say its a
very last resort. She's had all kinds of tests done when it all began & it was decided she had some sort of allergy & has been on hypoallergenic food since. Still, it continues to happen!! Has anyone got any help/advice please??? Or has anyones JRT had the same problem?