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Hi all, I need some sound advice. Our Dug is an almost 12 yr. old male basset with chronic anal gland infections. He is sedated every 3-4 weeks and both glands are expressed, packed and medicated. This has been ongoing for about a year now. My vet recommends removal of the anal glands but Dug is so old. He is taking carprofen for joint pain and trazodone for anxiety (has been for 4 yrs. now). He has a few goiters the largest on his neck the size of a baseball. He is definitely slowing down and can only walk once around the block lately. At this point in his life do I have him go through this surgery? Do I pay to have this done? My love for Dug is clouding my judgment here. Help.
 

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If you can avoid having this done, do. It's a nasty surgery. I had this done with my first Basset after his AGs started to cause problems. And believe me, going through the recovery made me wish I'd left well alone. I had another, many years on, who started having continual problems back there. His were packed but it was ongoing to the point I was actually having to consider having them removed. For some reason however, all that stopped, so he narrowly avoided the need for this. Maybe my then vet just found the right antibiotic to pack the glands with!! I would just caution you re continually messing around back there. It can take some weeks for the area to settle down so having them manually drained every 3 - 4 weeks could be making things worse, not better.

If you want my opinion, at 12 years old and with his other problems, I would NOT put him through AG removal surgery. My boy was still young when he had the surgery but it was still nasty.

I'd look to his diet because it's normally only when what's coming through causes probllems which is causing the glands not to work as they should, expelling a bit with the passing of every stool,

I would say my last Basset who was a big boy in every respect, had glands which were, according to my vets, set quite far back, to the point that I couldn't mannually drain them (I never went in to do this, but could usually drain them by pushing from the outside, if necessary). That meant that all too often the stool wasn't pressing enough on the glands for them to work as they should.
 

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Check with a groomer for more frequent expression before they become so engouraged and infected. They may or maynot be able to work around his anxiety but if they can you can avoid the sedation perhaps.
 

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My old basset Murray had chronic anal gland problems and the vet wanted to remove them...someone on this forum recommended adding a spoon of canned pumpkin to his food with every meal to increase fiber..this worked. His anal glands stopped bothering him. I have posted this a few times because it worked for us...can't guarantee it will work for you, but it might be worth a try. (get plain canned pumpkin, no flavoring added).
 
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