|Barked: Thu Mar 18, '10 8:13am PST |
|I'm not sure exactly how common anal gland issues are in Chihuahuas, but I have heard they are more prevalent in small breeds, not just Chi's. My story actually backs up what you've heard, but I would not consider it as a fact. I just look at it more as experience. I do know of large breed dogs that have anal gland issues as well. And I believe anal gland problems are genetic, so if you do decide to get a Chi be sure to ask tons of questions in that sense like if the parents have or ever had anal gland issues, or their parents and the like.
That being said, Butters has anal gland issues, and he needs to be expressed once every 3 weeks to a month...His last episode was about 3 weeks ago and the time before that was almost exactly a year prior. I'm not 100% sure if having his glands expressed will help "cure" him, because since this last episode, I am just now starting to have them regularly expressed. I have not had it done on a regular basis before. The vet actually showed me how to do it, so I express them on my own, but if you don't feel comfortable doing it, you can always have a vet or groomer do it. And I also want to say that if anyone has an already impacted gland, take the pup to the vet and not the groomer as it may be too late to just express and might require getting lanced and drained.
My other Chi (Scrappy) is about twice the size of Butters. He falls in the larger Chi catagory. He has NO problems whatsoever expressing his glands on his own. Any small bit of aggression (sadly he is one of the aggressive chi's out there), nervousness, excitedness, etc. and his glands automatically drain on their own. It's rather disgusting, but I have no worries of any issues with him.
I don't want you to use my story as proof to back up what you've heard, so I would definately recommend talking to a vet about it, or even doing your own research to see what you can come up with.
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