Expressing your Poodle’s Glands Yourself
You should understand what you are getting into if you choose to do this yourself! Anyone who is squeamish should not do this. Also, the odor can be extremely overwhelming and the process is usually very messy. Still ready to do this? Okay!
You will want to place your Poodle in the bathtub to express the glands. As if “popping a pimple”, you will want to put a finger on each side of the sac. You then will press upwards and inwards towards the rectum. If you do not see the fluid come out, you will then want to have your Poodle’s vet or groomer take care of this. If you want to learn the exact technique, the vet or groomer should be able to show you how they perform this action and then you may wish to try on your own again.
Having Your Vet or Dog Groomer Do This
Many owners choose to have their Poodle’s vet or groomer do this procedure; there is no shame is saying that you do not prefer to do this or that you are not able to do this. If the glands have not been expressed in quite a while and this has gotten to the point of the fluid turning into more of a solid (referred to as 'impacted'), you must have the veterinarian handle this.
To fix impacted anal glands, the vet may need to give a dog a sedative medication. A catheter will be put into the duct of the gland. The vet will then slowly inject water into the gland until the secretion is removed. Most veterinarians will then inject an antibiotic ointment into the glands to protect against any possible bacterial infection.
Treatment of infection due to torn skin if the sacs have broken will include cleaning them with an antiseptic solution. The vet will usually flush this solution into the gland each day or every other day until it has healed. This is the best treatment method, as the dog’s gland must be allowed to heal from the inside first. Do take note that this can quickly mount into rather pricey vet bills; therefore it is best to make sure that your dog has his/her glands expressed regularly so that this more serious issue does not happen.
When Surgery is Necessary
There are instances in which a Poodle may need surgery for this issue. Some dogs tend to have very frequent problems. If so, it is usually recommended for the anal glands to be surgically removed. After all, they do not serve a critical purpose in a dog’s body and removal will eliminate any future issues. For this type of canine surgery, a Poodle will be given a general anesthetic. The glands will be removed and stitches will hold the area closed until they heal, about 2 to 3 weeks later.
Unless the anal glands are surgically removed, you cannot stop them from filling with fluid. You can, however, make sure that they do not fill to the point of becoming a problem. Check the glands at least each month to see if they have grown enough to be visible. It is best to do this while you are bathing your Poodle
. You can also have your dog’s vet or the dog groomer check the glands at each visit. Many dog groomers express the sacs as part of the normal dog grooming process.