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Impacted Anal Gland

Discussion in 'Senior Dobermans' started by Ingrid H, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Ingrid H

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    So Hans has had problems around his butt. He had a growth removed from close to his anus and now he's had what looked like really infected zits (2 of them) on the other side of his anus that he licked and made bleed. I was afraid it could be perianal fistulas, but the vet quickly determined that it was impacted anal glands and pulled some disgusting stuff out of his butt. Now he's on some really expensive antibiotics.

    The vet suggested adding some fiber to his diet such as pumpkin or bran to his food to keep his insides scraped out. I guess my question is if maybe bone might be even better in the form of raw chicken necks, wings, backs and ribs.
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  2. strykerdobe

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    How has his poops been?? Well formed, soft, diarrhea???

    Can try this supplement.
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  3. Ingrid H

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    His poops have been perfect- firm, well formed, well segmented (we count segments LOL usually 5-6)...
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  4. Kaiser2016

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    If it’s forming segments, doesn’t that mean it’s already firm enough, or perhaps even too dry?

    I’d go with the raw chicken if you’re already comfortable feeding that.

    Seeing that supplement gives me the idea that a homemade mixture of ground pumpkin seed and egg shells might also work
  5. Ingrid H

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    Yup, I'm good with raw chicken, but your other ideas are fantastic!
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  6. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Aww poor Hans! I don't really have any other suggestions but do keep us posted on how things are going.
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  7. Ingrid H

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    The antibiotics are doing wonders for him. He's got another appointment on Valentine's Day to look further into his butt and to clean his teeth. It looks like both of his upper canine teeth are cracked. He just recently stopped playing tug , so I suspected a dental issue. He may be in for some extractions as well.
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  8. Ddski5

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    How old is Hans?
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  9. Viemarangelrock

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    I’ve been following this thread, Ingrid. Delighted to hear that the antibiotics are working and that you’ve seen some positive results. Excellent!

    You’ve noticed his displeasure for playing tug, too. Dental pain, as we all know is very distressing. Sometimes extraction is the best treatment for them.
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  10. Ingrid H

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    He will be 10 next month, and his teeth are very worn from all of the marrow bones he has enjoyed through his life.
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  11. Ddski5

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    So if you had to do it over- would you still allow Hans to have at those marrow bones or would you significantly reduce the amount he had.

    Reason being is that Ragnar loves knee caps and femur bones. I give him one every two weeks. Sometimes with rain though my wife may give him more than that.

    Your thoughts?
  12. Antman408

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    May I suggest giving Ragnar a dehydrated beef trachea stuffed with ground beef and frozen?
  13. JanS

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    Della needs an extraction since I guess she has a lot of dentin worn away on one tooth. She's never really favored it but I noticed that her whole cheek was swollen one weekend when I came home from job training. I always thought Albert would be first for dental issues since her teeth are sparkling white and his get some buildup on them.
    I honestly think bones are supposed to be good for their teeth but I guess it depends on what they are and how they're prepared.
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  14. Ddski5

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    A dehydrated beef trachea stuffed with ground beef??

    Damn.... I am hungry Ant.

    Get the trachea from butcher shop at local Wal-mart? We don’t have free standing butcher shops around here. How long of a trachea to stuff 9”?
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  15. Antman408

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    I use these Bones & Chews Beef Trachea 6

    I stuff them and freeze for a week then serve. It’s messy though lol.
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