Boston Terrier Anal Gland Issues

by Matt
(South Dakota)

My Boston terrier is a little over a year old and he has this issue with his anal glands. When he sits on your lap or on the furniture and then gets up, there will be a little spot from his butt, and it reaks something awful. It doesn't happen all the time, some days are worse than others. It did get worse than normal, so we took him to a vet. The vet said that it was his anal glands and that it was an infection so he gave us antibiotics. Well, the antibiotics did not work, so the vet tried a different kind, that did not work, so we tried a different kind again, still did not work. My question is; has anybody else experienced this problem? What has worked for you? Is their anything we can do?

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Feb 21, 2013
anal gland issues
by: Anonymous


My BT had the exact same issues, and I know how frustrating it is because that smell does not come out (I had to throw away a couple of pillows). I took my BT to the vet, and she happened to have a BT so was very familiar with the dogs. I consider myself very lucky to have found her. So what she told us was that the anal glands are normally released when the dog poops, and since our BT was having very loose stool, that they weren't expressing. She gave us some options on how to help, but what worked for us was to find a good diet for her. BTs are prone to allergies and ours is no exception. The loose stools were a result of allergies to what she was eating. So we feed her Nature's Recipe lamb and rice because it has a good reputation with allergy prone dogs. And we threw away all her treats and started making our own. So simple. Just dehydrated sweet potatoes. Also, she had gained some weight since we moved into an apartment. So we have been trying to keep her exercised which also helps with regular and healthy bowel movements. I hope this helps!

Also, did you know you need to clean out the BT's tail? It gets gunk in there that can cause infections. I had no idea until I started going to this vet!

Feb 11, 2013
by: Alison

You definitely need to take your dog to a different vet asap. The vets did used to say to empty on a regular basis but university of pa animal hospital is now saying it is not good to do that. At this point that debate doesn't make a difference as if your dog doesn't get the correct treatment it could abscess. When it does this it actually punctures through skin/fur on each side and it is excruciating for dogs. You should start hot compresses at least 2 x per day. Dogs normally express anal glands themselves. Dogs that do not have firm stools to put pressure on the glands will impact. You need to add pumpkin to his diet to harden his stool and other fiber as well once you get a treatment that works.

Feb 10, 2013
Anal Glands....
by: Traci

First, FIRE that vet you took your BT to! Find a Vet that is familiar with the procedure of "draining or releasing or expressing the anal glands". Your poor little baby needs this done immediately. I have a 4 year old BT and I MUT have her's drained once a month. She is right on the money as far as appointments. About 4 weeks has worked wonderfully. Some must have less time in between visits ans some can go longer, but it is true that most all dogs have their glands regularly. Good Luck...... TLM

Feb 09, 2013
RE:reeking Anal Glands
by: Anonymous

My brother's dog had this problem. His gland(s) had to be drained by squeezing (no joke), before the antibiotics did any good, and it still re-occurs once in a while.

Feb 09, 2013
by: Chris

Impaction of the anal sacs occurs when the sacs fail to empty normally. It is most common in smaller breeds. Some of the common causes are soft stools, small anal sac openings, and overactive anal sacs. Secretions become thick and pasty. Anal sac impaction is treated by manual emptying. If the sac is infected it complicates things. It is recognized by the presence of blood or pus in the secretions, signs of anal pain, and scooting. Treatment for this condition usually includes emptying the anal sacs and instill an antibiotic preparation into the sacs through the duct openings. An antibiotic preparation such as Panolog, which comes in a tube with a small rounded tip at the end, can be used to pack the anal sacs. Insert the tip of the tube into the opening and squeeze. Repeat the packing process in two days. Administer a broad spectrum antibiotic by mouth (Chloromycetin or Tetracycline is what my vet book recommends)
You can also opt to have the sacs removed surgically.
Good luck!

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