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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) Is he currently on any flea/tick prevention? 2) Do you notice any scooting behavior on the carpet or in the back yard? 3) Any urinary or fecal incontinence?
Is he on any flea/tick prevention?Has he had his first groom yet?
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I can appreciate that. However, I need to get a good medical history on Barney before I can help either of you. We rely entirely on being able to "see" your pet through the computer through the history that you give to us. Because of this, we often do have a lot of questions about the pet before we can give you an idea of what you're looking at medically.Because you have Barney on flea tick prevention, we can rule out the risk of fleas. Because there is no incontinence, we can hopefully rule out a spinal issue. Which leaves us with the risk of the anal glands needing to be expressed because they're causing discomfort. If he has not been professionally groomed, they have not been professionally expressed. And he's scooted himself in the past, which tells us at one point they were bothering him.I would approach this by calling your vet's office and requesting that they express his anal glands. This is typically an out-patient visit and does not require an exam. Alternately, you can have him groomed and request that the groomer do this.
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The anal glands are two sacs located directly within the anal opening. They are essentially scent glands. Many breeds of dogs, primarily those that are smaller breeds of dogs, require regular expression of these glands. Without expression, they can become impacted, infected and abscessed. Cavaliers often have anal gland issues, so its possible that at 13 weeks he's already starting to show signs of needing them expressed. This is commonly performed with grooming, but if you opt to groom at home this still leaves the need for them to be done professionally.More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&aid=510Once you're satisfied with our dialogue, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me. Until this is done, the website will not compensate me for helping you.
JACustomer, how is your companion doing? Any chance to have the glands expressed to see how he feels?