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trixie5420
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posted 03-19-2004 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trixie5420     Edit/Delete Message
I have two small pups and I have noticed that every once in a while I see them rubbing their rear across the floor and I have read that this is a symptom of tapeworms. However I haven't notice any small rice like looking things around their rear or in their feces. Is it safe to deworm them anyway just in case they do have it?

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MonsterBailey
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posted 03-19-2004 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MonsterBailey     Edit/Delete Message
Hi trixie,
I, honestly, don't know the answer but I think you need to consult with your vet. It's always better to be safe than sorry and check with the professionals. A simple phone call with the question should be able to ease your mind.
We're just professional dog parents here hehe.....

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Samsintentions
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posted 03-19-2004 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Samsintentions     Edit/Delete Message
worming them shouldn't hurt. Just beware not to give them too much.

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sandangel
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posted 03-19-2004 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sandangel     Edit/Delete Message
Hi,
A couple of my dogs just seem to like doing the but dance. i have had them checked and vet says no worms. I think it is mostly my females that do this.

You really should worm your dogs once a month on a regular scheduale anyway.

DO NOT rely on the wormers you see in the store. they really are a waste of money. I suggest Drontal because it covers all the basic worm types including tape worms. The next best thing I found is heartgard which doesn't cover the tape worms. You can order these meds MUCH cheaper over the net .
I personally order mine from an Australian site that charges less then the american sites and doesn't make you have to have Vet prescription like the American sites. I get them in 2 days

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MyBabyShihPoo
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posted 03-19-2004 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MyBabyShihPoo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi there trixie~

Dogs "dragging" their rear ends across the floor (they are in a sitting position and scoot across the floor), is often a sign that he/she needs their anal glands squeezed. Yuck, I know, but if that indeed is the problem, it is very important to have done due to the fact that it will worsen if left untreated!

So, I would definitely recommend that you check to see if that is the problem or not! (One of my dogs was exhibiting the same behavior as your dog, so he just had his done, and I am glad to say that he is all better now! )

Have an excellent day!

[This message has been edited by MyBabyShihPoo (edited 03-19-2004).]

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peteroxy
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posted 03-19-2004 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for peteroxy     Edit/Delete Message
My dogs rub their lil tushes on the carpet (euww) and I thought it just meant it was itchy or dirty and typically then gave them a bath. If their gland needs to be squeezed, how do you do it? Also, how can you tell if it does? THANKS!

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puttin510
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posted 03-19-2004 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
The way to tell if they need (expressing) which is what the vets call it Squeezing sounds so bbbaaaaddd. Put a glove on if you are squeemish about that area and feel right about 4 o'clock and 8 o' clock if you feel bulges then it needs it. For the first time it would be best for a groomer or vet to show you how to do it. When you do the squeeze, do it in the tub, becasue they can squirt and cover it with a napkin, squeeze in then out sort of towards the anal area. Ask your vet to show you mine did.

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peteroxy
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posted 03-19-2004 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for peteroxy     Edit/Delete Message
im new to the anal expressing. is this something all dogs need to have done a few times a year? or are there some dogs who can go a lifetime without it?

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MyBabyShihPoo
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posted 03-19-2004 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MyBabyShihPoo     Edit/Delete Message
Peteroxy~

A dog scooting his/her rear across the floor is a very good indicator that their anal glands need to be expressed (meaning, squeezed). That behavior is how you know whether and when it needs to be done, and as Puttin mentioned, you can feel inside to see as well and confirm whether it needs to be done or not. This issue is not uncommon in small dogs, and is not as prevalent in large breed dogs (that is not to say though that it does not happen in larger breed dogs). When your dog's anal glands are full/plugged-up, the area often becomes itchy for the dog, thus leading them to exhibit the scooting behavior.

If this indeed is the issue you need to have the glands squeezed so they don't become infected or painful. The issue isn't a huge deal, BUT, when left untreated, THAT is when this issue becomes a bad problem!!!

Your veterinarian can, and should, be able perform the procedure. But, a lot of groomers also know how and will perform the procedure as well. (WARNING: make sure your groomer was formally taught by a professional how to do it. If done incorrectly, it can and will injure your dog.)

The procedure itself is very simple, fairly quick, and causes your dog no pain (no pain as long as it is not infected). Although, he may be a little squirmy during it since most dogs are not a big fan of people poking in that area...if you know what I mean! (Let me forewarn you, when having it done, it is VERY stinky! And, DON'T wear nice clothes if you plan on doing it, or being near the dog while having it done! )

Most vets and groomers will be willing to show you how to do it, but I chose not to learn how only because I don't trust myself doing it. I've seen it done and learned how, but I still leave it up to my groomer to do. But, if you are willing to learn how and wouldn't mind doing it, go for it (just be careful)!

Hope that helped explain it!

(Please do note that there are other more serious anal gland problems that require veterinary attention, but in most cases it isn't serious if it is what I mentioned above.)

[This message has been edited by MyBabyShihPoo (edited 03-19-2004).]

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MyBabyShihPoo
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posted 03-19-2004 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MyBabyShihPoo     Edit/Delete Message
I should have mentioned in my previous post that when a dog scoots his rear across the floor every once and a while, it does not necessarily mean his glands must be expressed (he may just be getting an itch). When the behavior is CONTINUOUS/PERSISTENT, that is when you usually know it needs to be done. Just wanted to clarify!

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posted 03-19-2004 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MyBabyShihPoo     Edit/Delete Message
Peteroxy~

I just saw your most recent post after I submitted my previous posts. To answer your question, I guess it depends on your dog. I would have him checked periodically to see whether he needs it or not (some dogs don't need it done at all). If he exhibits the scooting behavior on a consistent basis, then you may need to have the procedure done every so many weeks (I am not putting a specific number down because it depends on your dog's needs).

This is how I understand it, if I am wrong, somebody please correct me!

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peteroxy
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posted 03-19-2004 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for peteroxy     Edit/Delete Message
wow, you guys are a wonderful source of knowledge! thank you so much!! i'm glad you mentioned that it could be dangerous to do it on my own without prior knowledge. i was all ready to go home and begin pushing my dogs' butts :P

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MonsterBailey
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posted 03-19-2004 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MonsterBailey     Edit/Delete Message
Yup... I agree with all of this! And just as another note, we had similar issues in the very beginning. Bailey was about 5 months old (hadn't had his first groomer apptmt yet) and his ummm... "hiney?"... had already got infected. He cried something fierce when he was going potty one day (SCARED THE BEJESUS OUT OF MEEEEE! I thought he had swallowed a squeaky noise maker from a toy or something!! the sound was THAT high pitched! LOL).... well his poor hiney was soooo swollen and red (sort of like hemorrhoids)! I never drove so fast to the vet in all my life..... sure enough, he had to have his anal glands expressed and had an infection and all other fun things that I will omit! LOL...... the vet said that it was a little soon for him to have needed to be expressed already. He's been going to the groomer every month since then and she expresses them...... so never a problem since then.

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trixie5420
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posted 03-19-2004 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trixie5420     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you all very much for your help!!!!

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