How often do you clean your dog's Ears & Anal Glands

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  1. MoonStr80

    MoonStr80 Obessed with Dogs

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    :rofl1: Yes I know weird to ask that in general dog chat but theirs no dog's hygiene section

    Anyways, just wonder how often you have it done? Do you do it or have the vet do it?
     
  2. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    So far never.
     
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    The Dobermans need their ears cleaned about once a month, and Winston had to have his glands expressed about a year ago, but not since. Dance hasn't needed either yet. I check her ears every time I trim them, but they're never dirty.
     
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    I do Buster's ears every once in a while, he's pretty clean though.

    Anal glands, never, havn't with any dog, actually hadn't even herd of it before the last few months.
     
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    Ears about every month or two.
    Anal glands..never.. :/
     
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    I don't do anal glands as a routine. I learned the hard way when I caused an impaction on my last great dane and she had chronic troubles for the rest of her life.

    IF the dog is having troubles, I'll express them as needed. If not, I let nature take it's course. To be a little graphic, Hannah's glands express themselves freely each time she has a bowel movement, as do most dogs'.

    Ears are wiped out as needed. Both of my dogs are swimmers, so it's something I do keep an eye on.
     
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    SmexyPibble Blow. Me. Away.

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    Do you just stick your finger up their butt or something?
     
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    With Ollie , it's ears as needed . I've done glands in the past , but he's had no problems .
     
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    I check Maddie's ears just about daily and clean as needed. I've never needed to clean Missy's, and neither have had to have their glands done. I keep an eye on them, though ;)
     
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    some sites to learn about expressing anal
    http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Dog_Anal_Glands

    :lol-sign: go here read what I paste

    Expressing dog anal sacs

    There are two methods for expressing a dog's anal glands.
    http://www.raisingspot.com/health_care/dog_anal_gland.php
    External expression
    Hold your dog's tail up and gently pull it back toward his head with one hand. Put a tissue or paper towel in your other hand. Place your thumb and forefingers just below the anus at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions respectively. You should be able to feel the anal glands under the skin as pea- or bean-sized bumps. Press in firmly and squeeze your thumb and forefingers together over the glands to express them. You can visit the Dachshund Network website for tips on expressing dog anal glands or sacs.

    Internal expression
    Internal expression involves inserting a finger in your dog's anus and squeezing each gland between the thumb and finger. You should ask your veterinarian for specific instructions so you don't risk damaging the delicate tissues.

    Whichever method you choose, make sure you receive adequate instruction from a professional. There's no substitute for hands-on learning, particularly when you're dealing with a sensitive part of your dog's anatomy.
     
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    I normally give Orson's ears a check every 4-6 weeks, sometimes a little more often, sometimes less. He is two and has never had an anal gland issue.

    Phoebe needs her ears checked/cleaned more often than Orson. She is more prone to ear infection so I try to keep an eye on that. She is about 9 years old, been with us about 8 years and never had an anal gland problem either.
     
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    vanillasugar just call me Nilly

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    Ears I check regularly, but hardly ever need to be cleaned (which surprised me at first since she's a drop-eared houndy dog). Anal glands I've never been concerned with.
     
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    Neither of my dogs have ear problems, so I don't mess with them. I do check them regularly, but that's it.

    I do their anal glands if they're scooting or licking. Maybe a couple times a year? Otherwise, I leave them alone.
     
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    Riot only needs his ears cleaned if hes been rolling in dirt - otherwise they never need attention.

    You should only express your dogs glands if they NEED it done AND if you know how to properly. Riot has only ever needed his done once when he was a puppy.

    Tyr and Princess get their ears cleaned - only if they have been rolling in dirty as well and neither need glands done.
     
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    Anal glands, never.
    Husky ears, never.
    Cricket's ears need cleaning every month or so, I'm finding. I've never had a drop-eared dog before. And he's always playing in mud and dirt.
     
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    anal glands as needed - never have expressed merlin, roofus, or murphy... but i have done blossom once and popper needs it several times a year at least. He's a stinkass.

    Ears I do every time I bathe them (at least once every two weeks, usually once a week). I also pluck roo's ears at least once every two months.
     
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    I do ears whenever they look dirty. Never done anal glands. My aunt takes her dog in, I think, monthly? to have her anal glands expressed and asks me every time she sees me if I've taken Rumor in yet. She seems to be under the impression that all dogs should be routinely taken to the vet to have them expressed. It always has me puzzled.
     
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    When Jazz was a puppy her ears were done when I changed her posts. I check every day since I play with them lots. I think I have actualy cleaned then twice since then. Emma has cronic ear infections so they are cleaned daily. Anal glands never. Anal glands should NEVER be done unless you are experianced. You can do ALOT of damage.
     
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    Wow, every month? :eek: Does her dog have a big issue with them, or did they just have one issue and now she tries the preemptive strike?

    I have been told that it should be done when needed or you will cause it to be a necessity/habit.
     
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    Victor's ears stay clean and since i started my blow dry treatment with Mary, so do hers. WE do that about 2 a week. Pepper has no ear issues and THanks to the heavens above, none have anal problems that i have to attend to either. They do get an all over wash once a week and i brush Victor's teeth.
     

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