Anal Glands....yep, who remembers to check their dogs regularly and more to the point, who physically empties them?
This is something I tend to do when I groom my dogs as I'll do it when they are in the bath/shower (due to the smell obviously it can be washed away), but during the recent time I have been unavailable, I have forgotten to check my dogs :(
Last night I had to make a trip to the vets with my smallest baby, one of her anal glands had become engorged and absessed - painful!!!!! The poor thing had to endure the absessed gland being lanced so that the yukky fluid could be drained and flushed. She is now on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. A check up at the vets on Sunday to see how she is getting on and pay the bill.
On this occasion I have not been worried about the cost side of it as much as I feel so guilty that I have forgotten to check anal glands and my poor baby had ended up this way - GUTTED!
Please could I urge you all to check and empty your dogs glands, if you can't do this yourself then please ask a qualified groomer or your vet.
If you feel confident enough to try, check out this website for full instructions and info: http://www.dfordog.co.uk/didyouknow_anal_glands.htm
Donations of any of the above type items are gratefully appreciated, even dog kennels if you are looking to rehome an old one that is not in use.
As the rescue has expanded, requests for rehoming are coming in. All of the above items really do help when donated, it doesn't need to be a monetary donation. If you have old leads that are still useable and too good to throw away, please send them this way.
If you have any items you would like to donate, then please contact us and we will let you know if we are in the area to collect or if there is a 'drop off' point near you. Many thanks.
Winter is here now and I like to spare a thought for the feral and other outdoor cats and wild animals. If you have any shelter in your gardens, please consider placing old blankets down so animals can shelter and keep warm.