Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Puppy Problems

When planning to add a puppy to your family, one tends to think about the play times in the garden, the walks, the affectionate licks- not the times when you're panicking about what to do with a poorly pup in the middle of the night with the local vets surgery well and truly closed. (We've already had this once, see here.)

Milo's been somewhat 'fun' for the past week or so. More aggressive than usual, very 'bitey', and very vocal. We were unsure as to whether this was normal puppy behaviour, a naughty phase, or whether something was well and truly wrong. If only puppies could talk! (actually, that would be quite creepy...)

The tell tale sign was a certain fishy aroma. We established that it was coming from Mr. Pup himself, and immediately gave him a bath, thinking he'd rolled in something whilst on a walk or playing in the garden. Alas, 24 hours later, the smell once again returned into our lives without permission.

*Stop reading here if you are of a nervous disposition!*

Thank goodness for the internet.

A quick Google search revealed this to be blocked anal glands. Another click led us to a YouTube video on how to manually clear them out, and this is posted below. Doing this regularly is really important to keeping your puppy clean and healthy. So in a corner of the garden, with lots of tissues and vinyl gloves, Nina and I managed to sort out the problem with lots of watery, tan-coloured fluid making a swift exit.


It was a lot simpler than we thought, and Milo was very thankful! No more licking his butt, no more biting, and a much happy mini schnauzer!

Blocked anal glands are more common among small breeds, like miniature schnauzers, and occur when not enough pressure is built up during toilet breaks. If the puppy's stools are too soft, there is not enough pressure to force the anal glands to automatically empty, requiring it to be done manually.

I hope this is helpful for other pup owners should you need to do it too. One important point worth pointing out, is that if the fluid is a funny colour, or if it contains blood, a trip to the vet is probably a good idea- they may require lancing or surgery.

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