• My dog just had his anal glands expressed about a month ago and he's back to licking his behind again. I can tell it bothers him a lot . I don't know if expressing the glands every few weeks is ok, but is there anything I can give him to alieviate his discomfort? or maybe help with preventing it?

    Hi Yasmina,
    I recommend that you talk to your veterinarian about ways that you can prevent this. There can be a few different factors that cause the impacted anal glands. These include your pet’s breed, age, weight, and overall health. Your vet knows your pet and they can give you the best advice on this. As for treatment, in most cases it is okay to express anal glands every few weeks. Some pets may need it done more often than that. If there is inflammation or infection involved, your vet may recommend anti-inflammatories or antibiotics.

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