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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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More anal gland problems...

My 10-year old Siamese suffers from anal gland impactions. I have been taking her every 3 months to have them expressed. Vet has to do it internally because secretion is so thick. I just took her in 2 weeks ago, but one of the sacs ruptured this weekend. Did the vet not get it cleaned out properly? Vet said maybe infection had already set it and took this long to come to surface. Vet said I may want to consider surgery. I am so torn. I think I will try taking her in every other month first and see what happens.

Vet said adding fiber may help some. Cat's stools seem very firm, so I don't know. She won't touch pumpkin. Is it safe to feed her Bran Buds cereal?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 10:26 PM
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Re: More anal gland problems...

My vet suggested bran flakes for constipation. I think your idea of adding fiber sounds like a good idea to me.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-09-2008, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Adding bran buds did not work. She won't touch it or any food I try adding it to.

Does anyone else here take their cat on a regular basis to get expressed? If so, how often?

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-09-2008, 09:24 AM
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Re: More anal gland problems...

My dog had the very same issue. We voted for surgery, because once the problem is removed, she would be 100% again.

Now, our dog ended up getting infected where they removed the glands and we were told it's because she was part shepard and apparently they are prone to this chronic condition... we had to let her go months after the surgery.

BUT, they say the surgery will fix it and you'll never have an issue again. I think if your babes has already ruptured one, I'd waste no time in getting her surgery. It's one of those "once it's done, it's done!" things, not a "once it's done it can come back" things.

Also, put her on STRONG antibiotics. Soon. And after the surgery!! Keep the infection at bay while she heals.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-09-2008, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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I just can't bring myself to choose surgery. I talked to a friend that took her dog for the surgery. She said the dog almost went into shock the day after from being in so much pain. She almost lost him. She said she would not do the surgery unless there is absolutely no other option. For now, I am going to take her in every 2 months (instead of 3 months) and hope that works. I wish I knew how often I should take her. Vet said they are all different.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-09-2008, 06:26 PM
 
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Re: More anal gland problems...

Jennie,
I think that much pain has to be an extremely abnormal reaction. My calico kitty of many years ago had a badly infected anal gland that had to be removed and she came home her normal self and showed absolutely no signs of distress. If you're worried you can ask the vet to prescribe pain medication if needed.
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