Thursday, May 31, 2007

Expressed anal glands.

Off on my holidays tomorrow which means our little Jack Russell / Lakeland crossbreed Terrier dog is off on his holidays too. He looks a lot like this and is staying with our friends who also have a dog of their own.

The last couple of days he has been scooting along the carpet which is a sympton of blocked anal glands. A lot of dogs suffer from this rather common complaint and the solution is to take your dog along to the vets where a gloved hand is inserted into your pet's bottom. The vet will then gently push these anal glands to express the fluid to refresh your pet from this discomfort. There is obviously a fee charged for this service.

What a surprise for me this morning when the vet tells me that yesterday she had seen a new notice detailing a change of policy within the Park Veterinary Group at Sanitorium Rd, Cardiff. If your dog needs it's anal glands expressed, nails clipped or stitches removed after treatment then you can see a veterinary nurse who will perform this service free of charge.

This is a marvelous change of policy and will save most pet owners a lot of money. It also means that the qualified vet can then concentrate on more profitable work.
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