Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bad Bad Bubble Bath

My baby girl is about 24lbs. She totally looks twice that though because of her fluffy fur. But that is beside the point. So I guess about a year and a half ago when we were at the vet they expressed her anal glands (sorry- can I say that on a blog?). If you have never dealt with this, please consider yourself very lucky. It is not pleasant for anyone involved. This particular event was only maybe third time we had to have it done. This was also the event that resulted in me accidentally punching the vet in the eye. It was while I was trying to keep Sadie from squirming. I swear I am the most non violent person ever ever ever. But they now insist that I not be a part of the holding her down process. I guess I see why. But I feel a little like a gal with a record hanging over her head for life.

Once again, I digress. My point in all that rambling (because I am sure if you are even still reading you are thinking to yourself, what on earth is is she trying to tell me here?!) is to say that until yesterday we didn't have this procedure done very often at all. Three times in six years. But last time at the vet, which was exactly four months ago, they said that her glands were so bad that they were almost at the point of rupturing. I needed to come back every four months to get this taken care of. First, I felt horrible! My little Sadie Kate was on the verge of something terrible happening. My heart dropped to my knees. I felt guilt from here to the moon. Then I thought, ugh we have to do this four times a year now? The smell is so miserable (due in great part to whatever it is they use to clean her hiney after the process is finished) that I barely make it inside the house as I am gagging the whole car ride. So then it involves a bath. Which for many dogs might be simple. But my girl has long locks. They don't shed anything like a Lab's coat ..... except for the few days following a bubble bath. It loosens up her hair I guess and then requires LOTS of brushing. Which would be fine if she didn't hate being brushed. I could vacuum my house twice a day and it would still drive me batty. Clumps of fur everywhere.

So this brings us to yesterday. The four month mark. It was a zoo at the vet's office (hehehe- I crack myself up sometimes) for whatever reason so they just took her back without me. I was half expecting them to say that we could go six months before her next appointment. Oh no! I was told once again that her glands were on the verge of rupturing and that we now needed to be there again in just two months. It's not that I mind taking her or mind giving her a bath. She is soooo irresistible and adorable after a bubble bath! But I feel so bad for my little girl!! She hates the vet now because it's always full of scary bad things. And then she has to end her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day with a bath. Yet another thing she hates. And then the next day when she is dry, she gets brushed. My poor little girl just isn't cut out for such torture. She is really more of a princess and prefers a throne and a never-ending supply of belly rubs. And yes, I know I could have her groomed. But she would hate that even more so I just assume do it myself. And my services are free, albeit totally under-appreciated. Two months from now we have to do it all over again. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

On a happier note, my adorable monogrammed flip flops arrived the other day from Monogram Me. I love them! This is Her-Fluffiness trying to help me take a picture of them.




12 comments:

Breezy said...

We too have problems with our baby doggie's anal glands. He's a border collie and always has to have it done every couple months (I have no idea if it has to do with breed or what). I feel for you and the smell and the posh doggie/poor doggie mommy having to deal w/ a hurting baby. It stinks that they can't understand they'd be in such worse pain if you didn't have this done.

Cara said...

Sorry to hear about your baby. Izzie's just terrible with her nails so I feel your pain. She pooped on Manny and I the last time we tried to do it so now she goes to the vet to have it done and a bath. She hates that too. She gets lots of extra love on those days.

GrannySmithGreen said...

Your writing style cracks me up! Too cute, too funny! Love the reference to Alexander and the T,H,NG, VB, D. TOO CUTE!

M.A. said...

The flip flops look super cute! :)

Kate said...

I agree with Granny Smith Green-your writing is hilarious. I was laughing out loud at your descriptions. But I do feel awful for your pup :(

Legallyblondemel said...

Just discovered your blog through a series of other preppy blogs - cute!

I had a Sheltie growing up (I assume that's what your dog is from the photos) and had to post - aren't they wonderful dogs! I now have a Pug, who like many small dogs also has to do the dreaded Anal Gland Purge (it pains me just typing that) every 2 months or so. Traumatic for both owner and dog - although to be fair, I suppose the dog gets the worst end of it!

adozeneggs said...

Ooh, that doesn't sound good.
Is there anything they can give her to make her body produce less of whatever needs to be expressed?
Thankfully none of our pets have needed this,but I know someone who had to have it done to her male cat.
Maybe you should take her to a holistic or integrative vet and see what they say.

Lauren said...

Poor doggie!

A.D. said...

Poor pup! I worked at a vet clinic for a brief time and we had a dog come in with ruptured, INFECTED anal glands. Trust me...you do not ever want to have to deal with that. Imagine what you have to go through times 10. That is how bad it is. At least it is over, and you don't have to do it for a few months!

Buford Betty said...

Poor Sadie Kate. My parents have to do that with Bailey. Luckily, none of our three have had issues with that (yet).

CRICKET said...

I am sorry about Sadie and her anal glands. Our bulldog Willow is on antibiotics right now as hers ruptured about 10 days ago. We have been battling this ever since a vet recommended new dog food about 3 years. It could have been a coicidence (sp?) but I wonder...We go every 3 months but with the summer in escaped us and thus the rupture.

Dawn said...

I know how expensive a vet visit can be $$$$!! I wonder out loud if it would be less expensive to visit a good groomer that will include the anal gland expression along with a bath and blow out? On another note - the raw food diet for dogs is really picking up steam now - might be worth looking into? Good luck!

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