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Anal Glands removal in dogs


Anyone please reply to my query ASAP.

I have a 5 years old Saint Bernard. Sometime he gets very aggressive and due to which he gets outa his senses.

I don't know whether he have intentionally or unintentionally bitten my mom's thumb. But sometimes while sleeping, he gets very aggressive when we enter our house and gets in an attacking position.

Day before yesterday when he bit my mom. My cousin called the vet and he suggested us to take him for mating or to go for glands removal.

My cousin took him for a surgery and got his glands removal without letting us know.

I don't know whether this will lower down his violent behavior and he will be OK or not.

Please help me I'm getting down with tension and its very critical time for me. I can't see my saint in pain and on the other side m worried about his aggressive behavior . :'(

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974371 tn?1424653129
Sorry, but this is a bit confusing.
Some dogs can have sleep aggression but that is more a scenario of a dog being disturbed when they are sleeping, not sure why he would be aggressive after he wakes up.  This sounds more like a behavioral issue.

I can't understand why your vet would suggest mating him or removing anal glands.  Dies he have problems with his anal glands?  That can be done but can have complications if a Vet doesn't do them often and "can" cause nerve damage not to mention it being painful.

Is there a reason he isn't neutered?  Neutering him may, over time, help to cut down on the aggression issues and would be healthier for him.

Have you ever done any training with him, even basic obedience?  Has he always been this way or is this new behavior?  Do you have other dogs?  How is he with other dogs and people in general?  Is he crate trained?

Sounds like there may be too many people involved here.

I suggest you wait for him to heal from this surgery and check into some behavior modification but everyone has to be on board and it will take time and patience.

Look up NILF dog training.

Good luck and please update.

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974371 tn?1424653129
Meant to add that if he has sleep aggression, it is not a good idea to touch the dog, grab his collar, etc.  make some noise and make sure he is awake before touching him.

Dealt with this with some of the Greyhounds we got in Rescue and a few I fostered.  I told everyone in the house not to touch them when they were asleep.  I would call their name, clap my hands, etc to make sure they were awake then call them off their bed instead of grabbing at them.
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I think the confusion is NOT Anal Glands, but reproductive glands such as being neutered...That's how I'm reading this.....Just confusion on the posters part I believe.....Yes, Neutering would be where to start.......Karla
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974371 tn?1424653129
I would hope so, just answering from the post. I don't know a Vet that would recommend anal gland removal for aggression.  If so, I'd be looking for another Vet.  
Hope he was neutered. Ah, the dog, not the Vet.  :-)
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Hi Guys,

Thank you so so much for getting back to me.

I was really unaware of "neutering" dogs. I didn't heard about it before as this is the first time I'm keeping a pet.

Actually, I'm away from home  from last few months and my sister just told me that saint has been taken for a surgery and thats some kind of glands removal.
But she also said that the vet mentioned that this kind of surgery is suggested for big dog breeds when they are 2-3 years old.

I've asked my family to ask the vet whether this surgery is neutering or its removal of anal glands.

One day he tried to escape from house and our servant caught him from the street :-(.
Whenever we come home we always call him with his name as louder we can. We never grab him while sleeping.

His previous behavior: He is so loving and starts playing with everyone. But after sometime of his playing,  he start jumping upon the person and it become unmanageable for us to carry his weight. We feel quiet scared while playing with him.

As per our vet, after this surgery there will be great change in his behavior. He won't  get over anyone and become quiet peaceful.

Although he  have started recovering, but I'm worried whether he will be active enough or not.

Thanks again...!!

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I just had a word with my cousin and he said its castration. I read about castration and it seems to be a useful thing.

I got to know that it will terminate his mounting behavior.

Can you put some light on castration ?

I'm feeling quiet relieved right now. But somewhere scared too.

Please keep in touch with me. I will let you know the changes we'll observe in him.

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He mentioned it as Castration but he also said its Gland removal ?
Is there anything related ?
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974371 tn?1424653129
Neutering will take care of hormones that may be leading to the aggression but do not expect changes overnight as they are still in his system.

Not sure what they mean by gland removal.

If you are not home, someone should try to take him to an Obedience class and reinforce the training at home.

Again, look up NILF ( nothing in life is free) training techniques.  I think that may be part of the problem.

Good luck
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974371 tn?1424653129
Also, when someone comes home, ignore him.  No talking, no eye contact until he settles down.  He does that, turn your back on him.  When he quiets down, then pet and praise.  Dogs learn much better with a reward system.  Well, most dogs. :-)
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