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Sleep interruptus

Posted by laurie on January 24, 2012

This might be kind of gross if you’re reading it before your morning coffee, you are warned. The other night I must have woken up half a dozen times to the smell of anal glands not too far from my face. I am a very sound sleeper and it’s not as though I happened to wake up and, oh, that stinks! No, the smell is what woke me up, I’m quite sure of it. In addition to this unpleasantness, when we tried to move Stanley away from the head of the bed, he growled rather fiercely. He’s all bark and no bite but the growling is getting a little out of hand and will not be tolerated anymore. So Stan, if you growl, you’re OFF the bed. And please take your anal glands along with you.

33 Responses to “Sleep interruptus”

  1. Buddy' s mom in NJ said

    I caught my Buddy Boy- doing the Butt Scoot Boogie across the carpet. Yup – the Vet said that he needed his anal glads cleaned. This is the second time since we adopted him this year that the Vet has had to ” express” them. The Vet said that Beagles are pron to have this condition. Does any one else have this problem ? Vet said that he needs more fiber in his diet. ( I feed Buddy a combination of both dry and canned Wellness brand food ) Vet suggested giving him a either a teaspoon of Metamucil mixed in with his food, or a Tablespoon of canned pumpkin ( not pumpkin pie filling) and it will add fiber to his diet which is said to help the gland problem. Does anyone else have this problem with their beagle and have you found anything to help ?
    I just started with the pumpkin – so guess I have to wait a few months to see if it has any effect. Any advice out there for me ? Thanks – Audrey

    • Nancy J said

      you won’t need months to see the affect. You’ll see it soon. Their poop should be firmer with the pumpkin. It gives them bulk–as would the metamucil. We give our beagles pumpkin daily. It has reduced the problems. Bake them treats with pumpkin in it. They love it.

    • Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

      Agree with Nancy. You’ll see a diff in a few days. Bailey normally eats anything and he’s been eating green beans for years, but his digestive system got too used to them. We switched to Metamucil per the vet a couple of weeks ago. It started working the next day. If yours likes pumpkin, try it first. I am pretty sure its cheaper than Metamucil!

      • Buddy' s mom in NJ said

        Thanks for the info. Buddy loves the pumpkin. I mix one tablespoon in with his food, and put a tiny dollop on top. He is so cute and takes tiny licks of it – like he is eating an ice cream cone. Then he cleans up the whole dish. I hope that his body does not get use to it. I like using the pumpkin instead of Metamucil. I was able to purchase three big cans of it at Sams Club and it was very inexpensive. My golden use to eat all kinds of veggies and loved tomatoes – he use to sneak in to my garden and eat the ripest juiciest ones. Buddy turns up his nose at a lot of things. For a beagle he is a picky eater. I’ll see if the pumpkin is working in a few months, if I don’t have to take him back to the vet. Never had this problem with my golden retriever. But then again – Buddy is a much cuter lap dog ! Thanks again. It is nice to know that I am not alone in this. Audrey

    • ChristyACB said

      Yep..Gigi has had it since we got her. I usually had to have it done 4 or 5 times a year before we changed her diet. We still have it done once or twice a year even after doing all the vet recommends. Some dogs just have it. We use a bit of canned pumpkin in their breakfast and a bit of Wellactin oil in the dinner. The combination seems to really make the difference.

  2. Karen S. said

    That wasn’t so yucky after all. A dog comes with 2 ends, that’s part of the bargain.

    Sometimes I think I should have named my dogs Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (after the gas giants).

    btw, your snowy backyard looks pretty.

  3. Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

    Anal glands are part of the Beagle package. 🙂 I commend you for getting Stan off the bed if he growls again. As much as we want them there, they need to be reminded of their place in the pack.

  4. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    I don’t think it can be any worse than Cody’s farts. I’m sure Luana will respond to this one.

    • Karen S. said

      Maybe at the next beaglefest we should hold a fart-off.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Henry’s anal glands seem to need attention often. I can always tell when he scoots across the floor and, as mentioned by Laurie and others, by THE SMELL! I took him to the vet to have “the squeeze” done a few months ago, and to my surprise, a couple of weeks later he was already scooting again! I mentioned this to a friend who has dogs and she showed me how to squeeze from the outside and get a lot of the fluid out. Since then she’s done it for Henry about 3 times, but he still smells and scoots. I took him to the vet again two weeks ago, and she said there was a lot of fluid in the sacs. Since the vet cleaned him out he’s had no more smelling or scooting (so far!)

      I like Karen’s comment about a beagle “fart off.” I’m sure Cody would win hands down. Remember the story I told at Christmas when they had pics taken with Santa? I’m surprised Santa’s face isn’t green on the picture!

  5. ChristyACB said

    Karen put it really well….they come with 2 ends and it’s just our luck that the front end is just so darling that it makes up for the back end. 🙂

    As to the glands…Gigi is the only one I’ve ever had who had issues with them. Hers don’t smell until it is time to go to the vet to get them expressed. She then stinks and licks a bit and off we go.

    Your yard looks so wonderful and wintry. ::sigh:: My dogs would love a good snow.

    And good congrats to you taking control of the bed issue. I know I tend to overlook a good many behaviors in order to keep them “Happy” but I also know I shouldn’t. Bed hogging is one of them. Good luck and let us know how it works out.

    That’s one thing I don’t tolerate…growling.

    • Susan in DE said

      Well, sometimes the front end is kind of stinky, too. There’s the cat box and other unpleasant snacking habits … And poor Jordan with his kidney failure has “uremic breath.” Yup, what it sounds like … a urinal (Kidneys can’t process all of the toxins, so he smells of them). But most of the time it’s not that bad, and he just smells vaguely of a dirty fish tank filter in need of a good cleaning. He wants to kiss you so badly and I feel bad denying him all the time, so occasionally I will let him lick my chin while I hold my breath, then I go scrub up.

  6. barb and my gang said

    Wow! As an owner of 3 beagles and 2 senoir labs, I thought anal glands where a dirty little secret my husband and I kept secret! I’m at the point I know who’s stink is who.s! I’m just glad they clean thier butts up afterwards. I just washed my king sized bedspread yesterday and I know what is gonna happen!!! Ha, I love my dogs!!!

  7. Harper said

    Bartles the Basset growls quite a bit… We’re working in that… Most especially if he’s asleep and thinks someone is sneaking up on him. I think it’s one of his rescue issues, after having been on the streets.
    Shotzy has reclaimed her spot in between my husband and I, relegating Bartles to the foot of the bed. Think Beagles are hard to sleep around? Try a 68 pound german Shepard … 🙂

  8. Gloria said

    Our beagle Suzie is a doggie school drop out because the dog trainer insisted that she not jump up to get attention like Stanley is doing with Dr. Kramer.
    I could not see the harm in a little dog doing this (and who can resist those beagle eyes), so Suzie had to abandon her academic dreams and rely on her good looks and charm to get by.

    • Peggy said

      Penny did not do so well in obedience lessons. She had fractured her leg when she was 4 months, and spend a month being crated, except for meals and walks. After the month, we asked a trainer to come to the house. This young woman used the clicker method, which Penny learned in puppy kindergarten.

      This girl was shocked that Penny would levitate when given the ‘watch me’ command. She said “I’ve never seen a Beagle jump so much to get attention”. She phoned us the next day, saying there was too much subway travel to get to our house. Guess she could not handle Penny’s grand jete’s.

  9. Bobbie (Casey, Dexter' and Daisy's mom) said

    Dexter will growl sometimes when he’s sleeping and his Poppa asks him if he wants to go potty but we think he’s just a noise maker, the more we say what did you say the louder he gets.

    Loved your comment about taking your anal glands with you, I laugh every time I think of it.

  10. C Siding said

    Not happy with the head shot

  11. Carolyn Campbell said

    You can always take them to the vet to have their anal glands emptied.

  12. Sue~Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    When I can smell, “the smell” it is time to go to the Vet. Jodi has a problem, Barney not so much. I take them to a groomer friend of mine about every 8 weeks for butt and nails. Once in awhile I have to take Jodi to the Vet in between. If I can smell it she is in pain (I think) she fusses with her back end.

    I heard that someone had the sacs removed. Does anyone have an opinion on this?

    • Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

      We had 1 of Kramer’s removed about a year ago due to cancer in it. He needed his emptied every 2 months or so. I had always heard that removing them was not worth it, and it was better for the dog to get them emptied every so often.
      We really haven’t thought much about it, as now that Kramer has only 1 sac, it seems Kramer is able to drain it on his own.

    • Karen S. said

      My Rowdy had his removed without any problems. Before that they were oozing like La Brea Tar Pits.

  13. Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

    oh that smell…I can’t smell it, but Joan can. Bailey has been having anal gland issues for the past 3-4 months so I guess I am used to it. He’s going back to the vet tomorrow. We’ve tried everything. Hes was on antibiotics for 2 months, and now we’re giving him Metamucil wafers (he thinks they are cookies) twice a day. They seemed to help, but last night I saw some blood back there..so back to the vet.
    They can remove the sacs, but at his age it may not be viable. We’ll find out tomorrow.

  14. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    All three of my beagles have had anal gland issues. No infections, but damn those things are active! I have to take both Gomer and Lulu about every 2 months to have them expressed. I once asked our vet if that was something that I could do, and he said it was SO unpleasant smell-wise that it was just not something I’d want to do, especially regularly.

    I’m not so sure – I have to frequently wash the bed cover (purchased and maintained specifically so the dogs can be on the bed without screwing up anything expensive or dry clean only) and observe my carpets being used as toilet paper, so I can handle ‘gross’ pretty well. I’m more concerned that I do no harm (to the dogs’ butts) than being overwhelmed by the smell.

    Lily does this “sit and spin” deal that, as disgusting as it is, never fails to crack me up a little bit. That’s how I know it’s time to schedule a Butt Squeeze with Dr. U.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      I used to have to take Benny every 2 to 3 months to have his done, and they were usually pretty full every time.

  15. Susan in DE said

    One of my co-workers once told us a story that started out, “Hey everyone, I know exactly what hell smells like!” She then proceeded to tell us about taking her dog to the vet to have his anal glands expressed. She said right before the vet did it, he said, “Now, this is going to smell like hell,” and then she said, “And I’ve never smelled anything worse than that, so I think he’s right.”

    She’s one of those people who has a way of telling a story that will keep you in stitches, and this one included imitating her vet’s accent while he made that statement (as he’s not US born), and describing how she drove home at 60 mph in a 35 zone with her head hanging out of the window because the dog then smelled like hell after the procedure.

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