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Old 10-21-2010, 11:09 PM
IAmNotSpartacus IAmNotSpartacus is offline
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Cost of expression of anal glands

What is the range vets typically charge to express a cat's anal glands?
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:20 AM
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Our vet has done this at our dog's annual medical for no extra charge.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:55 AM
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For a cat? Why would you need to?

I know that dogs sometimes need it, and it's sometimes done as part of grooming. I never heard of a cat needing it. Ask your vet.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:58 AM
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Oh yeah missed the bit about the cat. Our cats never needed it.
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:21 AM
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If you're concerned about the cost you may want to observe the procedure the next time the vet tech performs it. It's really quite simple and can be performed at home.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:12 AM
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Oh yes, cats have anal gland issues. I've seen more cats than dogs with anal gland abscesses, though not by much. I think cats hide the problem for longer, and end up with abscesses more often because of that. Anyway, it all depends on the problem and why you think your cat needs regular help with it. Some vet offices may charge a visit fee if the doctor wants to see your cat rather than just have a tech do the procedure. Some just charge tech time if the cat's a regular visitor. If the vet feels the owner is competent enough, they may well teach the owner how to do it at home, get yourself a box of gloves and a big tube of K-Y. Don't attempt to do it yourself until a professional has taught you, and you've done it in front of the professional a couple of times, though. If abscesses are an issue, you need to be taught how to feel for abnormalities or you could cause some real (as in surgical correction needed) damage.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:29 AM
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There are people who do that at home ?

I can't even give my cats a worm pill without wearing a welder suit for protection, so doing that thing ...

And mark me as another one who never heard of that procedure as applied to cats.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:23 AM
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I express my cat's anal glands on my own all the time. I didn't realize it was something other people didn't have to do. It is pretty simple, really. Turn on the faucet so the cat jumps up on the counter, scritch his butt so his sticks it up in the air, gently press a warm, damp paper towel against his anal area. His head jerks up from the faucet and he slams his butt down on the counter but before he does that his anal glands have expressed and the paper towel is thrown out.

You know how I figured out this needed to be done? I was washing my hands and the cat jumped up on the counter to drink out of the faucet so I gave him a little scritch and he expressed so much he sprayed me with it. From that day forward I take it upon myself to express them to prevent having to throw away another shirt because it smells of evil. Oh, and the vet laughed so hard he nearly shat himself when I called him crying because I thought my cat's ass exploded. He is the one who explained the process to me.

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:53 AM
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To try to help answer the OP's question, we pay our groomer about $8-10 extra dollars to do this for our dog. Our vet charges $15 extra for this if we add this to an existing vet visit.

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Old 10-22-2010, 11:23 AM
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I want $6000 cash to do it. You bring the money and I'll get my gloves.

I'm not a vet, but I played one once in a college play.

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Old 10-22-2010, 11:52 AM
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I want $6000 cash to do it. You bring the money and I'll get my gloves.

I'm not a vet, but I played one once in a college play.
More in line with the real necessary qualifications, he has no sense of smell...

Okay, I don't actually know that aceplace57 has no sense of smell. I was just kidding.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:52 AM
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It depends what country he's expressing them to.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:07 PM
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Whatever they charge, it's not enough.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:15 PM
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Thanks all for your answers. The vet charged us $36.50 (in addition to the office visit) so it seems like maybe it's a bit on the high side. My mother told me last night that groomers can do this too, I never knew that, so maybe the groomer we go to will charge us less. This is the first time our cat has had problems with her glands.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:35 PM
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Whatever they charge, it's not enough.


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Old 10-22-2010, 02:56 PM
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Not safe for work, or pretty much any other place, and certainly not within a couple of hours after meal time, but otherwise a clear video by a vet on how to express a cat's anal glands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJStqOPCFdA
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:30 PM
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Penny Arcade's thoughts on the issue.
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:46 PM
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Not safe for work, or pretty much any other place, and certainly not within a couple of hours after meal time, but otherwise a clear video by a vet on how to express a cat's anal glands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJStqOPCFdA
Holy mother of god. That is something I will never be able to burn out of my brain.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:06 PM
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Not safe for work, or pretty much any other place, and certainly not within a couple of hours after meal time, but otherwise a clear video by a vet on how to express a cat's anal glands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJStqOPCFdA
The closeup initially reminded me of the Eye of Sauron.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:57 PM
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Okay, so that's what you guys are talking about. What a weird word for that concept.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:12 PM
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Don't know about cats, but the cost to have our dog's anal glands surgically removed was $150. The dog had a real problem, and yes I knew how to express them.

Best money I ever spent.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:19 PM
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How come we humans never express OUR anal glands?

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:20 PM
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We don't have any. Thank Og.

was that a whoosh?


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Old 10-22-2010, 10:30 PM
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Holy mother of god. That is something I will never be able to burn out of my brain.
For a few sawbucks, you could have it expressed from your brain.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:51 PM
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Somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 (I don't do the invoicing, so I don't keep up with the pricing) for a straightforward anal gland expression. There's usually an extra charge if we have to shave around the ass or do wound cleaning or antibiotic infusion on an abscess.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:19 AM
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RE: CrazyCatLady

"There's usually an extra charge if we have to shave around the ass or....."

LOL

I saw that you don't do the invoicing, but is that the official terms your vet clinic uses for that type of extra charge?
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:37 AM
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I have cats and dogs all my life, and I'm only hearing of this now? My poor animals, and their unexpressed anal glans.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:57 AM
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Wow, my dogs get groomed at my vets, and they do this no charge.

Holy fuck.
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