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Two weeks ago Sammi had "fish butt" aka anal gland problems. I took her to the vet and had them expressed. Today. It is back and she is extremely clingy. The vet changed her diet from Nutrisource grain free lamb and rice to Royal Canin adult with s/o because she had a UTI a while back. I'm not really a fan of dog foods the vets push (I know for a fact they receive lots of incentives to push these). Anyone have any suggestions for a good diet for the anal gland issue? I am thinking I can battle the UTI (she has only had one) with increasing moisture/water and a cranberry supplement. I want to do a dry/wet combo on food. She is a picky little girl and will snub her water bowl if the water is not refrigerated and fresh. I am constantly cleaning and filling water bowl. I have quite the little diva!!!!


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if you really want the best ask an expert like Sabine. [email protected] . you're right about the vet. I'm still waiting for my new consultation.

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I started adding 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to their food 1x per day and it seems to have helped.

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I do 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin 2 times per day





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Kodi had NEVER had a problem with his anal glands until this summer. He wasn't scooting, but he was licking his butt incessantly. He was also having trouble with itchy paws caused by an environmental allergy. (best guess, mildew in the perpetually wet grass we had in the early summer) The vet told me that anal gland problems are a very common problem with allergies. She had to empty them twice (much to his dismay... LOTS of histrionics involved! :roll eyes but he's been fine since his allergies cleared up.


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Is it true that once the anal glands are expressed one time that they will need it expressed on a more frequent basis?
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Is it true that once the anal glands are expressed one time that they will need it expressed on a more frequent basis?
not sure about one time, but less is better

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Maya needs to have her glads expressed ever 6-8 weeks. She also is a little diva. What she likes today, she wont like tomorrow. I usually have to entice her to eat her kibble. Right now, I have her on Merrick. The lamb formula. Usually the cats push her aside and did into to her bowl as soon as put it down. I even feed the first.
Wish I could find a kibble that she would actually like. Adding warm water won't help.
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Maya needs to have her glads expressed ever 6-8 weeks. She also is a little diva. What she likes today, she wont like tomorrow. I usually have to entice her to eat her kibble. Right now, I have her on Merrick. The lamb formula. Usually the cats push her aside and did into to her bowl as soon as put it down. I even feed the first.
Wish I could find a kibble that she would actually like. Adding warm water won't help.
why does she need this every six weeks. Sounds like the cause is not being resolved.

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You should never "routinely" express anal glands. Some groomers do this as a "service", and it is a very bad idea. If the glands are regularly expressed, they get less and less able to express the material naturally. So it becomes a perpetual cycle, where the glands get expressed so they lose tone, get over-full and need to be expressed again.

There ARE times when anal glands get over-full, and the cause needs to be rooted out and corrected if possible. If it is a poor diet that is not creating well-formed, solid stools, this can be the issue. But allergies can cause anal glands to become over-full too. If you CAN, resolve the allergy problem. If it's seasonal, environmental allergies, as happened to Kodi last summer, sometimes you can't. In that case, the glands MAY need to be emptied by a veterinarian. (NOT a groomer!) Impacted anal glands can abscess. That is not pretty, is very painful, and can be dangerous.

Kodi's anal glands have needed to be emptied twice, in 4 1/2 years, about 6 weeks apart last summer. Since then, my vet checks them when she sees him, but they have been fine, and they will not be expressed again until/unless he has a problem.

There are also a FEW dogs where the anal glands are mis-placed so that the dog cannot naturally empty them. (one of Missy's dogs... Cash, I think) has this problem. In this case, a vet does need to empty them regularly. But this is a medical problem, not something you routinely do with a healthy dog.


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