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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Thanks for your quick reply! I'm in the same boat with the gross leaking everywhere... Ick.

    Yeah, I'm not really sure if she "needs" grain-free? She's got mild allergies (occasional sneezing, some eye redness when she plays outside, itching her ears and throat) and I love her just so very very much so I figured we'd just feed her high-quality grain-free and that would be what was best for her... How do i know if she "needs" grain-free food?

    Her poops seem pretty big to my tiny hands and hold their shape when in the bag, but I'm happy to try something else, since clearly what we're doing now is not working...

    Oh! I've also read many posts/blogs/theories discussing a link between dogs suffering from allergies, and those suffering with anal gland problems. Logically I suppose there could be a tie- inflammation in humans wreaks havoc on lots of different parts of the system... Anyone have any experience (or know of anyone who has has) treating their dogs allergies and finding relief from the anal gland issues?

    Again, thanks so much!

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    My cocker spaniel had a abscessed anal gland several weeks ago. She was on EVO Red Meat formula while this happened. I have been transitioning her to Acana Grasslands the last few weeks because of allergies, and they seemed to have disappeared so far. Her allergies symptoms are tear stains, paw licking and scratching. I am not so sure its a good idea to manually express your dogs anal glands so much, but I'm no expert.

    http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Dog_Anal_Glands

    The key is a higher fiber diet. Adding canned pumpkin or psyllium husk powder to their food will help.

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    bubba expressed his anal glands whenever he was hungry, stressed, sleepy, you name it, he let 'em go....

    and he had goobers in his eyes...sneezing...what a mess.

    i wouldn't have minded the butt scooting so much if he hadn't let loose the skunky smelling stuff on me...blech..

    even home cooked didn't help. he's on raw now and doesn't have these issues anymore.....yay....

    no matter what you decide to feed, just make sure there is enough fibre to firm up those stools so they release naturally and not during inappropriate times

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    I agree that fiber is what they need, not technically a better food. Although it seemed that as Hallie aged they got better and better. When she was 1 and still having anal gland issues weekly, yes weekly, I tried Purina and man did things get smelly that week. Obviously I switched her right back to Wellness and they got better. Now on a high quality grain free kibble rotation with raw a few times a week her anal gland issues are virtually nonexistant.

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Every week?!?! Oh man... Poor Hallie!!! And poor you, too!

    Ugh, so we just got back from the vet, and Kimma did indeed need her anal glands expressed. Much to her breeder's chagrin (he's great with email, so I usually contact him before I go the vet route)... He says he's never had a dog need that done since he's started owning the breed in '79. I suppose my girl is just special, LOL.

    Anyway, she's currently on Blue Buffalo Puppy (7 months old), and I was thinking of switching her anyway, since she doesn't really seem to like BB that much (tried both flavors, and she hardly ever eats it, and it's not treat-related, since she wouldn't eat while she was being boarded a few weeks ago, and she didn't really get any treats there at all)... But I guess the issue is making sure there's a puppy formula of whatever brand I decide to go with. The vet is just concerned with cutting too many calories if we go for a high-fiber food, since she's so young...

    Should I try Wellness??? I know a store nearby that sells it... They specialize in holistic foods there, including:

    - Nature's Variety
    - California Natural
    - Evo
    - Innova
    - The Honest Kitchen
    - And of course Wellness

    Does anyone have experience with any of those foods for puppies, and possibly for the whole anal gland issue??

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    *bump* anyone?

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Finkie Mom I have one girl that has issues with her anal glands and it seems she does best on Wellness Core. When she is eating that I never see her scooting. Actually ll of mine do better on that overall. I have had them on TOTW for about 4 weeks and I have seen some scooting again, too much weight gain with all 3 and grass eating again. I am switching back to the Core!

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Thanks for the advice, Staffordshire!!! Now, does it matter that she's only 7 months old??? I know Wellness has a puppy formula, but it's not Core. Should I just try it anyway, and once she gets up to a year, switch her to Core?

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Yeah the weekly events sucked. Mostly because even though my car has leather seats the smell would linger no matter how much I scrubbed. The last issue I remember her having with her anal glands was a few months ago . Hallie was raised on Wellness puppy and then placed on the adult formulas when she was 6 mo. I'm actually doing the ocean CORE now and she's not too crazy about it. Also, remember you can also supplement fiber rather than looking so hard for a high fiber food. She may grow out of it like Hallie did. Right around 7 months was when it started getting bad and by 1 yr and it went from a weekly thing to monthly. My Chihuahua actually just got an anal gland infection which caused the gland to 'bust'. The vet did a round of strong antibiotics and it's healed up but that was also a very stinky adventure. He needed his glands expressed but wasn't scooting or showing any signs. Goodness, who knew anal glands could be so complicated?

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Hahaha, I know!!! It really is complicated! Kimma also wasn't scooting or paying any attention to that general vicinity when she was grooming herself (as she does regularaly), so I wasn't sure that was the issue. The vet answered that question for us, though.

    Yeah, the vet said something about canned pumpkin or another source of fiber if it starts to become a constant issue, but I figured that since she doesn't seem to like her current food anyway, I could just switch her to something else, and (hopefully!) solve two issues at once.

    So Hallie was put on regular Wellness around 6 months??? Hmmm does that make a difference as far as growth is concerned? I guess I'm not too sure when they should be switched from puppy to adult anyway.... I'm still a dog newbie, hahaha.

    Thank you for your advice!!!!

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Wellness is a high quality food and puppy version is just slightly different than the adult. Small breeds, like Hallie, mature much sooner than larger breeds. Hallie was done growing at around 6-9 months, the only thing that's different about her now at 2 is she's wider that's a work in process. So early on I switched her to adult varieties to give her variety, she's been roatating since she was 6 mo.

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Wellness Core, huh? Thoughts on preferred flavor? We've only a few bowls left of TotW, but plenty left to transition to a new food. Anyone know if they sell it at Petsmart or Petco?

    Kali's a picky eater- do dogs generally like pumpkin mixed into their food? How much pumpkin, and how regularly?

    As always, thanks!!
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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Mine like the chicken and the fish. All of mine will also eat canned pumpkin right off a spoon. You have the the 100% pumpkin, not the pie filling.

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Thanks for the help, everyone! I got her the Wellness puppy formula (her breed matures slowly even though they're considered a small/medium breed, so I want to wait until about a year old to switch her to adult food), and a can of pumpkin (not the pie filling, hahaha), just in case. We shall see how it goes, and hopefully we never have gland issues again!!!

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    Re: Anal gland issues solved by food change?

    Thank you for the information....Psyllium husk seeds

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