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    Anal glands/food interaction

    Sydney has an infected anal gland, a new one for me. We went to the vet today and got some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds and had them expressed. She had her anal glands expressed for the first time ever about 3 weeks ago (shes 2.5) and had some bloody leakage when she would lay on the couch starting a few days ago, hopefully we're getting it all taken care of now.

    My question is can her diet affect her anal glands? I know if she has soft poos they don't press against the glands and don't express, but her poos are fine. We recently switched to 4Health grain free beef and its the first beef dog food she's ever had. In the past though we have fed her steaks and cooked beef for weeks at a time with no ill effects (mixed in her reg food, not as her only source of nutrients).

    Its the only thing that's different other than her being expressed for the first time. We bought some turkey variety and have been mixing it, but I just wanted to hear other people's experience with anal gland issues and how they were resolved.

    We have a check-up on Monday to see if its getting better.


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    Re: Anal glands/food interaction

    You're right about the soft poops. Have you seen any changes in your dog's poop since you started feeding the new food? I've only had anal gland issues with my cats before, but that was because they were on kibble and their poop was just way too soft. They switched to raw and they haven't had a single anal gland issue since then... so I'm not sure if that's of any help :|

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    I will be interested in the responses here-I just went through some issues with my dog Sheba's anal glands. They were full but not infected. She rubbed her rear end cherry red dragging it around on the carpet, though. The vet trip was pretty stressful for her, and she absolutely hated having ointment rubbed on her twice a day (I didn't care much for that, either-LOL) But she has gotten better finally. We had to have her matts shaved off her rear end (probably caused my all the scooting) and I had to use some ointment on her that is a combination anti-bacterial/anti-fungal/anti-inflammatory. It was a bit messy, but it did work well. It seemed to happen just after I changed her dry food-but I think that may be coincidental. She has had issues with dragging her butt in the the past-but not to that extent-so I think her glands finally got full. I'd be interested in finding out if there is a certain type of food that firms up the stools enough to express the glands, so I'll be following this thread.

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    Raw isn't really an option for me-I have a feeling that CoCo and Sheba would get into some fearsome fights over raw bones. CoCo is a hoarder. She hides her stuff and then goes after Sheba's. Sheba, of course, gets mad. Then if Sheba finds CoCo's stash, CoCo turns into a 20 something pound beast,also. They do much better, behaviorally with kibble and rolled food. For some odd reason, there is no fight there. They alternate eating out of each other's bowls with no problems. I don't understand it, but that's the way they operate. I tried raw with my St Bernards and they did great on it-but my meat supply dried up -local stores stopped using butchers to cut meat and pre-packaged got way too expensive to feed large rapidly growing dogs.

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    I never feed my animals near each other. My two cats and Meeko are all on raw, but I feed them all separately because it is very high value. Meeko eats in his crate, one of my cats, Cha Cha, in the living room dinner table, and LeRoux (my other cat) in the "cat room". They're all separated and none of them are led out until everyone has finished their food. I think resource guarding is normal to a degree with raw meat. But yeah, I mean, if you have large dogs, it's not easy to feed meat from the grocery store! Meeko is only 7.5 lbs so it's not a big deal if I have to go buy my meat at the grocery store... but is giving raw meaty bones an option for you? Maybe that would help firm up the stool.

    I don't know that much about other methods and whether switching proteins would cause an anal gland infection though @_@

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    No her poops haven't been any different on the new food. I've heard adding fiber to the diet can help to firm up poos, but that's just hearsay with no real background info. The weird thing is she never drags her butt, the only reason we took her to get them expressed was our other dog was dragging her butt so I figured I'd go ahead and do them both. Hers ended up being more full than the other dog's, and were full again on this trip. It actually hit the wall when the vet squeezed them. Gag me.


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    Re: Anal glands/food interaction

    Quote Originally Posted by amosmoses89 View Post
    No her poops haven't been any different on the new food. I've heard adding fiber to the diet can help to firm up poos, but that's just hearsay with no real background info. The weird thing is she never drags her butt, the only reason we took her to get them expressed was our other dog was dragging her butt so I figured I'd go ahead and do them both. Hers ended up being more full than the other dog's, and were full again on this trip. It actually hit the wall when the vet squeezed them. Gag me.
    Yeah I can imagine that stinking to the high heavens lol! You could try adding a bit of steamed/pureed sweet potato or pumpkin to their food? That can help firm up poop

    I'm sure some more experienced dog owners will come to your rescue soon enough! Sorry I can't be of much help :|

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    Re: Anal glands/food interaction

    I add cooked split peas to my dog's food and it firmed his poops up a lot. Split peas and lentils are about the most fiber rich foods you can find, plus a bag of dried is super cheap and its very easy to cook up a pot. They would also be easy to freeze, although I just cook up about 1/2 cup dried and use a few spoonfuls on his food. And keep the rest in the fridge. He loves them, but he'll pretty much eat anything he thinks is people food.

    I've done canned pumpkin too, but I think peas are probably more economical and they definitely have more fiber. Since he likes both I went with the cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoorewv View Post
    Raw isn't really an option for me-I have a feeling that CoCo and Sheba would get into some fearsome fights over raw bones. CoCo is a hoarder. She hides her stuff and then goes after Sheba's. Sheba, of course, gets mad. Then if Sheba finds CoCo's stash, CoCo turns into a 20 something pound beast,also. They do much better, behaviorally with kibble and rolled food. For some odd reason, there is no fight there. They alternate eating out of each other's bowls with no problems. I don't understand it, but that's the way they operate. I tried raw with my St Bernards and they did great on it-but my meat supply dried up -local stores stopped using butchers to cut meat and pre-packaged got way too expensive to feed large rapidly growing dogs.
    CoCo and Sheba are 22 and 32 lbs, so the cost would be much less, but even if i fed them in separate rooms, the hoarding would still cause problems. Raw meaty bones would get pretty nasty quick-LOL. CoCo tries to hide her stuff for later and take Sheba's for now. They do this even over low value treats like dog biscuits. They are weird.

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    Darn-it quoted the wrong part! I was trying to reply to taquito's post about feeding separately, not my own post.

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    Re: Anal glands/food interaction

    Muggsy is 9 & had not had anal gland issues before. I fed Castor & Pollux Organix w/a bit of organic meat mixed in for a few years & he did great on it. Then something changed & he started presenting w/allergy signs...waxy ears & soft poo which led to him having his anal glands expressed for the first time. He also was licking himself a lot & his poo would be filled with hair. The vet said that the hair can be irritating & cause issues too. I switched his food (combo of home cooked & canned) & added pumpkin. Nice firm poos & quite colorful too He gets byNature Organics canned that has peas & sweet potatoes & his home cooked meals have sweet potatoes or pumpkin. He hasn't had any anal gland issues since. I definitely think food can affect the glands.
    As for pumpkin, for Muggsy it's always worked like a charm. A TBS of organic pumpkin really helps.
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    Re: Anal glands/food interaction

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoorewv View Post
    CoCo and Sheba are 22 and 32 lbs, so the cost would be much less, but even if i fed them in separate rooms, the hoarding would still cause problems. Raw meaty bones would get pretty nasty quick-LOL. CoCo tries to hide her stuff for later and take Sheba's for now. They do this even over low value treats like dog biscuits. They are weird.
    You just don't let them hoard it, if that makes sense lol Keep them locked in the crate until they are done with it, and then take it away and freeze it again, or if he's done eating it, throw it out.

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