so far, thankfully
, every dog i've given canned-pumpkin to, responded well -
how much they get depends upon whether it's solely anal-gland issues, or if that's secondary to obesity / wt-loss.
Reducing calorie-intake means replace either 1/4 [slow but steady] or 1/3 [faster] of the dog's every meal with pumpkin -
IOW, if the dog was fed 1-C of their regular diet at every meal, no matter what that is - kibble, raw, BARF, chill-pack -
U replace either 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup with PLAIN pumpkin puree, & the rest [either 3/4 or 2/3] is their usual diet.
Pumpkin only for anal-issues
is a lot less - for a 45 to 60# dog, 2 to 3-Tbsp per meal, 2X / day, should suffice.
Probly the worst case i ever dealt with was that pica-prone Dalmatian that PACC took into care, in Va.
She was being taken to the vet's to have her anal-glands expressed every month to 6-weeks, year-round.
Plus she had a history of blockages & even abscesses, so she was genuinely miserable, AND... she bit
I really can't say that i blamed her for biting; she was often in agony, & she was a fearful, chronically-anxious dog.
H***, if someone tried to squeeze a painful abscess in a tender area on me, i'd probly bite, too!
I must admit i got a terrible impression of 21st St Dog & Cat, the Norfolk vet clinic she was being taken to - they never once suggested that the dog be given fiber to bulk her stools, never ONCE suggested - let alone insisted! - that she lose wt, & often handled her badly.
She'd been their patient for over 4-years
, & she arrived in foster weighing over 90#
- massively obese; a dainty set of feet, slender legs, & this pork-barrel body, with what appeared to be an undersized head atop it.
Horrible! - her back & sides actually had visible vertical edges on the fat-blanket under her skin, as if the skin had been slit, & a quilt had been stuffed tightly underneath, then the slit was stitched closed.
She'd been so traumatized by bad handling & painful events that she shrank from any contact with hands, but she was also pitifully needy & anxious - she'd cling to Ur legs as if she was glued, whenever there was something that worried her, which was practically constant, outside the house.
Traffic, strangers, other dogs, street noises, RAISED VOICES - the list was seemingly endless, of her fears & triggers.
Michele, her foster, brought her to me b/c she'd bitten 3 ppl
in 3-weeks, since she arrived at her house - none had been handling her, at the time; one was a M guest, who came to play cards with several other ppl, & had the misfortune to enter the house while the 2 resident dogs were still barking & agitated by the just-prior arrival of another couple.
The alarm-barking of the other dogs always upset the Dal, & she slipped around behind him as he took off his coat, & bit his buttock - deeply-enuf to bleed thru his pants. // He wouldn't let her see the wound, either [she's a vet-tech & 1st-Aid is her forte] - he left for home immediately, but thank God, didn't file a formal complaint with the police.
When she arrived, the 1st thing i saw was how grossly obese she was; the 2nd was her incredibly-defensive attitude, she appeared to expect to defend herself from me as if in a life-&-death struggle - she was tense from her toenails to the tips of her hair, just locked-up, moving in super-slow motion with her lips half-lifted to show her teeth, & her eyes white-ringed all the way around.
Her ears were pinched against her skull so tightly that nothing but the thin tips could move, as she stepped, stiffly & slowly, beside Michele.
This dog was a emotional train-wreck.
it took over 4-mos to get her a bit less anxious, almost 6-mos to peel off all the flab - at the end, she weighed between 38 & 40#, was a much-changed lean dog, & would be eating pumpkin for the rest of her life, to prevent a recurrence of her terrible anal-gland issues.
She was adopted by a couple from N.C. who had no children [by choice] & they adored her - for several years, they sent frequent photos of her, snoozing on the fan-back chair by the fireplace, playing with floating toys in a kiddy-pool in the backyard, wearing a red velvet Santa hat & a big smile [my personal favorite].
Sadly, when there was an internal shake-up & a new BoD took over PACC, all their former fosters' Happy Tails adoption stories, & all those photos, were deleted from their website.
I thot that was really cruel & hard-hearted - so many of us had worked diligently to rehab & place those dogs, & our memories were precious to us. It was wonderful to see how they were thriving, years after their adoptions, & i miss the pictures very much - as i'm sure others miss them, too.