Originally Posted by Winnie27
My pup is almost a year old and we have had major anal gland issues. We have had to bring her to the vet in order for her to feel some relief. She eats Taste of the wild but I am thinking she has developed an allergy to it. Any suggestions would be so helpful. I did see something about glandex- not sure if anyone has tried that.
Hi, My boy, Zody, will be 6 in Jan, and from the time he was a year old, to the time he was around 3, he had anal gland issues to the point that my vet wanted me to bring him in every month to have them expressed. I couldn't see doing that to him for the rest of his life researching, and observing just what he ate, and what was going on when I noticed him butt scooting again.
One of the things that I found out was that consistency of the stool was what emptied the glands, my boy's stool went from good in the morning to softer and softer as the day went on. I figured out he had a sensitivity to chicken, and cut out all chicken from his diet. I found that he does best on the Canidae grain free line and I rotate between a few of the chicken free flavors.
Another thing I found was that it helps to up the soluble fiber in the dog's diet. I found that Zody does well with oat bran. I feed him 1/4 tsp 2x a day, and mix it with a little of his wet food.
The last thing learned is that over weight dogs tend to have more anal gland problems then those at their ideal weight. Zody was overweight. I got him to lose the extra weight.
Between those 3 things he's stopped having anal gland problems and I've not had to take him to have them emptied for 2 years. I do notice that if I give him too much chicken, as a special treat, he will butt scoot. He only gets chicken very sparingly and then only a couple times a month if that.