This has always been an occasional issue for Dee. Usually (over the years) it's been a couple/few months (or more) between needing them done, but seems to be getting more frequent. This time it's only been a month or so and she's scooted a few times this past week.....so likely needs them doing again already. My Vet commented last time that the contents is too thick/sludgy to pass the way it should (a bit with each bm). I'm wondering if diet has any effect on anal glands? Are there certain things that make the issue worse or better?
I guess we could try adding more fiber to her diet, but her bm's are great; never loose. Not sure why some dogs have this problem.
My vet told me the same thing about adding fiber to their diet.
Of course you can add something to their diet. Just like old folks need their metamucil. All bran, pumpkin, green beans, anything fiber. If the dog isn't prone to problems with food, look for something with more fiber in it to start.
Also, if you don't do this already, let your dog chew on raw marrow bones. I had one go to town on a knuckle bone and found out later that eating too much firms up the stools. Too much and the dog is constipated but it also makes it firm enough to naturally express the anal glands.
I've known dogs that had this issue and it got better when more fiber was added. I believe people add canned pumpkin or Metamucil, but I would call your vet and ask how much/how often they recommend that. I wouldn't change the food you are feeding, just supplement. Worth a shot!
Diesel has this problem too. I find adding green beans helps a lot. Still seems odd though since his stools are really firm and I see sometimes he is able to express them naturally.
We add pumpkin to the pug food if they start having problems. My friend freezes canned pumpkin in an ice cube tray and thaws as needed.
And what in the world do you mean, Roxi/ie/y? You 'see' he expresses them?
Her glands used to occasionally and suddenly express on their own......and a fair amount. When that happened it would often happen two or three times in the same day and then not again for weeks. Not sure why that would happen either, but the contents was a lot more normal looking at that point. Lately that hasn't been happening......though her diet hasn't changed at all.
Thanks all for your suggestions.
Last edited by Top Of The Hill; 11-03-2012 at 12:37 PM.
When I researched this for my pugs I think I remember that the contents become thicker the longer they sit in there. If they are expressed then you increase fiber they will express on their own more often so won't have the chance to get as thick.