Friday, January 31, 2014

Dog Anal Glands and Scooting Problems

Anal glands can become a stinky problem with dogs. What are anal sacs? They are scent glands that fill up with a smelly fluid that is intended to be emptied each time a dog has a bowel movement enabling your dog to mark his territory. Each dog has his own individual scent---but anyone who has smelled it, can find it to be a disgusting odor. Some dogs are more predisposed to problems and problems are more common in small dogs like Toy and Miniature Poodles, Chihuahuas, and Lhasa Apsos. Also, certain breeds may be more likely to experience problems, such as Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, and Beagles.

What types of problems? You may first notice that your dog scoots his rear along the carpet, frequently turns to lick or bite at the base of his tail or anal region, and may show signs of discomfort when passing stool. If you notice any of these signs you should see your veterinarian to make sure they are not impacted or infected. Also, many times the dog will show signs of other allergy related symptoms, such as ear infections, itchy skin, digestive issues (gas, loose stools). To avoid the problem in the future holistic care can help.

What can I do? The most important things to keep your dog happy and stink free is to make sure that they are eating a fresh foods diet,  are at a healthy weight, and getting plenty of exercise. To start use a fresh high moisture, hypoallergenic diet such as a raw frozen diet. Try using a protein source such as rabbit or venison avoiding high allergen proteins such as poultry.  Avoid dry food and grains.  Adding a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to each meal for fiber can help too. In addition adding Power Probiotic at every meal, K9 Digestive Enzymes, Amazing Omegas, will help your dog's elimination, improve digestion and greatly reduce the likelihood of anal gland problems.  Dogs with allergies can benefit from  AllerEaze an excellent quercetin supplement that is like a natural "benadryl".

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