December 14, 2017

What Type Of Dog Food Should I Feed My Dogs If They Are Having Anal Gland Problems?

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We have a pomeranian and a Llapso and both dogs have anal gland problems. I was told to add rice or pumpkin to their diet. Does that help? Can you tell me the name of a dry dog food that will help?

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  1. savemore says:

    Don’t worry about food types to take care of anal gland care. Foods alone won’t do it. Even the “butt scoot boogie” done by the dog itself, won’t alleviate the problem. Manual expression of the glands is almost always the best way to handle the problem. Do it or have it done by your groomer when you get the dog bathed and groomed; have your vet do it, or best, do it yourself when you bathe the dog

  2. papaw says:

    If your dogs have a yard or go for regular romps outdoors, then they will naturally express their glands. This is often what they are doing when they appear to be “erasing a mistake” by dragging their bottoms across the grass.
    Personally, I think that is the best way for a dog to do it. Of course, if you are in an urban setting where your dog is mostly indoors and out for walks on a leash, then getting the glands expressed during a routine grooming may be the best for you if you don’t want them “erasing a mistake” across your carpet.
    It is possible that whomever expresses your dogs glands is a bit rough and that could cause problems. Your Vet should be able to give you an idea of whether that could be causing the problem. Canned pumpkin is good for their digestion. It certainly won’t hurt them.

  3. cat & jo says:

    In fact, it can, by causing the glands to be expressed slightly on their own. What you would essentially be doing is adding fiber, so that is a good option if your dogs are doing fine otherwise on their existing food – and you can control the amount of fiber you add. Just make very sure that your dogs still get the recommended amount of their food otherwise, so they get the proper nutrition.
    Extra fiber doesn’t work for every dog with this problem, but it’s an easy enough thing to try.
    For small dogs that only need a spoonful of pumpkin or so at a time, I put the pumpkin puree or rise in a large zip-lock bag, seal it, flatten it out, and freeze…then you can just snap off small pieces and it won’t spoil.

  4. Rosalie says:

    Food for thought…….
    !. Anal Glands only need to be expressed “when it is necessary”.
    2. Larger dogs can usually express this on their own, but if impacted, it should be expressed ONLY by your Vet.
    3. More times than not, the anal gland problems are with smaller dogs.
    4. Food really doesn’t have a lot to do with this problem, however, having your dog on a good healthy diet without all the fillers is something you should put on the “top” of the list for your dogs health, anyway.
    5. Call your Vet, and ask them what can be done. The only thing all of us can do here, is suggest.
    Your Vet will know best what to do, and how to assist your dog.
    :o Pilot

  5. Pilot's shedding tumbleweeds says:

    You need a food that is high in fiber (4% and above) it’ll harden up their poops and force the glands to express on there own. However, small dogs do suffer from anal gland issues because of their size so you might have to live with this issue and get them regularly expressed.
    I have a Weimaraner that suffers from Anal Gland issues and stops her from pooping altogether and she continually squats trying to force it out, I have to take her in every couple of months to get them expressed and she’s back to normal. Some dogs just have issues with this. However, pumpkin and rice won’t help.
    Good luck

  6. Weimaraner Mom says:

    This is what has worked for my dogs as I was having this happen also on a regular basis in 1 girl.The vet said to add 1/4 teas of Benefiber to the dog food daily,everyday for the dogs lifetime.I tried the Pumpkin,did’nt work.My dogs also get baby carrots and loads of vegtables and fruit daily and this has helped a great deal to where I stopped the Benefiber.They get apples,carrots corn squash grren beans sweet potatoes lettuce.So really if you can give them this then they bulk up on the fiber that they need.

  7. Nikko,Peke and GSD Lvr says:

    Actually ……. it’s completely false that anal glands should be emptied regularly. They are there, filled, for a reason! (Scent gland). What is a problem is when they become impacted/infected. And this is when a dog will feel discomfort = they need emptying and antibiotics. Everytime you empty them manually, they fill up again. So rather than keep at them, unless they are causing trouble, leave them alone. Every time the dog passes a good firm stool a little fluid should come out. Natural ‘emptying’.
    And strangely I’ve just had to empty my puppy Whippet’s glands as she started chewing at them – her stools are pretty well ‘perfect’ so if this goes on, I’m going to have to, probably get some antibiotics for her. And this is obviously not down to her diet.

  8. MamaBas says:

    Im not sure that diet will help. You need to get them expressed regularly and if its severe then they may need to be surgically removed.
    ADD because they fill with fluid that needs to be removed to prevent discomfort and to reduce the risk of infection. The vet or a good groomer can do it

  9. Point and Flush says:

    I think that any time we improve our pets diets, we see improvements in their overall health. We owe it to our pets to KNOW what we’re really feeding them. The grocery store and WalMart brands are bogus CRAP and they not only shorten the life span of our pets but they also cause a slew of health problems.
    Here are some links that will be helpful to you in making wiser and more informed decisions about what to feed your pets.…………………

  10. Fed up! says:

    their glands need to be expressed regularly and you should check with your vet to see which food they recommend, there maybe a special food they carry for that purpose.

  11. melissa says:

    Oh you were told a load of crap. If you have them done regularly their should be no big problem. Just add more fiber.

  12. T says:

    Should I Feed Canned, Dry or Homemade Food?
    Recipes for homemade diets that are nutritionally balanced are given in another article in this series. Commercial dog foods are available in three forms: canned dry and semi moist.Do not feed semi-moist dog food to your pet because of the large amounts of artificial chemical additives in them. More dry kibble is sold than any other type. Dry foods contain about 90% dry matter and 10% water. They are a blended mixture of grains, meat and meat by-products, fats, mineral and vitamins. Canned dog food contains 68-78% water and 22-32% dry matter.
    Given their choice, most dogs prefer canned diets. The aroma, flavor and palatability of dry diets do not match that of canned. Which ever you buy, be sure the label says that the diet meets the National Research Council’s guidelines on canine nutrition and is certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Over the years I have found that dogs fed dry diets have less tartar build up on their teeth and less gum disease surrounding the teeth. They also have less obesity problems. With time, gum inflammation associated with canned diets causes the tissues surrounding the teeth of your pet to recede, the teeth to loosen and their breath to have a bad odor. Also with time, bacteria moving through the blood stream from these infected gums cause damage to the heart, kidneys and liver. It takes much less dry food to satisfy a pet’s need because dry food has greater caloric density – that is , it is much richer in nutrients. This is because canned food contains about 75% water.
    What about RAW AND BARF DIETS?
    I have some real hesitation about these products. I am in the process of writing an article about them.
    What If I Feed My Pet Table Scraps?
    I never see nutritional diseases in dogs fed name brand, commercial canned or dry dog foods. I do, however see them in dogs fed primarily table scraps. Feeding unsupplemented hamburger and rice mixture or table foods can cause a calcium deficiency in your pet and a secondary over-activity parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism). It can also cause a calcium deficiency leading to broken bones, loose teeth and arthritis. All-meat diets can also cause constipation and anal gland problems. Feeding a Liver-based diet can poison the pet with too much Vitamin A. Many homemade diets contain too much protein and phosphorus but not enough calories, calcium, vitamins, microminerals and fiber that all pet needs. - Dogs