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Have you tried expressing the glands yourself at home or having the groomer do it on a regular basis? The groomers will do it as a part of their bath so you could not only have a clean dog but he would have the anal glands expressed on a regular basis.
Some dogs have good success with a BARF diet or raw food diet while this is going on. I can send some links to you with BARF recipes if it would help.
You can always just opt to remove the glands completly. Most dogs do well without them.
You also need to be sure to keep her weight down. The fatter the dog the less the anal glands will express themselves.
Let me know if you have more questions.
Rice will not hurt a dog when used in moderation so it's worth a try. You're probably thinking of the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. It's used when children have diarrhea to keep fluids up. That's probably why your mother gave it to you.
As far as the BARF diet goes, it's been compared to Adkins that people go on that DOES cause some constipation and hardened stools.
Most dogs do just great with the saculectomy. Very few of them have trouble with bowel incontinance. The ones who do are managed with weight control and high fiber diets.
I agree that it's a messy problem. It's even worse when the dog gets scared and sprays all over the place. The scent will last for weeks.
Please let me know if I can help with anything else.
Sure thing! One of the components of the raw diet is not vaccinating your pets ever again. I happen to be against that and feel like people should continue to see their vet for routine exams and at least titer's to determine whether or not their immunities are up.
Here are a few sites to take a look at:
I hope this helps!
Have you considered having her anal glands surgically removed? My dog recently had this surgery. He was also suffering on a constant basis and it really started affecting his quality of life. We finally opted for the surgery and I'm so glad we did! If you chose to go this route, make sure the vet has specific experience in this procedure to avoid any possibility of side effects from the surgery such as fecal incontinence.
If you would like further information on this surgery, I'd be glad to help!
I'm sorry for not reading your original question thoroughly. Yes, the surgery does have risks - I think it all depends on the vet. However I respect your opinion of not opting for it. I think you hit the nail on the head when you stated to wait until it affects her quality of life!
I wish you the best of luck with your pooch and truly hope you find something that works!