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Absolutely! Increasing the fiber in his diet will help a great deal. You can add some cooked carrots, peas or other vegetable to his food in small amounts.
Another great tool for managing anal gland problems is keeping the dog at a healthy weight. It all comes down to the tighness of their bottom when they push to poop. If their bottom is flabby, they won't be able to push and compress the glands as much.
So keeping the dog at a healthy weight will help a lot.
Keep in mind that there are surgeries that can completely remove the glands if they are too big a problem.
Let me know if you still have questions.
I prefer the eukanuba and science diet brands. I am not familiar with Nature's Variety so I can't comment on that.
Brown rice would definitely help, too, but that's more of and doesn't have as much nutritional value for your pet as cooked carrots and veges do.
You CAN learn to express the glands yourself at home. It's pretty easy to do.
I would probably learn to do the expression myself if it was my dog.
I would also use a high quality food, dry only. Believe it or not, he will eat the dry food if he gets hungry enough. I would also eminate treats and table scraps completely until he eats like I want him to.
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