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4/2/18 1:52 P

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My vet said little pumpkin each day in there food.

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4/1/18 9:26 P

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Thank you all.



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4/1/18 12:36 A

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Thanks for the pumpkin idea. Bella the greyhound (skinny) usually needs her anal glands expressed by the vet or vet tech and little Cricket seems to need it too. That little rat terrier is chunky.

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3/31/18 5:12 P

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I would use the Pumpkin once a day, and not a lot of it.

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3/31/18 2:20 P

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I will try adding the pumpkin again now that she has been cleaned out again. I was adding it twice a day, but stopped because she couldn't go potty a few times. She is going to be ending up a vegetarian if this keeps up. I am going to see if there is anything in the clearance bin for meat.

I think that Cassie looks fat, but she has actually lost weight. She was 44 pounds when I got her and is not 40. Maybe all flab and no muscle right now.

A little off topic - she is trying new foods. Today she had blueberries, which I read recently are really good for dogs. She also had some tomato that I couldn't fit on my sandwich. When I got her the only thing she would eat besides commercial dog food was meat and cheese (she doesn't get a lot of that).



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3/31/18 4:33 A

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Thank you Lady. I was going to mention that, and forgot.

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3/31/18 3:21 A

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My little terrier mix was scooting on her butt, and crying like she was in pain. I took her to the vet, and they cleaned out her anal glands. They told me to feed her a tablespoon a day in her food of canned plain pumpkin, like Libby's with no sugar and nothing else added. I get it at the market when it's available, and then on Amazon when it's out of season. They also told me to get her weight down, since being overweight makes it worse. Since I started feeding her pumpkin she hasn't had any more problems with her anal glands. If one tablespoon doesn't do the trick, add another teaspoon until the dog is ok. That's what I did. Some dogs have a real issue with this, and others never get it. The pumpkin bulks up the stool, and it presses on the glands so they don't get so full. Good luck!

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3/31/18 1:34 A

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Is she scooting on her behind a lot? Munchie was scooting after I had his glands cleaned out. So I took him back thinking he was still having a problem. Isn't wasn't his glands at all. We never did figure out why he was scooting so much. He did stop. Maybe it was allergies.

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I had it done by the groomers for a while and it finally cleared up for a while. I was feeding the same as I do now. The last few months I have taken her to the vet clinic and the techs there do it. The groomer charged $10 and the vet charges $38. The groomer can only do the squeeze from the outside like they do with small dogs. Vet tech does internal and I think gets them cleaner. They haven't found anything wrong to cause the problem.



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3/30/18 7:41 P

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Our dogs have never had that problem, so I looked it up.

The Role of Diet

While a change in diet alone wonít resolve a significant anal gland problem once it has developed, feeding a diet rich in fiber may help prevent future recurrences. The pressure of the firm, bulky stool against the colon wall near the anus can help to express the anal gland contents when a pet defecates.

I'm curious as to who drains your dog's glands. A friend of mine had it done by a groomer, and the gals ended up hurting my friend's dog. Megs ended up having surgery. If you haven't been to a Vet, you might want to get their opinion.

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Does anyone know what can be done to help with anal gland problems? I feed green beans, carrots or sweet potatoes with Cassie's feed and also the digestive supplement the vet suggested, but I end up having to take her in every month to get them emptied. (I have tried myself, but couldn't get anywhere with that)

Does more exercise help with that? I have had trouble getting her out for walks since I have IBS (hopefully under control now) and it's been colder than I can usually handle, but we are starting to go on walks since it is warming up. Also with it warming up we will probably be out in the yard more.

I think that raw feeding would help, but I don't really have enough for that. Would it help to feed homemade part of the time at least?

Thanks if anyone can help me.



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