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    Molly is having a problem with her anal glands. Consists of us having to get her left gland squeezed every 2-3 weeks and then going on a course of antibiotics for 7days only to have the problem remergre not long after. I don't know if it's lazy veterinary care or just a really bad problem, has anybody else experienced it this badly? I'm considering perhaps getting them removed as getting expressed at this rate is causing me a small fortune. We are visiting a different vet this afternoon for his opinon.. And to get them expressed again.

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    We had the same problem with Meika but fortunately only once. After the first vet visit, I experimented with different foods and switched her to something that made her poop a bit harder so it sort of squeezes the anal glands itself on the way out. Other than that I don't really have any suggestions.

    Good luck!!

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    I have done abit of reading which suggest canned/processed food is the main cause for anal gland problems. We've always had her on a raw diet with lots of meat bones. Im going to ask the vet for more information and whether maybe its the beef hearts (which is her favorite). I also think its because she tends to hold and refuses to poo in the backyard, only when wr go on walks which is early morning and late at night which is a long time to be keeping it in!

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    Yeah I'd definitely speak to the vet about it more. We had Meika on raw with lots of bones too but switched her to a handful of black hawk biscuits and either the 4legs roll or meatballs and then raw a few times a week. I've never really been keen on feeding dog roll but the 4legs seem pretty good- no preservatives, nothing artificial etc. Each dog is different though. I've heard pumpkin purée also helps to firm stools (although maybe only when they are really runny?)

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    A raw diet would provide more than sufficient roughage for any dog. so adding puree'd pumpkin which does form a more solid stool, will not be effective.

    Some dogs do seem to suffer more than others. Your diet indicates this is possibly one of those cases. As you are not feeding wet food, which is notorious for causing impacted anal glands.

    I am unaware of the surgery you mention. Id perhaps be playing with the diet before i put my dog under a general anesthetic though?

    I hope you get good advice from 2nd vet.

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    So tried a different vet this time. Didn't give us any antibiotics as he say's it won't help? (well wasn't like the last lot were working anyway).

    Talked to him about her what i'm feeding her say's it all sounds fine. He does think that her weight most likely is a contributing factor and she could lose another 1-2kgs (she's currently sitting at 14.5kg) he also wants me to add more fibre to her diet like some metamucil.

    So we'll make the changes, dropping her food amount again and see what happens i suppose.

    Bernie - Last time i went to the vet he said that some dogs will always have problems with their anal glands and he suggested surgery if it's a continual problem. Every time they become inflamed she has alot of discomfort from it, i just watched my dog over the last week have trouble going toilet, to watching her this morning take 5 minutes to get a small stool out - obviously very very painful for her. So yes, if there is no other way i can fix this i would rather put her through surgery than watch her suffer every couple of weeks trying to go toilet.

    Waiting game again i suppose.

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    Yes, more fibre abd roughage in her diet is the way to go. The bulkier the poo, the better the glands are expressed during defecation.

    I personally use Phuds - Phud's Natural Dog Food - which creates health stools, if that makes sense.

    My parents dog had anal gland expression required regularly. Finally they decided to try her on the phuds and haven't needed them expressed yet, so it worked for her. And my dog had never needed his done.

    I know every dog is different and that is MAY not be for everyone but I think it's defibitely worth considering. I'm not sure if they still provide free samples or not, but you can check on their website or email/call them. Tracey (the owner) is really nice and very helpful. She used to a naturopath before she changed to making Phuds.

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    My pug is on the vets all natural and the whole oats in there really help clean out her glands. A raw diet may not necessarily help with anal glands if the poo is not bulky enough, a byproduct of the diet is smaller stools as it is more digestible. Undigestable matter is what makes it larger and squeeze out the glands, in the wild the hair, grasses and stomach contents of the animal would be doing the job.

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    It's a terrible problem and one I've had a couple of times with one of my poodles

    I feed both poodles soup vegetable mix. I soak the dried mix overnight and cook the mix for about an hour next day, then add some to the food every night. I cook enough to last a few days kept in the fridge ... haven't had a problem since using this. It sounds like the same as the Phuds mentioned before.

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    It might be worth having her checked by a vet Chiro. Apparently chronic anal gland problems can be caused by a slight misalignment of the spine.

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