Q: What is the best way to help a dog who has problems with her scent glands?

May 16, 2008 | By BornToLoveAnimals | 3 answers | Expired: 2812 days ago

She has been to different vets. They have expressed them and one has even gave her penicillen. I have read something about fiber,etc. added to the diet. Has anyone ever tried that with any luck? I also read that surgery can be performed if needed but there are alot of bad side effects that can occur with that. I would appreciate anyones feedback.

Readers' Answers (3)
chris t.

May 18, 2008

My dog had a problem with that...they expressed her a few times but it always came back. She always had soft bowel movements and one vet said that can cause the problem. I started giving her a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix) twice a day. I read about it on the internet. My vet said he never heard of this, but the pumpkin is natural and he said to go ahead and try it. She has really improved, her bm's are harder and that makes that anal sac get drained when she goes. I don't know how big your dog is, better ask your vet, but it is working for us! good luck!

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Jill R.

May 17, 2008

You are talking anal glands, right?
All dogs have them, you just have to keep those that have a problem expressing them cleaned out. It is a simple procedure that your vet can show you next time you are in, it is just messy and smelly. Its always a good idea to follow up with a bath.

Fiber in the diet may help, but surgery wouldn't be recommended unless your dog has severe problems.

Read this article for more gross details:

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May 21, 2008

I too have given my dogs canned pumpkin to add fiber to their diet. My vet recommended it for soft stools. They LOVE it! But just as Chris said, don't use the kind with the spices added.

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