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Posted by: Jane | 2012/05/05

Frequent anal gland problems

We have a 5 year old spayed medium sized mixed terrier. She seems to have frequent problems with her anal glands, as at least once a week we notice the smell. I understand that this is not uncommon, but it seems too frequent (particularly since she''s female and I''d always thought it is more of a male problem).
We feed her one of the more expensive dry dog foods from the pet shop and don''t give a lot of treats. She gets two walks a day and generally passes fairly standard stools - though sometimes less solid than they should be. She''s a rescue dog and quite nervous and sometimes the problem seems to be stress related - but far less than it used to be.
Could you advise on anything we can do differently? Is there anything we could supplement her diet with that might help?
Thanks

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Hi Jane

You could try a prescription hypoallergenic veterinary diet and see if the problem is associated with a food allergy (try the diet for at least 10 weeks). The alternatives are to express the glands manually or to remove the anal glands - there can be a postoperative complication of fecal incontinence. Please discuss the matter with your local veterinary surgeon.

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2012/05/14

Hi Jane

You could try a prescription hypoallergenic veterinary diet and see if the problem is associated with a food allergy (try the diet for at least 10 weeks). The alternatives are to express the glands manually or to remove the anal glands - there can be a postoperative complication of fecal incontinence. Please discuss the matter with your local veterinary surgeon.

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