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Old 09-24-2011, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm having some problems with Colt and not so sure if anyone else have had the same problems? He has been licking his rearend both after he poops and even more so in the last few weeks. I have a vet appointment scheduled for him because I also just noticed he broke one of his front teeth. There doesn't seem to be any pain from the tooth or the butt. I have just never had a dog break a tooth before . I am very concerned about his butt licking though, I think it maybe causing some blood and mucus on the outside of his stools.
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Whenver Nikki pays a lot of attention to her butt it's usually because her anal glands are full and need to be emptied. Hopefully it's nothing serious

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I would have a fecal run to rule out parasites. Most dogs express their anal glands without help...sometimes diet plays a part in not being able to do so on their own.
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With a GSD, be very aggressive about addressing anal gland problems. GSDs often get perianal fistulas, which are pretty nasty to deal with, and can be casued by anal gland problems in some cases.
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Yes, have the vet check the anal glands. It's a common cause of itching and irritation.
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Yes, have the vet check the anal glands. It's a common cause of itching and irritation.
Make sure your dog food does not have a lot of water soluble fiber like the kind from barley, oats, tomato pomace, pea fiber etc.

Best to to stay with rice, corn, sorghum and beet pulp.

Hard drier stools equals clean glands.
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Best to to stay with rice, corn, sorghum and beet pulp.
Depends on the dog. Those things were terrible for my dogs anal glands.

The recommendation on the fistula list is a single protein, single carb limited ingredient diet if there are ongoing problems.
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Depends on the dog. Those things were terrible for my dogs anal glands.

The recommendation on the fistula list is a single protein, single carb limited ingredient diet if there are ongoing problems.
Probably but beet pulp is a must when a dog has trouble down there for whatever reason. The LID foods available are for skin problems mostly but simple diet is the ticket. I didn't mean to say it had to have all three.
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