Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southern Ontario
Expressing the anal glands manually can also be the cause the problem, this leads to little tiny tears that become infected b/c of elimination. Part of the problem is the gut is too alkaline allowing bad bacteria to proliferate. Microbes cannot survive in an acidic enviro. This is why dogs do well on RAW...real meat (not denatured/cooked) produces an acidic enviroment, which is why they can ingest and deal with trace "harmful" bacteria. Bones add the bulk form needed to depress against the anal glands during elemination to express naturally.
Add some slippery elm - it will form a mucosal lining, like an internal band-aide, which will help coat the tiny tears preventing bad bacteria from infecting...acidify the gut (a touch of raw ACV in the water - also help kill bacteria) as well as probiotic and d-zymes. D-zymes will help break down the food so more is utilized, especially as kibble has slower transit time then RAW, allowing for bacteria to feed off.
Give your dog a real (not smoked) beef knuckle bone couple times a week, this will help express the glands
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