Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
The wellness is another good grain free, Masi is on the fish based, and loves it..Kizzy is on turkey, she wasn't thrilled with fish.
Make sure the pumpkin is pure canned, not the sugary pie filling..
I've had two gsd's with fistula's, both were the result of anal gland issues..first one was infected gland, we couldn't clear up..I had the glands removed, no more issues..(find a board certified surgeon definitely!)...This was years and years ago, I think I paid the surgeon around 800..
The second one, blew his gland , again gland infection..that time I went the cyclosporin route , pricey, but I got it at cost..cleared that up no further issues.
Mine never had to have the glands expressed, however, personally, I would say if her glands need expressing once a month, once every couple of months, I would consider the removal..Mine NEVER suffered from incontinence after removal, if you get a surgeon who knows what they are doing, no problems.
as for knowing if she's developing one, wellI'm gonna get graphic...alot of butt licking, is a red flag something is going on,,the skin around the anus will look swelled/puffy, just not normal..trying to defacate and not producing ,,defacating small amounts of liquid diarhea, all dogs are different...blood can be indicator..but the first red flag for me was more than normal butt licking...AND my vet told me, the more expressing sometimes makes the glands inviable..(non working)..
Just my experience
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