|10-16-2013 12:46 PM|
|Blanketback||It might be limiting to find a kibble that works well for all of them, so maybe reconsider that? I know it's easier to feed everyone all the same food, but if it's compromising their health it isn't after all.|
|10-16-2013 12:37 PM|
The hardest part is finding something that isn't likely to be recalled or has a history of it. Finding something that all of them can eat can be a chore of its own.
|10-16-2013 12:30 PM|
|Blanketback||I'd try changing her food to something without any chicken in it at all, just to see if that helps. I've been very lucky this fall - and I say lucky because this is such a guessing game, trying to figure out exactly what my guy can tolerate. One thing I noticed when I switched his kibble was that his inner ear tips changed from pink to beige. Call me crazy, lol, but I took that as an indication that something in the previous kibble didn't agree with him. I know last year was a horrible year for allergies too - my vet said she was seeing dogs come in that didn't have a past history of them. So maybe this year isn't as bad, and getting my boy on a kibble that works for him did the trick. I really hope this is the case for Robyn too, because I know how scary it is to worry about something as serious as PF, and what a relief it is to have a simple solution...even if it is a big guessing game. I think the mushy poops would also indicate that this kibble isn't as good as it could be for her.|
|10-16-2013 11:24 AM|
|Momto2GSDs||I have never used it, so I cannot say. I imagine that this would be the basic TCM formula for anal gland problems. But I do know when a TCM formula is put together, it has different ingredients. The dogs whole health history is taken into account before the "mix" is made or suggested. Dr. King put our male on a combo from spring to fall because he has "heat" in his body.|
|10-16-2013 11:22 AM|
|llombardo||I'm thinking this probably starts with the food. If the food isn't the right food and she doesn't have firm poop, then anal glands won't get expressed right? What do you guys think of Infinia... Salmon/Sweet Potato or Natural Balance(limited Ingredient)? They love the Fromm Whitefish/Potatoe..thank God none of them are picky eaters.|
|10-16-2013 11:13 AM|
Do you think this stuff works? I have no problem trying it.
|10-16-2013 11:12 AM|
|10-16-2013 11:11 AM|
Yes and it came back negative last month.
|10-16-2013 11:01 AM|
Just throwin this out there!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a dogs’ anal gland problem is caused by the energetic of “Dampness”. Quotes: “Foods that impair digestion yield food stagnation and interfere with the spleen, contribute to the development of internal dampness due to the impairment of water metabolism within the body.” “Traditional Chinese medicine considers and increase of anal gland sac content to the pathological accumulation of "Dampness". Any bodily accumulation of an abnormal amount of fluids will always fit into this pattern of disharmony.”
Dampness starts in the gut. An excess of yeast hampering the digestive tract can also cause it not to function properly. Also, the spleen needs to be strengthened as it is part of this.
According to TCM, some “Damp Foods” to be avoided are as follows: Dairy Products, Eggs, Pork, Duck, Fatty Meats, Soy products, Wheat, Yeast supplements, excess of fruit (sugar), and types of sugar, bread and bananas. Make sure you check your treats for these ingredients too.
Some items to help relieve “Dampness” are: Ginger (you can get Ginger in an herbal form at a health food store, Oregano (you can get Oregano capsules at a health food store), and Parsley (fresh, minced).
Foods to drain “Dampness” are: Sardines (frozen or packed in water), Mackerel, Tuna, Perch, Rabbit, Asparagus, Cucumber, Celery, Pumpkin, Cranberry, Lemon, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Parsley, Horseradish, Garlic, Green Tea and Raspberry Leaf Tea.
I think you'd be best with a qualified consult. If you are interested, Dr. Daniel King (GREAT guy FULL of information) is a traveling registered vet around IL & IN and does phone consulting. He specializes in TCM. His phone number is: 217-485-3300
If you are unable to find a vet who specializes in TCM here is a TCM formula you can purchase directly for Anal Gland Problems: Anal Glands
I wish you luck in getting this solved.
|10-16-2013 10:19 AM|
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