|01-22-2014 10:02 AM|
bones is diarrhea - my dog cannot digest marrow in long bones. Knuckles will last a long time, shouldn't splinter, it exercises a bunch of muscles and cleans teeth.
May want to limit amount of time at a sitting - some on here suggest 20 mins. I take a bone away when I notice getting tired.
You may have to do some bum clean up, the licking could be grooming turned to irritation, which leads to more grooming. If seems irritated, make a little compress of raw organic apple cider vinegar (50/50 solution with water) and cleanse. Will kill bacteria - may have slight burn to it at first, but then cools inflammation
|01-22-2014 02:36 AM|
|Chip18||Man if your not careful you really do learn something new everyday!|
|01-22-2014 01:34 AM|
|llombardo||I used to of it at the vets when I worked there. I haven't done it with any of my own. I would just like go have all anal glands removed on all of them .|
|01-22-2014 12:19 AM|
Ok, I don't think I am ready to go full blown raw feeding. I am, however, not opposed to giving a dog a bone. I know from reading that raw bones are best and not cooked. What type of bone/s would you recommed for a dog that don't eat a raw diet on a regular basis?
I won't lie the whole idea of him eating a raw bone makes me nervous and my wife will have a mental break down and swear I am going to kill the dog, so help me out here.
|01-21-2014 11:06 PM|
Don't mess w/his bum
Give him a bone
Holistic approach to anal gland problems in dogs
You can create problems - little tears that can become infected and then you will end up on abx. and then on the pharma and vet cycle of drugs, food changes, allergy tests, steroids and back round again.
Give your dog a bone.
Switch to raw.
|01-21-2014 10:38 PM|
|marbury||Sunflowers, I'm afraid that's not entirely accurate. But proper diet and auto-elimination is of course ideal.|
|01-21-2014 09:57 PM|
If you mess with anal glands, they lose their elasticity and then they need to be expressed all the time, because the dog will lose the ability to do it on his own. Anal glands need to squirt with every bowel movement.
If the dog does not get enough exercise or the poops are too soft, they can't do this, and then the secretions become too thick.
We had some problems when Hans had loose stools.
I had excellent success with a product called Anal Glandz.
You put some drops in warm water, dip a cotton cosmetic oval in the solution, and hold the warm compress to the butt for as long as the dog will let you.
The solution softens the secretions and helps them get it out.
Feeding bones such as turkey necks also helps.
|01-21-2014 09:50 PM|
The external method was what I was reading instructions for. I agree don't think I want to go with the internal way, I will leave that to the pro's if needed.
|01-21-2014 09:36 PM|
Some I have to take in, some do it themselves, and some I do myself. I have a 14 y/o who needed at least once a month for most of his life. Now he has a tumor in his anal gland and needs it every few weeks.
If you're doing it at home I recommend the external version, unless you have a helper. Most dogs aren't fond of having a finger or two in places they shouldn't be and it can get dicey without a spotter.
|01-21-2014 09:32 PM|
|volcano||They shouldnt need it, and to do it too often or halfway can cause serious issues. My girl needed it once due to soft stools for a week or two, she couldnt express. She was scooting on her butt after pooping. I brought her to the groomer and they said that they were full. She hasnt needed it since and now im better at changing the diet to more bone if the poop is loose.|
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