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Post by Aljc434 on Wed Dec 19 2018, 16:48

Hello Everyone! Ive been away from the forum a while and am back catching up, so many lovely staffies!

Just a quick query - smudge is on a dry diet, which generally suits him and me fine, he also gets carrots (he LOVES them) as a wee treat and the vet told me this would be good to bulk up stools and hopefully deal with the anal gland issue in the natural way - I have had his glands expressed once six months ago and they need doing again I think.

Does anyone know if there is something else I can add to his food or do, that would help them be expressed as nature intended, or would I have to change his diet altogether?

Other than the occasional itch with this, he's a happy wee boy and I love him to bits!
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Post by gillybrent on Wed Dec 19 2018, 18:04

You could try putting the veg through a blender - or, easier still, get some frozen doggie veg nuggets from a pet store (Pets at Home or Kennelgate).

Other than that, Psyllium Husk can help, but you need to be careful with the dosage.

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Post by Aljc434 on Wed Dec 19 2018, 18:07

Ah ok, I'll look into that - I do see bits of carrot in the poo - I just give him them whole, he flings them, around for a while then eats them - helps clean his teeth too Big Grin

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Post by gillybrent on Wed Dec 19 2018, 21:38

Yes, carrots are great for that, but they can't digest veg unless it's either cooked or pulped/blended.

If it's blended it'll go through him easier & bind with the meat to make his poo larger & slightly softer. That way his glands should work better & empty each time he toilets.

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Post by Aljc434 on Thu Dec 20 2018, 07:24

Thanks for the advice, I'll try that thumbs up
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