ANAL SCENT GLANDS!

by Sue Humphreys
(Staffordshire, U.K.)

I have a pretty little JRT girl who is now 3 and half yrs old. She has had problems with her anal glands for about 2 and a half years on & off. She doesn't 'scrape' her bottom on carpets like most dogs, she makes a sudden dash, as if something has just bitten her on the bum, with tail tucked in very tight (she has normal long tail). She always appears to be in alot of discomfort. Trouble is, I take her to vets who express her glands, and its not always the case that they are full! Then a few days later she starts darting about again so we have to go back to vets only to find out she has infection & has to go on antibiotics! I've read that its not good to have this done all the time as it weakens the glands! I've asked about removing them & the vets say its a

very last resort. She's had all kinds of tests done when it all began & it was decided she had some sort of allergy & has been on hypoallergenic food since. Still, it continues to happen!! Has anyone got any help/advice please??? Or has anyones JRT had the same problem?

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Aug 07, 2011
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Psyllium Husks
by: Sue

Hi and thanks again. I've already googled and it never ceases to amaze me what you can actually find out on the internet! Ive been reading all about it and it sounds good, might even try it myself!! Lol. I will check with our Vet first for Roxy, not me, haha. You've been most helpful and I really appreciate your help and advice. I'm loving Jack Russell Lover.com

Aug 07, 2011
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Psyllium husk powder
by: Anonymous

Hi Sue,
Just saw your picture of Roxy in her raincoat. Very cute little princess.
I believe if you google Psyllium Husk Powder you should be able to find it (obviously check with your Vet first before trying). You can also add some cooked veggies for fiber as well.

Hope this helps!

Aug 06, 2011
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Anal Scent Glands
by: Sue, Staffordshire U.K.

Hi and thank you so much for your advice, it's very much appreciated. I did try the elimination diet and we managed to narrow it down to what she is ok eating and her main food now is Salmon and Potato in solid nugget form. I was buying both my JRTs the occasional chew to help with their teeth, Ziggy seems to be the very tolerant one as regards food and can eat anything but Roxy obviously can not! It seems she can have the very occasional one and be fine but then all of a sudden she gets a problem again, I've now decided to abandon the chews & treats. I don't let them have any dairy products as that is something my Vet did advise me on.
I'm particularly interested in the 'adding fibre to her diet'. Sometimes her stools are very tiny and possibly not encouraging her glands to empty fully!
I am going to make enquiries as to where I can obtain the psyllium husks or the human grade bonemeal. That sounds very positive to me and makes perfectly good sense!
Thank you so much, I will keep you posted.

Jul 28, 2011
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Jack Russell Anal Glands
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
Those anal glands sure can be pesky. Continuous issues can be a sign of food allergies. I know you said that your dog is on a hypoallergenic diet. Have you tried an elimination diet? Soy, corn, beef, eggs and dairy products are frequently the culprits in diet-associated canine allergies but also check certain chew toys, rawhide, treats for dyes that may trigger sensitivities. Also, talk to your vet about adding fiber to the diet such as 1 teaspoon daily of psyllium husks or human-grade bone-meal supplement to bulk up stools (which will decrease irritation on the glands). Another option is to make your own food for your pup.....not as hard as it sounds :-)
Keep us posted!

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