Q. My dog suffers from blocked anal glands and they have to be expressed on a monthly basis. Is there anything I can do to alleviate this problem?

A. Most likely not - there no treatment or remedy for impacted anal glands apart from regular checks and expressing them as needed.

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A. Before you would consider surgically removing anal glands I would try adding more fiber to the diet by either changing the food you are currently feeding or adding such foods as canned pumpkin or cooked sweet potato. Also, a probiotic in the diet is another recommendation to help regulate the gastrointestinal tract and possible decrease the filling of the anal glands.

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