I have been using a product called Vetasyl by Virbac Animal Health. I get it from my vet. It is pricey, and I would like to know if I could buy less expensive psyllium (unflavored) somewhere. It's for my Chihuahua's anal-gland problem. It works well and eliminates a gland-cleaning office call.
B.C., Boynton Beach, FL Oct 25, 2010
Psyllium husks (not the seeds) are an excellent bulk laxative and, as you have discovered, thanks to your veterinarian, help eliminate the need to have your little dog's anal glands periodically expressed. It is important that the dog drinks plenty of water and that the husks are mixed in with wet food. Otherwise, the dog could become constipated. The nutritional-supplement section of most grocery and health-food stores stock this product. Shop around, and compare prices.
Also, if your dog's stools become too dry, an occasional teaspoon of olive or flaxseed oil will help. Repeated squeezing of dogs' anal glands to empty them out when they are hyperactive or become blocked can cause damage to the glandular tissues and make the problem worse. So expert advice and experienced, gentle treatment are called for to deal with this all-too-common canine malady. In many instances, there is an underlying food allergy, as also with some chronic ear and skin conditions that clear up with a change in allergenic dietary ingredients. For details, visit my website at DrFoxVet.com/info/.
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