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.
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS
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.