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Best high fiber food to help with anal gland issues?

Whitney TWhitney T Posts: 7Member
Can anyone suggest a good high fiber diet dog food that could possibly assist with anal gland issues?


  • 100% pure pumpkin! Make sure its not the pumpkin pie mix though. Walmart or your local grocery store has it. It will be a can in the pie section.It works wonders and my chocolate lab loves it. Mix it 60% food to 40% pumpkin. I also mix 20-40 ML of non flavor pedialite in it as well for hydration too. Ask your vet about the pumpkin they will tell you its a good idea. The reason I know is because my 2 years old lab Bella ate my Arthritis hand cream and it put her in a coma. Told me she would always have digestive etc. Problems and mixing this with her food will help. Good luck.
  • Hi Buffy, Not really sure how a high fiber diet will help with anal "gland" issue. Usually the role of fiber is to line the intestinal tract, bulk up and soften stools. But if any general information will help, try browsing my articles on and Good luck!
  • Lisa VaraLisa Vara Posts: 1Member
    Our Chihuahua (10 years old now, 12 lbs.) had anal gland issues, and was having to get them expressed by the vet monthly, sometimes every three weeks. It was uncomfortable for him. This went on for three years. Vet suggested pumpkin, as it has a high fiber content. It is a very good "treat", with lots of fiber, just be sure it is 100% Natural pumpkin, not the one for pies which has added sugars. I give the pumpkin as a treat, in small amounts. As far as Dog Food, we switched him to Grain Free Blue Buffalo Brand Kibble. I have read a lot of information suggesting the anal gland issue can be caused by a food / diet allergy. The difference in our dog was remarkable, and he stopped needing his glands expressed after about one month of the grain free diet. It has been over two years and no problems. I really hope this helps!!!
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