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Old 04-10-2007, 04:30 AM
Kathy29 Kathy29 is offline
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Default Allergies + High Fiber

I am completely stumped as to what to do with Jemma's diet. We went to see the vet today because of a ruptured anal gland she has. I did some research on the web just now as to what may contribute to things like this and came across a few sites that mention dogs should be on a high fiber diet to minimize chances of ruptured anal glands.

She is currently on Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice because I suspect she is allergic to chicken. I can't be sure on that, but she kept on getting ear infections and ever since feeding her diets made of turkey or (now) venison, her infections have disappeared. NB has a minimum of 3% fiber and so does Innova.

She was on a prepackaged raw diet for about 1.5 years before Natural Balance and she almost had no health problems then, but her breath really stunk despite the fact that I brushed her teeth nightly. The vet said that whatever she was eating, she wasn't digesting properly, so I switched her over.

Any suggestions as to what I can feed her? Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:42 AM
Herschel Herschel is offline
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You could switch back to raw and make sure you give her enough RMBs to clean her teeth.

What did you use to treat the ear infections? I tried the stuff from my vet's office and it just made things worse. Blue Power Wash cleared Herschel's ears up within a month and now I only clean them once/month and nothing comes out--no gunk at all.

I believe the anal gland issue is usually controlled by firm, healthy stools. Canidae has a maximum of 4***37; fiber but I'm not sure about their minimum. You could contact them for more information. http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
I believe their nutritionist is named Lois.
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