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If you’ve seen your dog scooting across the room on their bottom, it could be a sign of anal sac disease.


Symptoms

  • Scooting

  • Licking or biting their rear end

  • A bad smell

  • Constipation or pain when pooping/sitting

  • Protruding mass around anal area

Dogs have two small pouches on either side of their anus. Anal sac disease begins as an uncomfortable impaction and can progress to an infection or abscess. The rectum in the anus is the last part of the gastrointestinal tract, any underlying disease that influences the gastrointestinal tract can also influence the anal glands. Diet comes into play.

GI issues start in the gut. Feeding an inappropriate diet of processed food causes poor gut health which translates into many issues within the digestive tract.



Anal Gland Impaction - If the gland is not emptying normally, the secretions may become thicker and the gland will distend. This can make the dog uncomfortable, and they will usually begin to scoot and lick. A veterinarian can empty these glands by gently expressing them with a gloved finger. Do not allow your dog groomer to do this! Some dogs need to have their anal glands emptied every month. Small breed dogs seem to have more issues than larger breeds.


Anal Gland Sacculitis - If the gland remains impacted, it may become inflamed, more painful, and invaded by bacteria, starting a true infection. Treatment includes expressing the gland, and the gland may need to be infused with medication. Oral antibiotics are sometimes needed.


Lets talk Diet and How a Raw Diet Can Help

A rotation of broad foods allows for broad nutrition and bone content in raw food is important. A raw food diet has a healing effect on an inflamed or even IBD gut to allow firm stools. Probiotics and fibre supplementation is required.


Pumpkin is a great natural source of fiber, full of vitamins and minerals, and usually dogs love its taste. Never use canned pumpkin. Please boil or steam pumpkin. Depending on what raw food you are feeding you can also add some bone broth to each meal.


Two recommendations of complete raw meals would be our very own Turkeylicious containing Duck, Turkey, Yoghurt, Pumpkin and Spice It Up, Kangaroo and Chicken.

You can find these meals on our website under Raw Dog at www.k9r.org



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It's good for pets and humans but what is it?


Diatomaceous Earth is derived from the fossilised remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called "diatoms" that are formed from microscopic, algae-like plant remains in the earth's surface.


K9 Rawsome uses food grade only and it is added in one of our All Life Stages meal called Popeye. Due to its microscopic sharpness and drying effect, DE can dehydrate the exoskeleton of insects and worms, ultimately killing them.


It can be used externally as well with sprinkling some on coat which helps get rid of fleas and ticks naturally.You can do this by dusting your pets skin with diatomaceous earth. If you have a flea infestation, you’ll also need to sprinkle it on bedding and carpeted areas.


When the razor-sharp particles touch the pests, they pierce the insects’ protective coating.

So the bugs quickly dehydrate and die.

The particles affect larvae in the same way.

Internal Parasites You can control internal parasites like worms by giving diatomaceous earth with food.

It must be food grade though! Diatomaceous earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms in your pet.


It can work in as little as 7 days of daily feeding.

But, to be most effective, you should feed for at least 30 days. That’ll make sure you get rid of all newly hatching eggs. And it will catch the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. Note: Diatomaceous earth works for intestinal worms. It will not kill heartworms.


Food Supplement

Diatomaceous earth is full of minerals like:

  • magnesium

  • silicon