Today I wanted to share how I found the right natural dog food for our Husky! If you are not comfortable talking about puppy dog booties, I’m gonna need you to go move along to the next post because this is not for you! 😉 Sassy had a terrible anal gland issue for a few months as a puppy. I researched information extensively online about it, but there wasn’t a ton online about it, so today I’m sharing what we did to solve our dog’s anal gland issues in hopes it helps someone else!
Consulting Our Vet
When Sassy was about 3-4 months old she started having problems with her anal glands. It was terrible. Her crate was stinky, our couch was stinky, and she was stinky!
We took her to the vet and had her anal glands emptied. That only solved the problem temporarily because it happened again. Her glands kept getting full and we’d have to take her back again. I researched online that some dogs just had this problem but it was getting to the point that we were having to do it every other week, not even making it that long occasionally.
We consulted our vet but he said that we could just keep getting them emptied, but that if it continued on too long, she may have to have surgery.
I did NOT want her to have surgery and was very against it because of all the potential issues that it can lead to. That’s when I went ‘crazy dog mom’ and started researching about anal gland issues online, especially when it came to those problems and dog food.
Switching Dog Food
Sassy was on Puppy Chow at first when we brought her home. I switched her to Blue Buffalo Puppy food when I didn’t care for the Puppy Chow ingredient list. However, it was about at this time when things were coming out about Blue Buffalo and I just wasn’t feeling good about it anymore.
I read pumpkin was good for natural anal gland expression and firming things up, so I found some on Chewy and we tried it out. It helped!
We both knew that it shouldn’t be happening. So as a last-ditch effort, I Googled “best natural dog food for anal gland problems” and about one hundred other similar phrases. Like I said, there is just NOT a lot out there about this.
I managed to dig up a post on a forum where someone suggested finding food with more fiber. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that before, but I that had the highest fiber content possible.
This food has been a lifesaver!! It was only about a week before we noticed that fish butt smell was gone! We were so thankful. An added bonus has been that her coat looks even healthier now that she’s been on this food for over a year.
I know some other Husky parents have had anal gland trouble with their furbabies too so I hope it helps them. There were way too many risks for the surgery for me! I’m happy we were able to find the answer with a fiber-rich, grain-free natural dog food.