Q: My 1 1/2 year old Schnoodle has anal gland problems.¬† Is there anything I can do to prevent her from leaking this foul smell?
A: Anal glands are scent glands located around the dog‚Äôs anus which produces a strong smelling, oily secretion.¬† (The anal glands are located at 4 o‚Äôclock and 8 o‚Äôclock around the anus.)¬† ¬†They are supposed to empty when the dog passes stool and the anus is stretched.¬† The most common form of anal sac disease is impaction; other diagnoses are infection, abscess, or neoplasia.¬† Clinical signs are related to pain and discomfort‚ÄĒ scooting, licking and biting at the anal area and painful defecation.
Overweight dogs and small breed dogs are at greater risk.
Anecdotally, a diet that is enhanced in fiber and produces a larger quantity of stool may help the problem of unexpected leaking.¬† For a diet with increased dietary fiber, try Wellness Small Breed Healthy Weight dry kibble.
In addition, your veterinarian may teach you to express canine anal glands manually when full. ¬†Ask at your next wellness check up.
Q: My cat that is eight years old is peeing in her litter box every 15 minutes when she is awake. But only a drop. She seems to feel like she has to pee. And her poop is very small compared to my other cats. What can I do to help her?
A: Your cat is exhibiting signs of lower urinary tract disease.¬† Different types of urinary diseases occur in cats:¬† FIC (feline idiopathic cystitis), urolithiasis, and urethral plugs are the top three.¬† You should schedule an appointment for a health check.¬† After a diagnosis, your vet can help you with nutritional goals and possible environmental enrichment and behavioral management.