Q: My 1 1/2 year old Schnoodle has anal gland problems.Â Is there anything I can do to prevent her from leaking this foul smell?
A: Anal glands are scent glands located around the dogâ€™s anus which produces a strong smelling, oily secretion.Â (The anal glands are located at 4 oâ€™clock and 8 oâ€™clock around the anus.)Â Â They are supposed to empty when the dog passes stool and the anus is stretched.Â The most common form of anal sac disease is impaction; other diagnoses are infection, abscess, or neoplasia.Â Clinical signs are related to pain and discomfortâ€” 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.Â 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. Â 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.Â Different types of urinary diseases occur in cats:Â FIC (feline idiopathic cystitis), urolithiasis, and urethral plugs are the top three.Â You should schedule an appointment for a health check.Â After a diagnosis, your vet can help you with nutritional goals and possible environmental enrichment and behavioral management.