Dog Anal Gland Problems? Allergies? Ask A Vet! #3


Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week!

Q. What is the best food or protein to feed for problems with anal glands?

A. Anal gland issues are one the Early Warning Signs of internal imbalance. From the holistic perspective we realize that most problems are caused by the dog trying to heal at a deep level. Therefore the best diet is one most likely to maximize health. Since every animal is different, you may need to experiment with different proportions of meats and vegetables, read some of the wonderful Animal Wellness articles about fresh foods. From my 30 years of holistic practice, I find most dogs are healthiest when fed locally sourced high quality ingredients, just like you would eat. Their digestive systems are geared for raw meaty bones and pureed vegetables. Increasing the fiber with vegetables (not grains) may help, and some find help from adding pureed (or canned) pumpkin to the diet. However, sometimes diet is not sufficient and other holistic approaches are needed.

Q. I have a question about the use of quercetin for a dog with seasonal environmental allergies: should I take it only during my allergy season or year round? Does long-term use decrease effectiveness? Is there any risk of overdose?

A. First, I am so glad you are looking for healthier options. I would encourage you to go to the next step, which is to look for permanent cures, not just symptom relief. When the vibrational energy field is balanced, allergies (for people and animals) completely go away and need no treatments. Until then it is safe for you to take the quercetin (and it works best if given with a great probiotic, bromelain and/or papain, which directly help allergies and help the absorption of the quercetin).

Usually human dosages are based on 125 lb person, but you do not say how many capsules are suggested on the label for a person to take. Many people are taking 500 mg twice a day, so by that measure you need about 145 mg per day. Most dosages I see are about 150 mg for a 20 lb dog, so that seems in the ballpark. Quercetin is safe for the few months of allergy season, so you could have 1/2 capsule twice a day. If it is working you can be given less, and if you are still too itchy you could give more.

Sometimes merely switching to a fresh food diet – your dog would really love that (even with raw meaty bones) or adding coconut oil or a probiotic is enough when your dog is not too itchy, so that could be used most of the year.

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