The best diet for anal gland problems in dogs

What’s the best food or protein to feed for anal gland problems in dogs? Take a look.

Anal gland problems are one the early warning signs of an internal imbalance in dogs. From a holistic perspective, we realize that most health issues 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, and read some 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.

1. Raw, meaty bones

Your dog’s digestive system is geared for raw meaty bones. Start transitioning raw into his diet slowly and see how he reacts. Chances are, his anal gland problems will resolve themselves!

2. Pureed vegetables

Because dogs’ digestive systems don’t contain the enzymes necessary to break down the cell walls of plants, it’s important to lightly steam and puree them for easier digestion. Pureed vegetables help to increase the fiber content in your dog’s diet, especially foods like pumpkin and peas. There are many fruits and veggies you can share with your canine companion, so head to your local farmer’s market and grab a few to try!


Veterinarian Dr. Christina Chambreau graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980. She is a founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, was on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathic Summer School and has been the holistic modality adjunct faculty liaison for the Maryland Veterinary Technician Program. Dr. Chambreau is author of Healthy Animal’s Journal, co-author of the Homeopathic Repertory: A Tutorial, and former Associate Editor of IVC Journal.