Every day, I give her boiled chicken, green beans, dry food, her multivitamin (half of an adult tablet) and garlic juice, which she gets only in the morning. I can’t figure out what is upsetting her stomach so often. I have caught her eating bunny and squirrel feces in the yard, but she doesn’t get an upset stomach every time.
She loves raw pasta. I give her maybe 12 pieces of the no-yolk kind a day. The only other thing she will get is Pup-Peroni,which we give her when we leave the house as positive reinforcement. Is there anything else I could add to her diet to cause her to not want to eat the feces?
My other question concerns her anal glands: I have to take care of them once a month, like clockwork, and they are usually full. You mentioned something about an allergy or intolerance. The dry food I buy is Purina One with lamb, rice and soft morsels in it. Is that why she can’t release her anal glands on her own?
G.S., Cedar Hill, Mo.
DF: If you are giving your dog the garlic juice on an empty stomach, that could be the problem. I would cut out this supplement, as well as the snacks, and gradually switch her to my home-prepared diet, which is on my Web site, www.drfoxvet.
com. You might also try my buckwheat dog treat recipe.
Many manufactured pet foods contain various food industry byproducts and other ingredients not always listed on the label. Food hypersensitivity can manifest itself as chronic ear and/or anal gland disease.
I would certainly avoid any manufactured food that contains genetically modified ingredients such as corn and soy. Consider gradually putting her on a raw food diet, such as Bravo or some of the whole-food and organic dog foods listed on my Web site.
The eating of animal waste might indicate a nutritional deficiency, so she might benefit from a daily teaspoon of brewer’s yeast and a probiotic supplement in her food. You can use live bacteria-rich organic plain yogurt or kefir as a backup.
Dear Dr. Fox:
You often get letters from people whose cats have symptoms of feline urinary syndrome. I had a cat that displayed those symptoms and, although no stones ever had to be removed, I drove to the emergency hospital late at night more than once because I thought he would not live until morning.
I came across a book about cats and vitamin C, and the vet who wrote it suggested giving sodium ascorbate to cats for feline urinary syndrome. Sodium ascorbate, as you know, is vitamin C buffered with salt for easier digestion.
The book even gave recommended quantities, based on the cat’s weight. I gave my 12-pound cat one-eighth teaspoon mixed into his moist food every day for the rest of his life, and he never had any more problems with feline urinary syndrome. I found a vet who, when I told her I was giving my cat sodium ascorbate, said, “Good idea; keeps the urine nice and acidic.”