I have a problem. Or should I say O J has the problem, but since he can’t solve it for himself I have to make a decision for him.
OJ’s anal glands have been filling up really quickly recently. He’s only needed them emptied once in two years, but a few times in the last few months. Its very gross, and very very painful. The vets doing it, i’m feeling sick and O J lies down on the floor in pain. Obviously I need to do something about it soon, as its not helping the fear of going to the vet that he already has anyway.
The kennel supervisor in Cork said that this can be caused by a lack of fibre in their diet, and to try a couple of things first: giving him a carrot daily, or putting a handful of bran in his food. This will make his poo firmer and prevent the glands from filling up.
If these didn’t work she suggested changing his food or having his glands removed completely. I don’t know much about the latter, but apparently its not a big deal. I was hoping that the food wouldn’t be what’s causing this, as I think his food works well for him. The hastle of getting him used to a different type, and making sure he’s not sick or going to the toilet when he’s not meant too etc sounds like a pain. If the food is causing the problem then I’m obviously happy to change it.
My aunt is a yoga teacher and kenesiologist, among many things. She does food tests for people to see what they are alergic too, and believes in herbal remedies and alternative medecin for treatment. She often tested their cats, dogs and horses and treated them this way, and has offered to test OJ sometime.
I mentioned the anal glands to her the other day, and she wants to test him in a few weeks when she gets back from a course. It can’t do him any harm, and will be interesting to see what comes out of it. She can see if his food agrees with him, and maybe it just needs something simple like a herb added.
She was surprised at the bran suggestion, and completely against having his glands removed, but she avoids doctors like the plague anyway, so that’s not surprising. I thought this could be the best option, if its not a big job and won’t affect his work too much. If its a lifelong problem that I can do something about then I want to help.
So now I don’t know what to do. I’m going to have him tested anyway just out of interest. I wonder in general, should more natural products be used to treat animals when possible? Sometimes when you go to the vet with a problem, the dog is injected with something or other straight away, and I sometimes wonder if there’s a more natural way of treating this? Does anyone have any suggestions as to waht I could do?
On a completely different note, I walked to town to leave our Spanish student to his friends house earlier. He took Dougal and I took OJ, or should that be OJ took me! Anyway I was meeting my mum in my aunts, so when Javier went to his friends I had to walk with both dogs up the town and down to her house. I got stopped so many times, as I’d imagine both dogs attracted a bit more attention. It was freezing, so I wasn’t really in the mood to stop and chat. I’ll have to leave taking Dougal into town for sunny days, if there are such things in Ireland.
Currently reading: Keane: the autobiography
Currently listening to: REM live at the Olympia, thanks to an unline friend who sent me two limited addition REM cds in the post. I was only expecting one so was delighted. The Olympia one is brilliant, especially if you like your old REM tunes. If your expecting ‘everybody hurts’ and ‘losing my religion’ and all the hits you’ll be disappointed.