The Truth About Dog Food & How Much You Really Spend!

Dog Nutrition Advice

The costs of different diets can be very surprising. Premium diets often have a similar, if not cheaper, daily cost because they are dense, so less is needed to make your pet feel full. Buying the largest bag of food also works out at a lower cost per kg so, while it’s more expensive at the time, it’s cheaper overall and well worth saving for. If you have a hyperactive hound, you could consider the ‘active’ diets.

Brief calculations for a 15kg dog shows eating an un-named veterinary product could cost $2 a day, compared to $2.30 a day for an un-named dog roll. The veterinary nurses at clinics are usually trained in nutrition, so pop in to your usual veterinarian to do some maths for your dog and see if you are really saving.

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This feature is for general enquiries ONLY.

Submit your question in the box below and an expert will respond to you. This feature is for general enquiries ONLY, and it can be used as a guide when making decisions about your dogs diet. If your dog shows clear signs of physical deterioration, yeast infections, skin allergies or any uncharacteristic behaviour, poor appetite, vomiting or diarrhea take your dog to your family vet for a full examination.

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Q: My Dog Has Blocked Anal Glands



Hi, I feed my 5 year old Fox Terrior/Maltese cross raw meet 3- 4 times a week. The rest of the time she has chicken or dog roll. She would get at least 4 bones a week, every morning I give her 4 Hills dental biscuits. She seems really healthy and has a lot of energy but keeps getting blocked anal glands which at times become infected so has had quite a few doses of antibiotics which make her lethargic. Is there any change I can make to her diet that would help this problem? Linda.

Blocked anal glands can be a big problem for dogs. There are many factors which can affect them, with diet being one of these. When dogs poo, the anal glands are expressed so if the stools are too hard or too soft, they may not express properly. Adding original flavour Metamucil (approx. ½-1 teaspoon morning and night for a Fox Terrior/Maltese) may be beneficial, however it sounds like the general diet may need to be examined.
Raw feeding needs to be well-planned and balanced to avoid potential health problems. The theory of raw feeding involves having a low stomach pH so that the food can be digested. Due to this, the advocates of raw feeding are strongly against mixing raw feeding with other diets. They actually list anal gland problems as a potential result of inappropriate raw feeding. I always recommend that raw feeding is done through Raw Essentials. They have a vet called Lyn who may be able to assist with formulating a diet to assist with anal gland expression.
If you do not want to go to solely raw feeding, I would recommend changing to one diet to test whether this results in an improvement. It may be beneficial to try a diet with a ‘novel protein’ (a protein your dog hasn’t had before) and low/no grains or alternatively a hypoallergenic diet. This is because allergies can also affect the anal glands. Your veterinarian should be able to guide you further about an appropriate diet.
Surgery is available to remove the anal glands, but it is not undertaken lightly, so you should discuss this with your veterinarian due to the potential risk of incontinence. This is usually considered a last resort.
Hope this helps!
Erin Dowler (veterinarian).

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Erin Dowler
Erin Dowler

Hi, I’m Erin Dowler. I grew up in Takapuna, with my sights firmly set on becoming a veterinarian. Sesame, my cat pictured, was a daily inspiration. I am now a proud member of The Strand Veterinarian, where we aim to treat every pet as our own.

The relationship between an owner and their dog is indescribable. Life just wouldn’t be the same without a wagging tail to greet you. Dante, my beloved big greyhound, puts a smile on my face every day and gifts me his infectious enthusiasm for life.

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