I hate to admit this, but Olivia suffers from this embarrassing condition. She’s a scooter. Her anal glands continually need to be expressed. It makes her so uncomfortable that she scoots her little derriere on the carpet, tile and even the pavement to feel better.
Until recently, I took her to the veterinarian every 6-8 weeks to have her glands emptied and believe me when I say, Olivia was not happy with this routine. I’m explaining our situation because I knew I had to find another way to help her. That led to meeting the people at Herbsmith® during a pet blogging conference and being introduced to Scooter’s Butt Bar™.
Herbsmith has taught me more than I thought I could ever know about bowel and anal health in dogs. I liked their education and herbal products so much that I have added them as my latest sponsor.
Why do some dogs scoot?
Dogs have an anal sac (gland) on either side of their anus. These are small pouches that are filled with a thick brown, oily fluid that often has a fishy smell. The purpose of the anal sacs is much like that of a skunk. The material is released to mark a dog’s scent or in times of self-defense.
Most dogs are able to squeeze out the fluid from the glands when they poop, but for others it poses a problem. These dogs are not able to completely empty their anal sac. This can happen in both paralyzed and able-bodied pups.
That means the fluid sits in the glands for long periods of time. It can become dry and cause the sacs to plug (impacted). Dogs become uncomfortable and scoot to release the pressure. If left untreated, impacted anal glands can turn into a medical problem like an infection or an abscess.
How Scooter’s Butt Bar helps
The ingredients in Scooter’s Butt Bar adds soluble fiber to a dog’s diet which improves the digestive tract by keeping the bowels in tip top (or tip bottom) condition.
Although Olivia eats a healthy diet, she could benefit from added fiber. She has been eating two Scooter’s Butt Bar biscuits a day. Nearly a month later, I am happy to report that her scoot time is slowing down.
Olivia loves the taste of the biscuits. She has no idea she is eating pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, psyllium husks, lentils, cinnamon and diatomaceous earth.
Here is a cute video from Herbsmith that shows why some dogs scoot.
Bladder Care for dogs and cats
After I found Scooter’s Butt Bar, I discovered other products that can benefit dogs and cats with mobility problems. I will be introducing them in the coming months. One herbal blend jumped out at me and I want to share it now. It is called Bladder Care™. I thought it was an important supplement to write about because so many pet parents face recurring urinary tract infections with their incontinent dogs and cats.
Bladder Care is made from natural ingredients like D-mannose, cranberry, and herbs that support a healthy urinary tract. The supplement is based on Chinese principles that keep the pH in the bladder normal. Chinese medicine considers UTIs, urinary crystals and stones to be “damp heat” which upsets the delicate environment in the bladder. The formula in Bladder Care is designed to “cool” off the heat and calm the urinary tract. All of the forumlas from Herbsmith are based on Chinese and holistic medicine.
Meet the veterinarian who founded Herbsmith
Chris Bessent, D.V.M. is a pretty impressive woman. She is a holistic veterinarian who uses Chinese herbs, acupuncture, food therapy and chiropractic techniques for her patients. After more than a decade of developing herbal formulas in her practice, Dr. Bessent put her knowledge toward starting Herbsmith. Today, all pet parents can take advantage of her work.
Dr. Bessent continues her practice in Southeastern Wisconsin where she treats horses and dogs. In addition, she teaches Chinese veterinary medicine to veterinary students, veterinarians and horse and dog owners.
Dr. Bessent has earned degrees in:
· Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
· Master Degree of Oriental Medicine
And she has earned these certifications:
· Certified in Veterinary Chiropractic
· Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture
· Certified in Veterinary Herbology
· Diplomat of Oriental Medicine
A special discount to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog
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You will receive a discount on the purchase you make today and on every Herbsmith purchase you make in the future.
I hope you’ll hop over to the Herbsmith website to learn about their products. In the meantime, I will be introducing another herbal supplement every month. I’ll have nutritional information to share and hopefully we’ll get Dr. Bessent to write a post about caring for a paralyzed pet.