anyone have issues with a lab every couple months having gland issues? if so, any advice on how to stop it? i read diet is a big deal. thanks
The diet doesn't make the anal glands stink. Softer stools due to a lack of fiber or other various reasons cause them to not express themselves naturally. They should be naturally expressed when the dog squats and strains to push out solid stool.
With that said - one of our labs is a "walker" - meaning he's too ADD to slow down, stop, and take the time to poop (perfectly good solid stool..he just ain't got time for that). This causes the anal glads to not get fully expressed. Usually they'll decide to express themselves A. in the middle of the night with his butt in our face on the bed B. Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other important family function C. at any other inopportune time.
It's really no big deal if they're expressing themselves on their own. Your vet may teach you how to express them if you ask - it isn't very hard to do - but the more you manually express them - the more you're going to have to manually express them.