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Hi I have a 16 1/2 yr old border terrier, she has always had to have her glands expressed around every six months for as long as I can remember.  She has been fed burns food nearly all her life, as I thought it was a good quality food for her, and tbh she's doing well for her age.  I had to change her food to home cooked, as she had to have dental work , she had an awful build up of plaque (my fault for not brushing her teeth, and from years of eating dry kibble), and she was struggling with the burns food, i attempted raw, but she wouldn't entertain it.  To try cut a long story a bit shorter, I researched and continue to do so for home cooked food, I also have a 14 yr old Lakeland x border and a rescue lurcher around 10 yr old. Apart from being constantly exhausted from cooking and washing dishes, I thought I was doing ok, although I have to admit, I worry about getting it all right , and the three of them seem to show sensitivities to different things.  I'm happy to continue to cook for them, I wonder if any one else is successfully home cooking, or if anyone can recommend a good book or guide I start to drown on the internet sometimes.  Back to the anal glands, visited vet today, and glands had to be expressed again as were full and infected, this is only 10 days after being emptied and after finishing a her fourth course of antibiotics in same amount of months.  Vet suggested booking her in once a week to have them expressed and put her on a 10 day course of antibiotics.  I'm very stressed and worried about my old girl, one reason is it's very uncomfortable and stressful for her at vet, and I realise it's not particularly good for them to have glands expressed often, and secondly they have given same antibiotics she had last four times.  Her urine sample was diluted, indicating her kidneys could be struggling and her blood test was on high side,of normal. Dietary advice is to reduce protein in her diet and add bran to her food.  If this doesn't clear the infection up, vet considering having her anethatised and her glands flushed, which is risky at her age.  She is a very stressful little worrier, I gave her a weeks course of lindbell digestive plus pro biotics after her last lot of antibiotics, and it really seemed to help her she was more relaxed and happier in herself, but now she's turning her nose up if I try to add it to her food.  She's still a very active little dog and I was hoping she be around for a good few more years, so any help will be very much appreciated.  X

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