Simba has a sensitive stomach. I always know when she has experienced a stressful event because she will either vomit or have loose bowels. She suffers from constipation and hemorrhoids since she was a puppy. German Shorthaired Pointers are very intuitive she can sense how I’m feeling and what my emotions are. The poor dog also mirrors my stress. I needed to find a way to keep her regular. She would get constipated and then end up with hemorrhoids. The irregularity also caused impacted anal glands on a monthly basis. I finally asked the vet to show me how to relieve the anal glands which although gross is not difficult to do. I also looked it up online to get every possible scenario. As I did my research I found that keeping her regular would help minimize these two ailments. I started giving her a table spoon of pure, natural canned pumpkin in her food. She loved it. I loved it too because that was the last time she had either problem. I keep a close eye on her if she starts to get constipated I up the pumpkin a bit or add bran to her dog food. I found that rawhide chew really constipated her, so I stopped giving them to her. For a list of other healthy snack ideas see the “Dog Snacks” page.