Infection abscess and ulcerations, blockage, or just irritation in anal glands for all species.
- Regular bowel movements for your pet.
- Anal Glands blocked, abscess, infection.
- Often seen in canines, than cats.
- Chronic or acute inflammation.
(the sacs become filled and cannot empty) is uncommon and occurs when the sacs fail to empty normally. This may happen if the small ducts are plugged by their pasty secretions. Often, it is not recognized until the infection is present. Some complications that may occur from anal gland impaction include infection and abscess
Acute or chronic inflammation
Can happen, with constant suppuration or continuously blocked with or without abscess, or it may just be red and irritated. Often you will see your pet lick the anus as it would be sore and irritated. Sometimes scooting along the carpet or on grassy areas.
1. Anal Gland 30ml
Homeopathic Medical Uses
E.G. homeopathic Hepar Sulph aids suppuration, clears abscess, boils, carbuncles, glandular swellings, constipation or loose stools, hemorrhoids, Aesculus Hipp used for in this case are for any or prevention of - anal problems, hemorrhoids, constipation, raw anus, sore. Causticum cramps in the rectum, anus prolapse, fistula and pulsation and pain in the perineum, partial paralysis of the rectum, constipation with frequent ineffectual urging. Echinacea for abscess, boils, blood poisoning, carbuncles, gangrene, ulcers.
2. Chia Seeds 100gm packet
This helps prevent constipation and helps the pet be more regular so the reoccurring infection does not continue which often causes anal impactions. When chia seeds absorb water, they take on a gel-like consistency. This may help with optimal stool formation, in other words, keeping stools moister and easy to pass. In addition, much of the fiber in chia seeds is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is thought to be the more tolerable form of fiber for people who have IBS. This helps prevent constipation and helps the pet be more regular so the reoccurring infection does not continue which often causes anal impactions.
Dogs have a pair of small glands on either side of the anus, just under the tail. These glands (also called sacs) contain a smelly, oily fluid that smells a lot like skunk. Nobody really knows why those glands are there, but they might help lubricate your dog’s stools and they might even carry pheromones, which are chemicals dogs and other animals can use to communicate.
Normally, when your dog poops, some of the liquid gets squeezed out of the glands as a result of pressure in the colon. But sometimes the glands don’t empty properly (for example, if dogs continually have soft stools).
If the anal glands don’t have a chance to empty, the fluid can build up. This is called impaction. When anal glands become impacted, they can become irritated and even infected and you’ll start to see your dog scooting across the floor, dragging his bum to try to get some relief. He might even successfully empty some of the fluid and you’ll get a whiff of that skunky odor!
If the impaction remains and the glands aren’t emptied (and we’ll talk about how you can help your dog empty his glands in a bit), the anal glands can become infected and eventually even abscess (they’ll form a painful pus pocket which could rupture).
So how do you know if your dog has anal gland problems?
What Do Dog’s Anal Gland Problems Look Like?
Here are some common signs that your dog has irritated anal glands:
- Scooting their butt on the ground
- Licking or biting at it
- Red swollen anal area
- Sitting uncomfortably
Most of the time, you’ll catch anal gland problems early on when you see these symptoms and you’ll be able to help your dog express the glands before they become impacted.
Here are some of the steps you can take in the early stages to prevent big problems down the road … and some of the things you shouldn’t do.
DO … Feed A Raw Diet
One of the most common causes of a dog’s anal gland problems is diet. Kibble diets mean mushy stools that don’t force the glands to empty.
Many vets will recommend a high fiber diet to attempt to firm up the soft stools that commercial dog foods can create … but a raw diet that includes bone content will do it much more effectively.
When dogs eat a meal that’s higher in bone content, such as chicken backs or turkey necks, the result is a small but hard stool. This firm stool pushes against the anal glands when your dog poops, causing the glands to empty.
Giving your dog probiotics and prebiotics can help firm up stools.
Exercise Your Dog
Make sure your dog gets plenty of walks. Regular exercise will strengthen his rectal and abdominal muscles, allowing them to put more pressure on the anal glands. Exercise also helps encourage bowel movements and gives your dog the opportunity to poop more often.
Food allergies and sensitivities can be a common cause of your dog’s anal gland issues … and if you don’t address the allergies, the anal glands will continue to be irritated. Environmental allergies can also lead to anal gland issues.
DON’T … Express Your Dog’s Anal Glands
Expressing anal glands means manually squeezing them to remove the fluid. Some groomers and vets do this routinely … and they may tell you to do it yourself too.
Don’t do it and don’t let your groomer or vet do it either! When you drop your dog off at the groomer, make sure to tell them you don’t need this service.
Contrary to what they may tell you, your dog shouldn’t need to have his anal glands expressed. All that repeated squeezing and pinching can cause even more inflammation, swelling and injury. Regular expressing also makes the anal glands dependent on that squeezing … and eventually they’ll stop working on their own.
DON’T … Remove The Glands
Sometimes when dogs have chronic anal gland infections, vets will recommend removing the glands altogether. This is a really bad idea as it can cause permanent damage to the anal sphincter and stop the body from cleansing itself. Toxins that would normally be secreted through the anal glands get driven deeper into your dog’s body and can cause other health issues.
Treating Impacted Anal Glands
If you try the above steps and your dog is still scooting and the glands seem painful, it might be time to try the below remedies.
Here are two proven home remedies for your dog’s anal gland problems …
Silica is an excellent homeopathic remedy you can use when your dog needs a little help to empty his glands. Silica helps the body expel both foreign objects and fluids such as pus and excretions.
You can help relieve anal gland problems by making a warm compress with warm salt water.
- Put a teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water.
- Add 8 drops of Calendula tincture to the mixture.
- Pour it onto a cloth and hold it against the inflamed area until it feels cool to the touch.
- Repeat the process every hour until the swelling goes down or until the glands open and drain.
You don’t have to let your dog’s anal gland problems get out of hand. These simple remedies can help fix and prevent your dog’s painful bottom and put an end to the scooting.