Anal Gland Issues
Is your pet a scooter?
If your dog is scooting their bottom along the ground, licking or cleaning down there regularly, then it is a sign that there is irritation. Many people think it is from a worm infestation, which if you have not wormed them lately it is definitely worth giving them a dose with our Wiggles. But with worms ruled out the main reason is usually an anal gland problem. Cats and dogs can both suffer this problem, but it is mainly seen in dogs.
Anal glands (or sacs) are two sacs located on either side of the anus, between the internal and external sphincter muscles. They have short ducts that secret an oily brownish fluid that has a very strong odour. This odour is used as a territorial marker and also a lubricant, and is secreted each time the animal defecates.
When an animal is having healthy, regular bowel movements, the sacs are emptied regularly and function properly. But if this is not the case, they can become full and the contents thicken and become harder to pass, this is called impaction. Once they are impacted, they become inflamed and infected. They can also develop an abscess which can burst through the skin lining, a very pain problem for your pet. So when they are scooting along the ground, they are itching the irritation and also it trying to release a bit of the fluid and give some relief.
What can you do?
Getting to know the signs and implementing a few things can significantly help your pet with anal gland problems.
- Diet is usually the top reason for anal gland problems, and feeding a raw diet is best. A diet that is high in bone content, will make the stool firm, so the pet has to put the right amount of pressure into getting stool out, therefore the glands are cleaned on the way. If your pet is not already on a raw diet, google raw feeding or raw meaty bones for ideas.
- Probiotics and Prebiotic are supplements that are good for the digestive system and firming the stool up. Adding things like natural yoghurt, tripe is organ full of good bacteria, kefir and human probiotics are all great sources that can be added to their food
- Regular exercise not only helps to encourage bowel movements but also keeps your pet healthy and strong abdominal and butt muscles will help to put the right amount of pressure on the anal glands.
- Allergies can also be a factor, so treating environmental allergies such as grasses, wandering jew extra, will reduce inflammation in the area. Check out our allergy section to see what we have.
Natural Remedies to help?
In our Tagiwig range we have our Anal GL, this helps with irritated, inflamed and infected anal glands.
Also making a calendula herbal poultice to help reduce inflammation.
Calendula Poultice Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of dried calendula flowers
- 1 cup of boiling water
- Soak the calendula flowers in the boiling water for 30 minutes
- When cooled to warm, wrap the herbs in a cloth and dip into the fluid and press against your dog’s anus. Repeat for 5-10 minutes
- Repeat several times a day until the glands are released and back to normal.
If you have any other questions about your pets anal gland problems, feel free to contact us for a free chat.
Posted: Tue 06 Aug 2019