Dog Anal Glands

Ever had to deal with impacted dog anal glands and that awful smell? Did you know expressing them may create dependence? How about a natural cure?

Canine anal glands are small sac-like glands on either side of the anus which secretes their particular scent.

These glands are probably what dogs are smelling when they sniff each others behinds.

They are used along with urine to mark territory and are designed to empty naturally during defecation.

Anal Gland Problems in Dogs

When they don't empty naturally, it can hurt. Your dog may drag his butt along the floor trying to express it himself or sit gingerly off to the side to avoid pressure when they become impacted or inflamed.

The poor diet of dogs who eat commercial pet food has much to do with the impaction and infection of these tiny glands. Lacking nutrients and the right kind of fiber contribute to the problem while expressing manually may contribute as well.

Expressing Dog Anal Glands

The vet will empty these glands completely to make the dog more comfortable, but emptying them completely creates a problem. Why? Nature did not mean for them to be empty. By forcing a complete evacuation of the glands, it signals the body to fill them again!

You are now in a vicious cycle.

Your dog stinks. You give him a bath and he still smells. Ah, you realize it's time to take him to the vet for another squeeze. In some cases the vet may suggest surgery to remove the glands.

Please see "What You Can Do" at the end of this page!

Anal Gland Surgery

If you are considering surgery, here's what you should know:

  • Anal gland removal is done under general anesthesia which has risks.
  • There is also a risk of fecal incontinence with any surgery around the anus and the risk is higher when both anal glands are removed.
  • Tumors of the anal sacs can spread to lymph nodes in the abdomen.

What You Can Do

Before you opt for surgery, consider changing your dog's diet. There are many helpful pages here at Three Little Pitties.

How much do you really know about dog nutrition? Switching my dogs to a raw dog food diet has changed all our lives for the better and here's a few free recipes.

If raw isn't something you will consider you can add more fiber or whole grains to bulk up the stool and put more pressure on the bowels when pooping.

You might consider home made dog food to get all those junky fillers out of his diet.

And Try This for Impacted Anal Glands

If your vet has to express these glands, ask him to put a small amount of Panalog into the anal sac afterward. It's an antibiotic and cortisone ointment for the ear, but it works.

If you are one of my regular readers, you know I never encourage the use of either antibiotics or cortisone because their side effects ruin dog health. BUT, in this instance so little is absorbed into the body, it will have no side effects and keep infection at bay.

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