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Anal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Anal Glands / Anal Gland Health in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help support healthy scent glands and anal gland health in cats and dogs.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to the health and well being of your dog and cat.  The state of your pet's digestive health not only impacts the breakdown and assimilation of nutrients, but it can also affect other body systems including the immune and digestive systems, the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and the adrenal and thyroid glands which are part of the endocrine system. 

Dogs and cats have two small glands located inside the anal opening, just inside the anal sphincter muscle. These small sacs contain a smelly pungent liquid that is unique and identifies each dog and cat, which they use to identify each other and mark their territory.

If you see your dog or cat scooting (pulling themselves on their behind) across the floor or licking its anal area, your pet probably needs to have its anal glands cleaned and released, also known as expressing anal glands. 

Anal glands are normally the size of a kidney bean, but if they become impacted they can become enlarged to the size of a grape. When an animal has loose stools or if they suffer from a blockage, fluid accumulates that becomes impacted, which can make your pet very sick. A professional groomer can quickly and easily express your animal’s anal glands.

If you see brown or green substances or blood, your animal could have an infection in its anal glands. Contact your veterinarian immediately!

If you want to try it at home, try the following steps (it’s not for the squeamish):

1. Cover your tub in disposable, plastic bags.

2. Place your pet into an empty tub, holding your pet’s tail at the base, lifted out of the way. Apply a warn compress to the anal opening to relax the area.

3. Wearing latex gloves heated in warm water, gently insert your index finger into your pet’s anal opening. (This is uncomfortable, so be gentle and careful!)

4. With your thumb, gently pinch the anal gland opening (7 o’clock position) and you should feel the release. It will squirt out, so stay clear.

6. Move your fingers to the 5 o’clock position and squeeze the same way, and again, you should feel the release.

7. You will need to wash out the gray, black or brown liquid that comes out and you may need to shampoo your animal to rid of the smell, which can be pungent.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Many herbal remedies may help provide substantial and corrective actions for the excretory and digestive systems, used holistically to help promote regular bowel movements, to help ease constipation, to help promote easier digestion for your animal, to help maintain the body’s water balance, to help promote nutrient assimilation, to help ease diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion and bloating, safely and gently, without the side effects commonly associated with veterinary prescribed drugs.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) is used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-Candidal; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS).




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