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Expressing Anal Glands in Dogs and Cats / Cleaning Anal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Express Anal Glands / Cleaning Anal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Remedies for helping to support the health and cleaning of anal and scent glands in dogs and cats. Pet supplements for anal gland health in dogs and cats

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the immune system, the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and the endocrine system for its effects on the adrenal and thyroid glands. Plant botanicals nourish the various components of the excretory and digestive systems as well as all other affected bodily systems and is safe for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Dogs and cats have two small glands located just inside the anal sphincter muscle, located at the five and seven o’clock positions, just inside the anal opening. These small sacs contain a smelly pungent liquid that is unique to each individual dog. They use it to mark their territory and also to identify each other.

If you notice your cat or your dog licking its anal area more than usual or ‘scooting’ along the floor (pulling itself across the floor on its behind) your pet’s anal glands may need to be cleaned or expressed.

These glands are normally the size of a kidney beans, however if they become impacted or full they tend to enlarge to the size of grapes. When your pet’s stools aren’t firm enough, they can’t exert enough pressure to empty the sacs and the fluid accumulates, eventually becoming impacted.

A professional groomer is able to have your pet’s anal glands expressed if you feel you are unable or are uncomfortable.

Steps to Clean the Anal Glands:

1. Cover the base of the tub in plastic refuse bags or an old towel.

2. Position your pet inside the tub (empty of water) with its head to the left and anal area to the right (for right handed people).

3. With one hand hold your pet’s tail firmly (at the base) and lift the tail out of the way. Gently hold a warm compress to the anal opening and surrounding areas for a minute or two.

4. ext, (while still holding the tail out of the way), with the other hand, wearing a latex glove dipped in warm water, insert the index finger gently just inside your pets anal opening. (This is uncomfortable for your pet, so do this slowly and gently!)

5. Use the thumb of the same hand and place it on the outside of the anal opening at approximately 7 o’clock at which point you should feel the anal gland between your fingers.

6. Very gently pinch the anal gland between your fingers and the accumulated secretion should squirt out. You should be able to feel the anal sack shrink in size as you’re gently squeezing.

7. Move your fingers to the 5 o’clock position and gently squeeze in the same way.

8. Once the glands have been expressed, wash out the black, brown, or gray substance that comes out with shampoo in order to get rid of the unpleasant odor.

Herbal Nutrition:

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia to help cleanse the animal body and assist with waste removal of soft, empty impacted, irritated anal glands in dogs & cats, to help keep the anal ducts open and free or cellular irregularity, to help detoxify your pets system, and tohelp support anal glands release.

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Helpful suggestions:

Feed more fiber. If you’re feeding your dog homemade food, give him/her an additional half to one serving of vegetables. This will help to ‘bulk up’ stools. This will mean more pressure to empty the sacs.

Improve quality. If you are feeding low-quality dog food, try introducing dog food that has two meat sources in the top 3 ingredients listed (indicates larger quantities contained in the food).

Exercise. Walking helps "things" move in the right direction and strengthens the rectal and abdominal muscles!

Repeat the procedure (outlined above), regularly during bath time to keep your dog’s anal glands in optimal health – or take them to the vet now and then to have the anal sacs expressed.

Conventional Remedies:

Your local groomer will likely offer services to express your dog or cats anal glands. If your pet is in pain or if you see green or black substances coming out of the gland, especially if it contains blood, it could mean that there is an infection in the anal glands. If so, contact your veterinarian immediately.



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