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Impacted Anal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Impacted Anal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help clean impacted anal glands and to help support anal gland health in cats and dogs.

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 and digestive systems, as well as the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and the endocrine system for its effects on the adrenal and thyroid glands.

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

Anal gland problems are fairly common in dogs and cats. 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 expressed. An animal with impacted anal glands may injure itself as it scoots across the floor and can discharge anal secretions onto the carpet or floor. Anal gland blockage can be painful and potentially dangerous for your pet.

Anal glands are normally the size of a kidney bean, but if they become impacted, infected or abscessed, the glands can become enlarged to the size of a grape. When an animal has loose stools or if they suffer from a blockage, they are unable to empty the sac and fluid accumulates. The accumulated fluid can become impacted and infected. A professional groomer or vet 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!

The anal sacs are emptied by the pressure of stool passing through the anus. They can also be emptied by forceful contractions of the anal sphincter-something that may happen when a dog or cat is frightened or upset.

Anal sac disease is a cycle that begins with impaction and progresses through infection to abscess and rupture. Dogs and cats with anal problems may develop tonsillitis from licking at the rear area.

Impaction is the accumulation of pasty secretions in the anal sacs. The sacs become distended and mildly tender. The expressed secretions are thick and dark brown or grayish brown. The sacs become impacted when they don’t empty completely. This may be due to insufficient pressure on the sacs during defecation because of small, soft stools; inadequate sphincter pressure; or blockage of the openings by thick, dry secretions. Impactions tend to occur most often in small-breed dogs and in overweight animals.

Dogs and cats with recurrent anal sac impactions should have their sacs emptied at regular intervals. A dog or cat may benefit from a high-fiber diet or a bulk laxative to increase the size of the stools.

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

Herbal nutrition can help provide substantial and corrective actions for the excretory and digestive systems, to help support anal gland health, to help reduce anal gland infections and are gentle and effective. Also used holistically to help promote regular bowel movements, to help ease constipation, to help promote easier digestion for your animal, maintain the body’s water balance, and 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) supports proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, rehabilitates and detoxifies the kidneys and liver; tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates 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; reduces 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, ehrlichiosis.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes 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, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, 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), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.



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