Natural Dog Anal Glands Treatment
ANAL GLAND PROBLEMS IN DOGS
Not a pleasant subject, but many dogs suffer from anal gland problems. Difficulties with the anal glands are primarily canine problems. Dogs have a pair of small scent glands on either side of the anus, under the tail. Similar in structure to the scent gland of the skunk, they contain a strong-smelling material that is apparently used to mark territory or to express extreme fear.
Problems manifest either as abscesses that form within the glands themselves or as what is called impaction, in which the glands become inactive and overfilled with secretion. In the latter case, the dog will often “scoot” along the floor or ground in an attempt to empty these glands, which have exceeded their normal capacity.
Some of the factors that may play a role in the development of these problems are: Frustration in trying to establish a territory, perhaps from being crowded with other animals or from having inadequate space for exercise and exploration. Constipation or infrequent bowel movement, especially as a result of not being allowed outside frequently. Many an indoor animal will hold its urine or feces to the very limit rather than soil the house and displease its people. Toxicity because of poor food and inadequate exercise. In such a case a disorder of the skin or ears frequently occurs as well (also see “Allergies”).
Make sure your animal has adequate exercise, the opportunity to go outside and have frequent bowel movements, and psychological “space.” Good nutrition is important also, as it is in most conditions. Especially useful are those nutrients that help promote healthy skin: zinc, the B complex, vitamin A, lecithin, and unsaturated vegetable oil. Olive oil is a good source of unsaturated fatty acids and, by promoting muscular contraction of the bowels, has the advantage of being a slight laxative. Flax oil (fresh, refrigerated) is an even better source.
Anal Gland Abscess Homeopathic
First use the remedy Belladonna 6C. See if it looks better the next day. If not clearly healing, then give Silicea 30C. Belladonna helps with the initial inflammation and Silicea promotes the discharge of pus and encourages healing. Also apply warm or hot calendula solution (see “Abscesses”) twice a day for at least five minutes each time. Continue the calendula treatment about three days, though a longer period is fine, if necessary. Anal glands dogs.
Impacted Anal Glands
Since this condition is associated with sluggishness of the tissues and often with toxicity and obesity as well (see “Weight Problems”), regular vigorous exercise is an important part of the treatment. If you add vegetables and a little bran mixed with olive oil to the food, it will help to regulate the intestines and encourage bulky bowel movements.
Copious evacuation will stimulate the natural emptying of the glands. In addition, a hot fomentation of either marigold flower (Calendula officinalis) solution or red clover (Trifolium pratense) blossoms will stimulate the glands and soften their contents.
Tea For Impacted Anal Glands
Make a “tea” with these herbs, adding boiling water to the herb. A good ratio is a heaping tablespoon of the herb over which you pour a quart of boiling water. Let sit for 15 minutes or so, until cool enough to handle. Then pour off the liquid into a bowl and immerse a washcloth or small towel into the warm solution. Wring it out and apply to the body.
As necessary, warm up the compress every couple of minutes by putting it back in the bowl and wringing it out again. The idea is to warm the affected area, increasing blood flow and softening the tissues.
Herbal Tinctures for Anal Glands
You can also make up this solution by using herbal tinctures—add 1 teaspoon of the tincture to 1 quart of warm water. Immediately after the application, use gentle pressure with a “milking” action to help to empty the glands manually. Consider the manual emptying as a temporary measure, not something to do regularly. It’s much better (I’m sure you would agree!) if the glands empty naturally. A useful adjunct to the above measures is to give one dose of the remedy Sulphur 30C.
How about your pooch? Ever have a problem with anal glands? What worked for your canine?