CANINE ANAL GLANDS
CANINE ANAL GLANDS
|Written by Dog Breeders Gallery Team|
|Tuesday, 12 August 2008 22:33|
These problems are referred to as dog anal sac disease, anal sac impaction and Sacculitis, which is canine anal sac infection.
Symptoms & Problems with the Canine Anal Glands
When the pea sized dog anal sacs become swolen you can phsically feel them in them by touching the glands which are at the 5 and 7 o'clock positions around the anus. To get some releif your dog may be seen scooting across the floor on his or her anus (rear).
If the fluid is infection, it will smell badly and be yellow or black in color. Your dog may have a fever and the any liquid that is expressed or emptied from the gland, beside the bad smell may have a drop of blood or puss.
If you see unusual swelling in the gland then your dog may have an anal absecess, which is another term for blocked fluid, puss and liquid. The area of the gland might be discolored (eg; reddish). Just emptying the gland through pressure will not help and your veterinarian may have to use a lance to make a small opening.
Treatment for Canine Anal Glands
The best way to take care of this problem is to emplty the glands yourself or have a dog health professional express the glands. It is easy to do, just messy and smelly.
We suggest you do this in the bathtub to avoid messes in the home and so that you can give your dog a quick bath to wash off any liquid that may fall on her coat. You might also want to wear latex kitchen gloves to keep the smelly, possibly infected fluid off your hands.
Anal Gland Infection
If the dog anal glands are infected then they will have to be emptied. Your veterinarian will put an antibiotic ointment into the glands to kill off any infection that may of taken hold.
Prevention of Canine Anal Glands
To prevent health problems with anal glands dog avoid feeding your dog table scraps. These foods could cause soft stools which don't have the pressure needed. To firm up your dog's stool consider adding more fiber to your dog's diet. A simple way to do this is to give your dog a high fiber natural supplement such as PetAlive Natural Moves which contains the fiber Psyllium nigrum.
Another natural approach is to provide a natural supplement made specifically to help dogs with this problem. Herbs such as German Chamomile and Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) are known to have a positive effect and are worth a try. One product to research that is made specifically for this purpose is AnalGlandz which is known to help treat infected anal glands in dogs naturally.
It is a good habit to check your dog to see if the anal glands (also called pouches or sacs) are filling and need to be expressed. Changes in the diet like those mentioned could help.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:37|