A Natural Approach to Healthy Dog Glands
Dog glands are situated just inside the dog’s rectum on each side and are about the size of a small grape. Unfortunately, for many dogs these glands become irritated causing endless chewing, licking and sliding on the dog’s back end. This page will help you to understand how to naturally heal your dog’s problematic anal sacs once and for all.
Today’s domesticated dogs rarely use the glands for marking like wolves. Certain dog health issues produce symptoms such as soft stool or constipation and can directly cause the glands to become full and/or impacted if the dog can’t manage to empty the glands himself.
When this happens the dog will show signs of irritation as mentioned below:
Symptoms Of Full And Impacted Dog Glands
- Dog sliding across the carpet, grass or pavement.
- Dog chewing and licking his/her back end excessively. (Keep in mind that chewing around the back end is also a symptom of fleas).
- Dog sensitive to touch around the tail or back end.
- Dog quickly turns towards the tail like something may be biting at him.
Contributing Factors To Your Dog’s Problem Glands
- Poor diet. Feeding your dog cheap processed kibble with little nutritional value causes all sorts of problems. Impacted dog glands, ear and skin allergies are just a few of the more common problems associated with poor quality food. However, if you are feeding a good food and your dog is still showing signs of gland problems, it could be that your dog has a food allergy (food allergies ARE rare though) or sensitivity to a particular ingredient in the food.
- Lack of exercise. Your dog needs to run or at least go for a brisk walk daily. This massages the glands and helps to naturally loosen the anal gland waste within the glands.
- Constipation is a result of not enough water and owners not letting the dog outside enough. A dog’s number one goal is to please their owner, aka their leader. In an effort to please their owners, dogs will hold their urine and bowel movements for extensive periods of time. Adding fiber to your dog’s diet can help with constipation, however, it’s VERY important to make sure that your dog drinks more water when you add more fiber to the diet. This is why we love dehydrated dog foods. See our dog food list.
- Overweight dogs are also prone to anal gland dog problems.
- Soft and loose stool. Soft stool is a HUGE reason why dogs have so many problems with their glands. Firmer stools will help a great deal with eliminating gland issues.
- Gland secretion is too thick and the glands are unable to empty on their own.
- Environmental allergies are also believed to play a role in anal gland problems for dogs. It could be a matter of simply finding the right allergy medicine to curb the air born allergy related sensitivity. The one that we use in combination with AnalGlandz (see below) is natural, dirt cheap and works very well for our girl “Abby” and has been showing a whole lot of promise for quite a few dogs with these issues. You can check out Adrisin right here. We give Abby (50 lb. dog) 1 in the am and 1 in the pm.
Eliminate Frequent Visits To The Vet By Trying Either of These Options
The expense combined with the inconvenience of taking your dog to the Vet repeatedly for gland troubles can be stressful and is NOT recommended as an ongoing process because the glands become dependent on manual elimination.
Most vets charge roughly $8-10 to express dog glands which can be costly and unhealthy for your dog.
Keep in mind that if the glands are impacted then initially an antibiotic may be necessary to clear up any infection. If you do place your older dog on an antibiotic, be sure to include a probiotic while on the antibiotics.**Note** Your older dog should already be on a good probiotic DAILY.
Most vets teach how to express dog glands if the problem is continuous. However the glands SHOULD NOT be routinely emptied by owners, groomers or vets – EVER. By just emptying the glands, you are not really treating the problem, but in fact, creating a bigger problem because the glands will become dependent and never empty on their own.
WHAT WE RECOMMEND
1. This natural treatment is an excellent fiber product for dogs with gland problems. It works so well on our dog Abby, that we had to cut back on the recommended dosage. It’s the only product that exceeded our expectations. It works by loosening and softening the content and helping the glands to express by themselves. Glandex WORKS!
2. Shredded Coconut and Oil – Here’s another excellent option for problem dog glands that works well for others. We’ve also tried and tested it on Abby. Add unsweetened shredded coconut to harden up the stool and organic coconut oil to help slide it through the small intestine and colon.
Start SLOWLY and work up to the recommended dosage which is one (1) teaspoon of the coconut oil and two teaspoons of the shredded unsweetened coconut for a thirty pound dog daily. *Note: You MUST soften the shredded coconut first by placing in a bowl of warm water for roughly 5-10 minutes.
Organic coconut oil is so good for your dog’s health, we recommend that you continue with it along with Glandex.
More Tips for Healthy Dog Glands
- Feed a NUTRITIOUS diet rich in quality animal protein. Here’s the dog foods we recommend.
- Adding fiber such as rinsed/mashed kidney beans or coconut to your senior dog’s diet also supports healthy dog glands.
- Fatty acids such as a good quality fish oil help the bowel muscles to contract naturally.
- You have to EXERCISE your dog with at least one nice vigorous walk a day. Two walks daily are better yet. If you have a large fenced yard but your dog doesn’t run or move around much, then it’s up to you to get him/her moving by throwing a ball, etc.
- Let your dog outside frequently to relax and move his bowels. Don’t assume that he will come to you when he has to do his business. Get in the habit of letting your dog out every two-three hours when you are at home.
- Don’t allow your dog to become overweight. Besides anal gland problems, obesity effects the heart, liver and kidneys as well.
- Most honest vets will openly tell you that removing a dog’s anal glands surgically is very invasive and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. In fact, one of our own friends tried this procedure and their dog passed away due to complications from the surgery.