- Encourages natural emptying of the anal glands
- For use as an aid to manual expression of impacted anal glands
- Cleanse the anal area and prevents infection and abscesses
- For pain relief and reduction of inflammation
- As a disinfectant solution to prevent bacterial growth
What are anal glands?
Anal glands, or anal sacs, are two small glands present in both dogs and cats situated just below and either side of the anal opening. On a clockface they would be at positions 4 and 8 o’clock. These glands produce a brown, waxy substance that is secreted through ducts just inside the rectum when pressure is put on the glands – most commonly by the passing of faeces (but also when your pet gets a big fright). This foul-smelling substance, is very unpleasant to humans but useful to animals in the wild, for marking their territory or warding off would-be predators.
In modern-day domestic pets, anal glands can often cause health problems. Sometimes the anal gland secretions are not released naturally and build up – leading to thickening of the secretion, clogging of the duct and sometimes even infection and abscesses. You may have seen your pet with his tail up, dragging his behind across the floor. This is an attempt to relieve the pressure and discomfort of impacted anal glands and is called scooting (although this can also be due to an infestation of intestinal worms). Scooting can cause damage to the anus and indicates that your pet is having trouble with his or her anal glands and needs some type of intervention. Cats with impacted anal glands will often start over-grooming. Fur loss on the belly and on the backs of the legs may be a sign of anal gland problems.
When bacteria find their way into the glands, infection can occur and lead to an abscess. Your pet may whimper or cry when attempting to defecate – this should alert you to the possibility of infection. Anal gland abscesses are extremely painful for your pet and will require the attention of a vet. to clear the infection. For this reason, it is best to prevent complications as much as possible.
How to care for and express your dog or cat’s anal glands
Anal glands should be regularly checked and expressed when necessary in order to empty the build up of secretions from the gland. This can be done by your vet, groomer or even by you – getting the knack of this is not difficult especially once you have been shown the technique. To express your pet’s anal glands use your fingers or a thumb and forefinger to gently apply pressure on either side of the anal opening, at 8 and 4 o’clock – on the outside of the glands. Press inwards and upwards and you should see the fluid being expressed. Be warned that the excretion may squirt everywhere – and it’s foul smelling stuff!
A high-fibre diet, especially for animals suffering from constipation or irregular bowel movements, will also help to prevent impaction as healthy bowel movements will often express the glands naturally.
The natural way
Heightened awareness of your cat or dog’s physical condition is key when it comes to the problem of impacted anal glands. You should routinely inspect your pet’s anal area for any signs of swelling or sores. A diet high in fat can contribute to thick, viscous anal sac secretions, which can then harden, and block the anal glands. A healthy balanced diet is essential – consider natural alternatives rather than processed pet food. Vondi’s frozen cooked pet food or DoggoBone Raw Active food are both available from the Feelgood health shop in Westlake, Cape Town and include the right amount of fibre to keep stools moderately firm and regular.
How can AnalGlandz help?
AnalGlandz contains a blend of natural, cleansing ingredients in an herbal tincture and will effectively cleanse the anal area, reduce pain and swelling and assist in softening of hardened waste material to be expressed from the glands.
What are the ingredients?
AnalGlandz contains the following 100% natural herbal and homeopathic ingredients:
- Urtica urens is excellent for natural cleansing, pain relief and to promote healing. This herb is also useful for its astringent properties and will help to stop bleeding.
- Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) is a well-known and effective herbal cleanser found all over the world. This herb will also act as an antibacterial agent to prevent infection of the anal glands – flushing out the system.
- Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) was regarded as one of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by ancient Anglo-Saxons. In modern times it is widely used as a gentle cleansing, anti-inflammatory and soothing herb.
- Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) will reduce inflammation of the anal glands and stop microbial growth, preventing infection and abscesses.
- Silica (6C) is a homeopathic remedy excellent for encouraging natural emptying of the anal sacs. Silica will also help to keep the anal ducts open.
How has AnalGlandz helped others?
“Terry, my miniature poodle, has really benefited from regular compresses with your AnalGlandz product. Instead of being at the vet every few weeks for a traumatic procedure, antibiotics and all the rest of it we have just used your compresses every now and again and then manually emptied the glands the way the vet showed us – it’s really so much easier and better for all involved. Thanks for a great site and really useful products!” – Harriet G.
“Using your AnalGlandz remedy makes the terrible job of expressing my dog’s anal sacs a lot more successful and bearable. In fact, since using these herbal compresses we don’t need to go through the process as often anymore as the glands seem to stay open and empty most of the time, without the disgusting smell we had to put up with! A wonderful product- thank you!” – Sylvia
How do I use AnalGlandz?
Directions: Add 5 – 10 drops to 1/4 cup of warm water (try to make this as warm as your pet will tolerate, without being uncomfortably hot). Using a clean cotton swab apply gentle pressure as a hot compress directly over the anal opening. Apply once daily in the case of compacted or blocked anal glands. Once the anal glands are functioning more normally, use AnalGlandz once or twice a week.
Note: For external use only. Safety during pregnancy and nursing not established
Please consult your veterinarian should symptoms persist.
Note: In the case of infection or abscess of the anal glands, the simultaneous use of Immunity and Liver Support is strongly recommended to assist with healing the infection