Re: Anal Gland Growth in Dog - Looking For More Ideas2 months ago
Hi Martha, I have a bit of experience with anal gland issues as my last dog had digestive and anal gland issues that turned into an anal gland tumor when he was quite old. He lived another year after diagnosis, and died at almost 17. I tried many things over the course of a year, as you may read on Earth Clinic in various posts in the pets section, but the most helpful thing, I think, was holding a piece of cotton soaked in warm water on that area when we were outside. My vet in CT taught me to do that when he had an anal abscess and I never stopped doing this for him after that as it was so helpful. You want to do this outside because it will usually cause them to go to the bathroom. However it prevented the anal glands from getting infected again. You can buy large rolls of cotton on Amazon and break off a piece each time.
Also work on making sure whatever your dog eats is easily digested. I used a combination of freeze dried raw food, which I soaked in hot water for a while to rehydrate, with some no grain turkey kibble.
I also gave him a lot of 20 ppm colloidal silver (cs) internally and I think that was very helpful. CS won't burn when used externally on the anal area, but be careful when you add DMSO as it will burn and cause discomfort, even when diluted with distilled water.
I really think the warm soaked cotton was the most helpful in soothing and keeping him infection-free.