Home Remedies for Anal Gland Problems in Dogs: Tips and Tricks

| Modified on Nov 15, 2023

Anal gland issues can be a common problem for both dogs and cats. These glands near their anus can become clogged if the animal's feces are too soft or if the gland produces too much liquid, leading to irritation or infection.

Symptoms of anal gland issues in cats and dogs include excessive licking, scooting, or dragging their bottom along the floor. If the glands appear red or discolored, and your pet experiences severe pain, fever, loss of appetite, or lethargy, it could indicate an infection, and immediate veterinary attention is necessary.

Natural Remedies to Prevent Anal Gland Issues in Dogs

Here are some natural remedies you can try at home to prevent or manage anal gland problems in dogs:

  1. Pumpkin: Adding a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to your dog's food can help regulate their bowel movements and promote healthy digestion. The fiber content in pumpkin helps to soften the stools and stimulate the muscles around the anal gland, which can help to express the glands naturally.

  2. Probiotics: Incorporating probiotics into your dog's diet can also help to promote healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Probiotics help to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria in the digestive tract, which can help to prevent constipation and other digestive issues that may contribute to anal gland problems.

  3. Coconut oil: Applying a small amount of coconut oil to the anus can help to soothe irritated skin and promote healing. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil can also help to prevent infections.

  4. Epsom salt baths: Soaking your dog's bottom in a warm Epsom salt bath can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to a tub of warm water and let your dog soak for 10-15 minutes.

In addition to these remedies, it's important to ensure your dog is getting enough exercise and maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy, easy-to-digest diet.

Homeopathic Remedies for Anal Gland Issues

Homeopathic remedies are a popular alternative to traditional medications for treating anal gland issues in dogs. Here are some common homeopathic remedies used to treat anal gland problems in dogs:

  1. Silicea: This remedy is useful when anal gland issues have progressed to abscess formation. Silicea helps promote the natural expulsion of pus and prevent further infections.

  2. Nux vomica: This remedy is used to treat constipation or diarrhea that could contribute to anal gland issues. It is also helpful in dogs that are sensitive to changes in their diet or environment.

  3. Graphites: This remedy is used to treat chronic anal gland issues that persist despite other treatments. It is often recommended when anal gland issues have been present for a long time and are recurring.

  4. Sulphur: This remedy is used to treat anal gland issues in dogs prone to skin problems or allergies. Sulphur can help promote healing and reduce irritation.

  5. Pulsatilla: This remedy is used to treat anal gland issues in shy, timid, or fearful dogs. It can help promote emotional balance and reduce stress, contributing to anal gland problems.

It is essential to consult a homeopathic veterinarian before starting any homeopathic remedies, as they can assess your pet's overall health and recommend the best treatment options. Homeopathic remedies should be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as dietary changes, fiber supplements, and exercise.

How to Treat an Anal Gland Abscess

An anal gland abscess is a painful condition affecting cats and dogs. The anal glands are located near the anus and can become infected, leading to the formation of an abscess.

Some common symptoms of an anal gland abscess in a cat or dog include:

  1. Licking, biting, or chewing at the area around the anus
  2. Scooting or dragging the bottom on the ground
  3. Swelling or inflammation of the anal area
  4. Pain or discomfort when sitting or defecating
  5. Foul odor is coming from the anal area
  6. Discharge of pus or blood from the anus
  7. Fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite in severe cases.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is important to seek veterinary attention immediately. Early detection and treatment of an anal gland abscess can prevent it from becoming a more serious and potentially life-threatening condition.

Natural Remedies for an Anal Gland Abscess

Here are two safe natural remedies for abscessed anal glands in dogs:

  1. Calendula: Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help to reduce swelling and fight infection. Apply calendula cream or oil to the anal area to soothe irritation and promote healing.

  2. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has natural healing properties and can help to soothe irritated skin. Apply aloe vera gel to the anal area to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

It is important to note that while natural remedies can help treat abscessed anal glands in dogs, it is crucial to seek veterinary attention if your dog's symptoms worsen or do not improve with home remedies. Additionally, some essential oils can be toxic to dogs, so it is important to speak with a veterinarian before using any new treatments on your pet.

If your dog appears to be in pain after you apply any remedy, remove the remedy immediately with warm water. You don't want to aggravate the condition or cause any additional discomfort to your pet.

Soaked Cotton Ball Remedy - Earth Clinic's Top Pick

One of the most effective remedies for soothing irritated or abscessed anal glands that we learned from a wonderful vet in CT is to apply a piece of a cotton roll soaked in warm water. You can buy these cotton rolls at your local vet or on Amazon. 

Gently apply the warm soaked cotton to the anal area for several minutes or until the area feels soothed. This will probably cause your dog to go to the bathroom, so it is helpful to apply the cotton outside!

This can be done several times daily to help alleviate discomfort and promote healing. By testing it on yourself first, ensure the water is not too hot.

Use clean cotton and warm water each time to prevent infection. If the anal area appears inflamed or painful, or if your pet is in significant discomfort, consult your veterinarian for additional guidance and treatment.

To prevent anal gland problems, consider increasing your pet's fiber intake by adding a supplement or fresh vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, or celery to their diet. Be aware that increasing fiber may increase the size of their droppings.

Continue reading below for more tips from Earth Clinic readers who have used various remedies to treat swollen and infected anal glands in their dogs.


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Posted by Kathryn9 (Owings, Md.) on 04/13/2014

I have an update to another post about this issue. To date, I have been giving my poor old dog 1/4 large carrot chopped up over his dry dog food, a half tsp. of this glucosamine powder with Omega 3 6 9 also.

No anal gland stop ups ever so far on this routine every day!!!

Replied by Cathi Watson
(East London, South Africa)

Good Afternoon. My female Boston Terrier has serious anal gland blockages. You mention 1/4 carrot every mealtime. Do you cook the carrot or grate it over the dogs food raw?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Cathi!

Raw is preferred if your dog will accept it.

Replied by Betty
(Lead Hill, Ar)

Chunck off pieces, bite size. Eat some yourself, let them see, then put the piece in your mouth for that smell they like. Most likely they will learn to like it! And its crunchy.

Replied by Angela

H,i I just found out my cat has anal gland abscess and my vet that wants to charge me close to $400 to take care of it. What can I do at home thanks

Posted by Kathryn4 (Lanham, Maryland, USA) on 03/05/2013

My old beagle mix dog would get this all the time. Drove me crazy. What works finally is always give him 1/2 of a chopped up carrot over his food. I also give a squirt of the salmon oil so he won't scratch anymore. I had tried apple for many eyars but noticed his glands would always get blocked anyway. Switched to carrot and it has been much much better! Let us reduce the vet's salary:).

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Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 06/23/2017

For Sandy, who wrote:

I would love to know what u recommend for anal glands? I was told to give 100% pure pumpkin, start with 1 Tablespoon and add more if needed. It does nothing! She never scoots, she just constantly licks, and releases them. I've heard lentils help? But they didn't give any info. Like how much, how often. Oh and I've also tried oatmeal help please?! Thx!

Start putting a teaspoon of organic Unrefined virgin coconut oil in her food each time you feed her. You don't have to melt it.

Replied by Susan
(New York)

I am having the same issues. My maltese (only about 6lbs) has a burst anal gland. Does he have to be on an antibiotic? I have been giving him royal jelly and raw garlic and keeping the sore clean.

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Posted by EVELYN (TAMPA, FLORIDA) on 03/11/2009


Replied by Terri
(Ravenna, Ohio)

Dear Evelyn from Tampa; How much pumpkin & coconut did you feed your pom? I have a pug who is having the same problem. I remembered hearing about this so I looked it up, but now I need to know "exactly" how much you use... Thanks, Terri from Ohio

Replied by Lorayne
(Sun City, Az)

Dogs can develop pancreatitis from high fat foods. That's why they shouldn't be given turkey skin or avocado for example. I would be very careful with the coconut and coconut oil. Other things that are poisonous to dogs are: onion, garlic, walnuts, macadamia nuts, chocolate, avocado, turkey skin, grapes, raisins, xylitol, any sugar alcohol, artificial sweetners. Almonds and brazil nuts are O.K. in extremely small quantities as they too are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis.

Jaspurr's Mrs.

I had heard that garlic was toxic but when my cat seemed to be dying, what did that matter? I now use raw garlic regularly as an antibiotic & antifungal & I believe it has been effective. I give him about a dime's size (USA), cut in tiny pieces & mixed into his raw hamburger or raw chicken & often mix in a teaspoon or so of nutritional yeast as well to encourage him to eat all his food.

Replied by Kate
(Charlotte, Nc)

Lorayne your post about dogs developing Pancreatitis from high fat foods has one error with regard to Coconut Oil. CO is different, it is a healer and likely the best oil on the planet. On The Whole Dog Journal website in an article from Nov 2008, Mary Straus details about Canine Pancreatitis. In the article she discusses how to heal naturally and one snippet is about Coconut oil where she says: "Dogs fed a very low-fat diet may become deficient in the fat-soluble vitamins A and E. Adding fish oil and coconut oil to the diet can help with this. Dogs with damage to the pancreas may also suffer from vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency" Coconut oil has been misunderstood for many years.

For others petalive.com has an herbal formula for topical application with many testimonies. I have it now and am using it with my dog (GSP).

Replied by Stephanie
(Douglasville, Georgia, Usa)

In response to...."Lorayne from Sun City, Az

I disagree with some of your foods listed. Actually Garlic is not only SAFE for dogs it is good for them. It helps repel fleas, mosquitos and clean the intestinal tract of parasites (worms HATE garlic) We give all three of our pitties one 1000mg liquid-gel every day (regular human vitamins) They love it and actually beg for it. My girlfriend has to sprinkle powdered capsules on her dogs food and some people chop raw cloves for thier dogs. We give the pills to ours straight and can hear them pop the pill and chew it up! Also walnuts are not toxic either. You just limit them because of fat. We give these on occasion when we are snacking on them.

Avocado is controversial, from my research the skin and the pit are toxic, the meat is the controversial part... Some authorites say its perectly safe and even nutritious and others say it is also toxic. There is even a dog food that contains avocado. So to err on the side of safety our family has decided not to give avocados to our dogs. There are too many other options that are known as safe.

I have also given our dogs coconut oil but I suspect a link between it and nail fungus in dogs with a weaker immune system. They get it very rarely as a treat for example with thier monthly worming which is 1 can of tuna fish (if packed in oil I don't add extra oil) 1 capsule of Black Walnut Hulls - Heart Worm prevention (found at health food store or cheaper online) 1 tsp finely chopped raw green pumpkin seed - Intestinal wormer (found at grocery store, health food store or online) 1 capsule of echinacea, 1 capsule acidopholis and 1 capsule of ginger. It does not look appetizing but they gobble it up.

Tuna fish or canned chicken has been the best thing I have found to get anything in them, they always lick their bowl clean. I have three larger dogs weighing an average of 60lbs so adjust to your dogs weight. I learned all of this right here on EarthClinic.com. Thank you to everyone who contributes!

Replied by Linda
(San Francisco, Ca, Usa)

I don't think avocadoes are toxic to dogs, and here is why:

One of my family members has an avocado tree in the backyard (It's huge and produces masses of fruit). As soon as those avos are ripe, the dogs (5) will swipe those avocadoes the minute they hit the ground and eat them totally, leaving nothing behind. They wait for them and love them. These dogs have done this for many years, we all have sat and laughed about how they love those avocadoes, and how one has to act fast if you want to get any from that tree.

They eat the skin, the meat, the pit, the whole thing. Entirely. No sign left that there was ever an avocado there.

PS: These are Organically grown avocadoes and are unsprayed with any pesticide nor chemical fertilizers. That may have something to do with it.

Namaste, Linda

Replied by Nell
(Oxford, England)

I am here to correct you all, as you have it all so wrong! I am qualified in animal care, canine nutrition and have worked with dogs for 11 years.

It is a total housewives tale that dogs cannot have avocados!! There has been no proof of toxicity for dogs at all, the pip is to be kept away from them purely for choking reasons, avocado however is really rich so it should be given in tiny amounts and gradually to most dogs. Some dogs may always get an upset tummy on it due to its richness.

Coconut and coconut oil again are NOT toxic but they are a natural laxative so it should be avoided for this reason only with dogs.

Turkey skin, meat skins in general in itself CANNOT cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is either commonly specific in some breeds, like spaniels are prone or can be caused by food intolerances/ allergies, or thirdly by feeding FAT trimmings, a little bit of fat that marbles in meat is good, but giving dogs lots of fat scraps/trimmings will cause pancreatitis is most. Dogs shouldn't be fed skin on a regular basis as it is simply a little too fatty for a regular EVERYDAY diet.

It is high time people stop spreading these ill advised rumors about. My dog is currently under a holistic vet who specialises in canine nutrition too, together we are making a great team! He confirms everything I say here today, and on the case of advocado he suggested I try my dog on a little for his dry skin problem, however in my dog's case it was too rich for him even in a spoonful quantity!

Dogs are like people, some foods will just not get on with them for whatever reasons, my dog has colitis, a severe chicken allergy and is allergic to beef, pork and most farm animals! He has low B12 levels and hayfever as well as other allergies. Which is why I am working wit a holistic vet. We do not put pharmaceuticals and toxic things like flea sprays in my dogs system due to their cancer causing chemicals. Also over vaccinating has been proven to cause many conditions like colitis. A vaccination these days stays in their system for up to 3 years.

While you are all worrying about silly little foods, the SLS and sles chemicals in your dogs shampoo and chemicals in flea sprays and household cleaners are the real things to worry about!

The main foods to avoid in dogs are;
- Chocolate (DEADLY ESPECIALLY DARK, theobromine in the chocolate can cause death)
- Macadamia nuts (no one knows why)
- Onions (highly toxic)
- wild growing mushrooms (toxicity levels vary)
- grapes (highly toxic)
- Alcohol
- caffeine
- marijuana!

Again to the people who argue that their dogs have had the above and been okay, all these items have been proven to definitely be toxic AT SOME LEVEL to dogs, like anything or anyone you occasionally have a dog lucky enough to have eaten these items and been okay, also it varies due to the quantity eaten, if a tiny chihuhua eats just one small square of chocolate it will most likely die. If a great Dane did then he probably won't even get a bad belly. My dad told me when he was a kid they gave their dog chocolate ALL the time! Yet I witnessed a small spaniel die from eating half a box of maltesers last year.

(Windsor, Berkshire)

I have been giving my staff virgin raw coconut oil for past year. She loves it. I give her 1 tablespoon daily. Does anyone know if I'm doing wrong?

Replied by Lisa T

I am 53 y/o and tried Turmeric to loose weight and found it has many AMAZING side effects. I have had horrible irritable bowl since I was 7 y/o. I mean horrible. It will bring me to my knees and make me throw up forcing me to choose which end should be aimed at toilet. The Turmeric not only assisted in loosing weight but stopped my irritable bowel/spastic colitis DEAD IN IT'S TRACKS - NONE. I had never experienced a day without pain in my colon. OMG it was amazing.

Anyway, I have a 18y/o Border Collie that has a fatty tumor on his side that is so bad it is making him fall from the extra weight on that side and of course the pain from arthritis/old age. I have checked with 3 vets with no good solutions because of his age, no one wants to perform surgery.

Well, I thought, if Turmeric breaks down fat why not try it on Murphy. So, I looked up on the web if Turmeric was ok for dogs. It was ok but recommended a certain type of Turmeric. I compared the recommended Turmeric online to the type I had purchased. It was the same kind of Turmeric. Great! I researched online for the best Turmeric and I came up with, Curcumin C3 (Turmeric) w/ Bioperine - 2,000 % More Bioavailable 500mg, as the best on the market for Bioavailable for best utilization in body.

My point is maybe the Turmeric would help your doggie with his tummy issues?

Turmeric helped also my arthritis pain, my irritable bowl, brain function, mood and over all pain. It has been identified to be an Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Antioxidant, reduce risk for heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndromes, Alzheimer's and various degenerative conditions as well as improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases and a Benefit Against Depression.

I am sold. It has made me feels so much better and Murphy seems to move better and happier. The cheapest place I have found the Turmeric was Amazon. The brand I listed above was what I thought was best after my days of researching it.

Good Luck and I hope it makes Doggie better!


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(Westboro Ma)
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We used to give our dogs everything, never had a problem. I wonder why suddenly it's not ok to give dogs these things. The story about the avocados is telling. The dogs ate the whole avocado and did this every year. I'm sure we had lots of garlic and onion in the food the dogs would get off our plate back in the day...

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Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma, USA) on 06/04/2008

My little chihuahua would yip whenever he would have a bowel movement. His stool was also hard and light in color and hard to pass. Thank God for this site it saved me a vet bill. I remembered reading about coconut oil for people. I went to the kitchen and got a small amount on my finger, pried his mouth open and smeared in his mouth. I thought he would really protest, but he seemed to like the taste. Sure enough the next day he had a very healthy bowel movement. It turned out he had a swollen anal gland. I put witch hazel and hydrogen peroxide on it. It ruptured, drain and his fine now. I LOVE THIS SITE!

Replied by Peggy
(Delbarton, Wv, Usa)

Elaine, did you have to take your pet to the vet to be diagnosed with anal gland issues? I am using the coconut oil with my biggest dog whose had some problems with her AG. The vet wants her shots updated before seeing her. I do not want her to, so I'm trying to take care of things myself. The "perfume" smell she emits lets me know it's these glands. She loved the coconut oil and I even glazed the pan with it before baking her yam treats. I realize it's been a few years since your post but I'm hoping like me you check back here often. :)

Replied by Apryl
(Aiken, South Carolina)

I have the same problem with my dog. He is a fairly big male (70)pds. He seems to have anal gland problems often. He has expressed them on my bed a couple times.. Puhhhhh!!! I feed him "Halo" dog food and put some brown rice in it as well, but it doesn't seem to be helping him! So, I thought of going online to enquire about.. Here I am! I will try these (coconut & pumpkin) and see how it goes. I'm so glad I found this page, thank you!

Replied by Katherine
(Townsville, Queensland)

Hi, could the lady that treated her dog for the absessed anal gland that ruptured let me know if it cleared up on its own. My little chi has a ruptured one as well and I am just bathing it with warm salty water to keep it clean. Did she have to get an antibotic as well.

(Sun Valley, Ca 913552)

Older post still adding to my experience today: I'm 80, pet owner for life, two dogs, cats, Angiosarcoma of scalp healing..my one girl had Swollen anal glands bursting? I always clean my dogs after peeing and pooping with a soft cloth. so the One small poodle mix I'm using castor oil that I use on my eyes at night, I put on her anal sac area after emptying it (all black liquid) after a three day bout of diarrhea then finger tip of Dmso spreading out from center to flat area of bum for penetration. and Rectum/anal sac healing nicely, swelling way down. food grade diatomaceous earth in food. Love.

Replied by Julie
(Bridgwater, Somerset, England)

Could someone please tell me how much coconut oil you give to your dog along wilth pumpkin and how often??? Also for how long (days/weeks/months) do they need to take this for their anal gland problems? Also do we give our dog this pumpkin/coconut instead of her food or mixed in with her food? All answers gratefully received.

Replied by Kathy
(Charleston, Wv)

I can't recall the site, but I believe it was 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10 lbs of weight. This was the dosage for overall health, digestive, shedding, cleaning plaque from teeth, etc. I was giving to my dog daily but I have reduced it to 2-3 times a week. My dog's weight is 60 pounds and I usually give her a heaping teaspoon (a little under the recommended dosage). Her coat is very shiny, and her shedding has decreased. My cats won't take, I liquify the coconut oil and use a syringe to give to my cats once a week. The solid will liquify at 72 degrees or warmer, make sure if you melt it, that it is not too hot to give by mouth. They also have a coconut oil softgel that is easy cosumption and to put in ears to clear up mites or parasites in the ear. I suggest you research yourself -- just "Google" coconut oil uses for pets. PSS - I take coconut oil myself.

Replied by Shelby
(Utica, Ny)

I just came across your article about your Chihuahua with his anal glands and noticed that you said you started giving him coconut oil. I actually have the same problem with my little chihuahua, We're at the vet literally every month to have them drained. (Which is such a horrible smell) I'm sure you know all about. But I'm just very curious about the coconut oil. Like how much do you give him, how many times a week? Has it made a big difference in his glands? Sorry so many questions just really trying to find a solution for my little man. Thank you so much!!

Replied by Cathy
(Bensenville, Il)

My 6 month old dauschounds are boys and have the anal gland problem every 3 days. I use puppy focus food with yougurt in the morning and pumpkin and organic coconut on their food at night. I have been doing this for 4 months now. their poop looks great. but the anal gland smell still happens yuck. So any other suggestions for diet? please help...

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Cathy,

The first thing that comes to mind for your situation is diet; the diet you are feeding has been rated by Dog Food Advisor as a below average dry dog food : http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/purina-pro-plan-dog-food-dry/

The first thing to do is to upgrade the groceries to a 4 or 5 star diet and then monitor for 6 weeks and record your results in a journal. Please report back!

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Posted by Sue Ann (Beachwood, NJ) on 11/17/2006

I read an article in a natural dog publication I receive about giving a dog with anal gland iissues unsweetened coconut and coconut oil (both can be purchased at a health food store). The coconut bulks up the stool with fiber and the coconut oil softens the bulked up stool a bit. For a dog about 30 lbs., you work up to 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil, and work up to 2 teaspoons of the unsweetened coconut. The coconut has to be soaked in water until its wet so it can be digested more easily. I only began this remedy 2 weeks ago, but don't notice my dog "scooting" as much as he used to.

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Posted by Cm (Colorado) on 09/06/2018

My dachshund gets impacted anal glands and the sooner you have them taken care of the better. You don't want them to get infected. After years of this I discovered my dog is allergic to all meat proteins with the exception of fish. When she get some beef or chicken in a product like a treat or dental chew with meat proteins she has anal symptoms. I have to read the packaging very carefully to ensure there is no meat proteins. It's not always evident by the packaging. If your dog has a chronic issue check with your vet to see if they can be on a fish diet instead of a land animal protein diet like beef, lamb, chicken etc...

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Posted by Keira (Sydney, Australia) on 10/26/2014

Three years ago my 8 yr old female cat Missy developed anal scent gland discharge. The vet gave her 2 courses of antibiotics to no avail, & it was back & forth to the vet for the gland squeezing till the vet taught me how to do it. The vet wanted to do surgery on her, I declined. I'd never had any problems with previous cats so I figured it had to be something in her diet. There was already one brand of cat biscuits she couldn't tolerate as they would trigger urinary tract infections which I treated successfully with cranberry tablets. Normally she ate cat biccies & tin cat food. I took her off cat biscuits completely- usually she would eat more of them than the tin food. Within a couple of days of no cat biccies the problem completely cleared up & has not returned. A couple of months later a new grain free cat biscuit brand came onto the supermarket shelves, which I tried & which didn't cause any problems. Missy continues to eat cat tin food & the grain free cat biscuits & there have been no more problems.

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Posted by Tttailor (Worcester, Ma) on 08/18/2012

My Toy Fox Terrier has the same anal glad problem and I switched her food to Science Diet WD which is a precription diet food from her vet. She no longer has any problems. I did try switching her to an organic dog food and her glands flared up a few months after the change. Went back to Science Diet and not messing with her food again!

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Posted by Diane (Pennsylvania, Usa) on 04/07/2018 3 posts

My dog recently had an anal gland issue, constant licking, swollen gland. It was the weekend and I was at a loss for what to do. A groomer said since the gland was swollen I should take her to a vet, and since it was the weekend, that meant emergency vet with an astronomical vet bill, as well as hours of travel.

I finally found a YouTube video by Deca Khalsa, entitled "Anal Sac Problems and Anal Gland Infections". She said to that there is a 99.9% chance that her suggestions would clear, detoxify and heal the anal glands, so what did I have to lose?

For those who don't have a fast internet connection, her instructions were this:

One tablespoon epsom salts in a half cup or one cup of warm water. Soak cotton balls or cloth in the solution and apply to dog's anal area and glands, for about 10 minutes if possible. This pulls toxins out of the anal glands while healing the tissues. Do this three times a day for a few days up to a week.

Also, give the dog silicia 6x three times a day for one week, then twice a day for for the second week. Insert the silicia in the dog's cheek pouch on the lower lip and let it melt, away from food. This will help the anal sac to empty and heal.

Much easier and so much cleaner, if you know what I mean, than many of the other suggestions I found, and the results were amazing.


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Posted by Tony (California) on 05/23/2014

The first time I found out about anal glands I went to the vet and the wanted to do surgery. It was so bad that he was bleeding out of his butt. I said no to the surgery and they put him on antibiotic. And then had to see the vet again. It was costing too much and he was not getting better. Some one here mentioned that garlic was bad for dogs. Wrong! In desperation to make him better I cruched and put three cloves on his food, since he would not eat it I called my other dog who was healthy and will eat anything and he cleaned up the ill dogs bowl. The next morning the ill dog did not wait for the competition and cleaned up his bowl. I kept both dogs on this routine of garlic in the morning and at night neither one had any ill effects, and the infection cleared up. I do not do it on a regular basis because I have an inside dog, but I know of people that regularly feed their dogs garlic to keep fleas away.

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Could you please let me know how much garlic you gave your dog and did it help the anal gland situation.

My lab has ongoing issues with anal gland and has bleeding from these issues. She has been on antibiotics the last 3 months. I am resisting surgery and looking for alternative solution.

Thanks, Selma

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(Sequim, Wa)

I have worked at a vet for years and have had to take care of pets who had been poisened by garlic you may have got lucky but please do not tell people to give there pet garlic as I have seen it nearly kill atat least 12 dogs!

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Posted by Dharma (Phoenix, Az) on 04/17/2007

Hi, About 20 years ago I spent thousands on antibiotics for my Borzoi's anal gland infection. I finally had a radionic analysis done and the homeopathic, Gunpowder 3x was prescribed. It can be highly antiseptic/antifungal. Since then I have seen that in animals if antibiotics do not work it is often fungal. For whatever reason gunpowder 3x has saved more than 1 animal from dangerous surgeries and amputation.

I do have a challenge I am working on and would like some advise if any have suggestions. What would you use for a deep anal fistula in a German Shepherd? What is generally used is an immune suppressant such as cyclosporin and it works well at close to $300 a month forcing many owners to have to make terrible choices and with cyclo it is evident that the animal feels awful and soon will begin to limp and become very weak. This is common in Shepherds and is quite a challenge.

I have tried the standards such as Silicea, Arnica Calc Sulph. Some temporary relief from Glyconutrients mixed with Three Lac but then it fights back and gets considerably worse. I thought primal defense or Ohira's would do it but not so.

Replied by Sue
(Otago, New Zealand)

I also have a german shepherd with an anal fistula. It was the size of a pea and growing - opening fast. The vet put him on some over-the-counter drugs, (Very very Inexpensive) about $20 worth, and it closed up like magic. Since then he has been on a low dose of prednisone for about 2 years, I am now wanting to get him off that so have started weaning him very slowly and at the same time changing his diet to include coconut oil, kelp milled flaxseed, acv, yoghurt and a few other bits and bobs. So far so good. Every time I googled "Fistula" up popped thousands of sites on Crohns Disease in Humans. It appears to be very similar, so in the end I searched for natural cures regarding Crohns disease. If you want the name of the drugs I initially used to HALT and SHRINK the fistula, I will find out for you.

Replied by Ruth
(Wichita, Ks.)

Tell me about the radionic analysis....

Question on dog anal glands. I am going to try the pumpkin and coconut. My Murphy (Shi-TZU) has very small openings on his glands. I feed him raw diet meat and veggies. His stools are solid, but I'm guessing it is because of the small openings that the glans need expressing so often. Can't be expressed from the outside. Tech or vet has to go in internally. Poor little guy. Now only 3 weeks apart and had a litlte infection last time. Hoping the coconut and pumpkin work on him. He loves the pumpkin right out of the can!

Replied by Saida
(Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa)

My 9yo German Shepherd has severe perianal fistulas. Atopica (cyclosporin) helped at first but it came back. Now it is really bad, he is on Protopic (topical immuno-suppressant?) and it doesn't look like the fistulas are healing. The treatment is very expensive!

For Sue from Otago, New Zealand: Could you please give the name of the drug you used? Thank you!!!

Replied by Angelina
(Redondo Beach, Ca)

SUE! Please do let us know what is the name of the drugs I initially used to HALT and SHRINK the fistula, I will find out for you.

Replied by Shelly
(Garden Valley, Idaho)

I am also interested in finding out the name of the inexpensive over the counter drug used to cure the perianal fistules. Sue from Otago, New Zealand, I hope you are still checking in and will send the info.

Replied by Betty
(Lead Hill, Ar)

Dharma mentioned acidophilus that did not work on the fungal infection. Saw mention of S. Boulardi acidophilus of this as being good for candida said to flush it out. Worth a try. May have to order on line.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)


There are many strains of acidophillus and using just one strain may lead you to a brick wall. Variety is the spice of life :-)


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Posted by Miss Ellie (Minneapolis, Mn) on 04/20/2018

I have an 11 y/o, 12 lb, shih-Tzu-maltese, Ellie. I must say I LOVE EARTHCLINIC and thank you ALL for taking time to contribute natural alternative remedies. My dog has refused VET treatments for at least 1/2 of her life because of all the great info on this website!!! So, I'm going to chime in for all that has worked so well for her so others can benefit as well. This one has to do with unusual scooting issues all fall through winter.

I finally ordered the Silicea 6x on Amazon since no one carried it at a brick and mortar here. Started giving her 1 pellet/day and slowly increased to 3 pellets/day until her scooting eventually stopped and her poop was more solid. It took about 2 weeks (give or take). Oh what a relief, she says!! If I saw her start to scoot I'd just give her another one time dose and she was fine.

Posted by Maria (San Francisco, CA) on 03/31/2009

One of my dogs (I have 2) has had problems with her anal glands since she was a puppy so, I learned to empty her glands myself. I can't afford relaying on Vets and their assistants for that. They just look after money: Veterinary is a big business. Just that.

Occurred twice that my dog's glands got impacted and when I pressed it, pus came out from there, she was also scooting her but a lot so... I treated her with homeopathy. On the first day: I gave Belladonna 6X , 1 pearl each 2 hours (at least 15 min. apart from meals, water or treats), direct on her mouth. She was kind of quiet but eating normally.

On the follow day I started with Silicea 6 X, 1 pearl each 2 hours again apart meals. Within 3 days she started to come back to herself and in 5 days she's good as "new" but the treatment is supposed last for total 10 days.

When they are nervous or agitated for any reason I give Flowers of Bach, which is usually the "Rescue Remedy" (3 drops on their mouth) Few hours later they're fine.

Replied by Cynthia
(Chennai, India)

You said that you used Belladonna. What symptoms did your dog have that had you decide that?

I only had Silica 30C and it seem to make it worse, so I went back to Heper Sulf. From what I've read, the Silica pushes stuff outside of the body and the HS makes it go away.

My dog has been getting better with HS 30C three times a day.

From what I have learned in Classical Homeopathy, I don't give a "course of treatment," but I observe the symptoms and that rule what I do.

Oh, and I had my dog on heavy antibiotics and they were no miracle cure for this.

The Silica 6x is supposed to be good for pushing stuff out of the body. I need to get some and try it. It would be good to hear experiences that people have treating the anal sacs. I could see that you might need to alternate them. Of course again, we go by the symptoms. Also, a trained homeopath would go by more than just the problem with the anal sacs and look at the dog as a whole.

Another thing, I feed my dog only raw meat and meaty bones. This is the first time he has ever had this problem in six years. I had to leave him for two weeks just after he was bitten and getting rabies shots. Google the raw meat diet and that might be something you want to consider.

Replied by Mccavalier
(Mckellar, On Canada)

My understanding in treatment of anal gland abcess is to give low potency hepar sulph first up to 3 x daily until the abcess breaks, then use Silicea to clear it away. I also use a cue tip to keep the hole open until all the pus drains away. In addition I use a warm water and natural soap compress several times a day. This procedure works very well.

Replied by Betty
(Lead Hill)

Also, as an alternative to expressing glands yourself, and going the vet--groomers can do this. Mine charges $10.

Homeopathy - Silicea 6c

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Posted by DL (CT) on 08/11/2020

My elderly dog started having anal gland issues - leakage and was licking his rear end constantly. I recently moved to the area and haven't found a vet yet, so I researched remedies on Earth Clinic and the net and found a great article about Silicea 6c for Anal Gland leakage. I bought it online and promptly tapped 2 pellets into the side of his mouth to dissolve as soon as I got them. (Didn't touch the pellets). I repeated this twice a day.

His issue was better in 24 hours and solved in 3 days. What a fabulous remedy.

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