Anal Gland Remedies for Cats and Dogs

| Modified on Feb 19, 2021

Warm Bath
Posted by Anna (PA) on 02/19/2021
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Hi. I am using these remedies. Also Vets Best hairball treats are great for AG issues in my cat. Bulks up her stool and has slippery elm to sooth the tract. But I also found if she is having issues, I sit her in a warm bath for while and then pat around her butt area and the water softens the AG liguid and I see it come out in the bath water. So the bath works well for serious blockage.

Homeopathy - Silicea 6c
Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 08/11/2020
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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.

Homeopathy - Silicea 6c
Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 08/11/2020
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Cm (Colorado) on 09/06/2018
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Not sure why these posts are not in order of date posted. Anyway, 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. Its 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...

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

Epsom Salt, Silicia
Posted by Diane (Pennsylvania, Usa) on 04/07/2018 3 posts
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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.

Posted by Allison (Tallahassee ) on 01/11/2018

Wondering how you prepare egg whites?? Raw cooked how many and gizzards are the cooked or raw and any other advice for failing kidneys??? pumpkin???

Psyllium Husk Fiber
Posted by Sandy M. (Cincinnati) on 11/24/2017

hi! I have a 50# Pitt mix. I have tried just about everything! Pumpkin, carrots, apples, zuchinni, coconut oil, oatmeal, lentils, chia seed.... How often do u give the phsylium? Did a vet tell u to try it? So u gave it 1 time and it helped? Help!

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

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.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Sandy (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 06/22/2017

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!

Posted by Nick (Toronto) on 05/25/2017

My cats been dragging its butt after it poops and it looks liquidity!!! His appetite is good eats and drinks!!! What should I do? Pumpkin?

Psyllium Husk Fiber
Posted by Brandy Stone (A) on 04/30/2017
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I used psyllium husk fiber mixed with low sodium chicken broth to help my dog express her anal glands. I noticed my dog scooting her butt across the grass when we were outside playing. She also had a slightly fishy smell coming from her back side, and she seemed to lick quite a bit as well. I figured she had a problem with her anal glands. I did some research- and decided to try increasing her fiber. I broke open some fiber capsules and measured about half of a tablespoon. I mixed that with some chicken broth (half a cup to a cup) and gave it to her rigbt away. The fiber expands quickly, so they have to drink it ASAP. She drank the mixture at about 5pm. The next morning, as soon as she got outside she took a healthy bowel movement, followed by 2 more a few minutes later! No more fishy smell, no more scooting, and no more licking!

I have a 50 pound black mouth cur. If you have a small dog, I'd reduce the dosage. The fiber is meant to scrub the colon and make the dog have a solid bowel movement, so keep that in mind. Also, you should probably watch your pet to make sure they have a successful bowel movement after taking the fiber. They may need your assistance.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Denise Ward (Westboro Ma) on 04/29/2017 20 posts

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...

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/14/2017

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 :

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!

Yogurt, Coconut Oil, Pumpkin
Posted by Cathy (Bensenville, Il) on 03/10/2017
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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...

Posted by Lisa (Brookfield, Missouri ) on 03/05/2017

How much does your dog weigh?

Posted by Carol (North Carolina) on 11/09/2016

I would use this for a kitten. I would give about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon once or twice a day in food.

Posted by Shirley (New Brunswick) on 11/09/2016

I have a kitten, he is only 6 months old and I just noticed he has this AG problem, I see a lot of people using the pumpkin cure, my question is, would my kitten, being so young be able to take this? and if so how much should I give him? I fell so bad for him and know he must be in pain, please help.

Thank you so much.

Posted by Rhonda (Canada) on 11/03/2016

How to prepare pumpkin puree. Wash the outside of the pumpkin. Cut off the top. Scoop out the seeds. Put it in a shallow pan. Put in oven at 350 F for about 1 - 1.5 hours. It's done when you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. Remove and cool. Juice will pool in the bottom of the pan. Drain that off and set aside. The cooled pumpkin skin easily peels off. Put the flesh in a bowl amd mash/puree. Store in fridge up to 5-6 days in a covered container OR freeze pumpkin scoops on wax paper or a plastic tray. Then store in freezer bags for later use.

Posted by Angelina (Queens) on 10/22/2016

My dog is biting his back closer to his butt, and though it's not all day long I know something is wrong, I called the vet and the woman said to bring him in and explained it sounds as if he needs his anal glands cleared, this has never happened before. I keep reading these Post and they say to give your pet pumpkin. The pumpkin they and you are referring to, is it the Libby's Pumpkin?

Posted by Kerry (Western Australia) on 09/15/2016

Hi, I have Rosie 8 year old staffy who has anal gland problems her whole life. I visit the vet regularly to get them emptied I've just read that pumpkin could help. She eats raw beef mince with boiled rice and grated carrots as her meal. She is 28 kg how much and how often should I give the puréed pumpkin to her? She sleeps in the house so when she leaks the smell is horrible

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 08/11/2016

Leanne yes, of course.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/10/2016

Hey Leanne,

You can use boiled pumpkin or squash or beets even - just make sure they are well broken down.

Posted by Leanne (Wild Australia) on 08/09/2016

We don't sell canned pumpkin in Australia. Can I boil pumpkin instead for my dogs anal glands?

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 08/03/2016

Brenda I totally agree with you. The people that care to look into their animals ailment and say to them self now what can I do to help my animal are totally dedicated. I have 3 occasions I took my animal to the vet and lost them every time. Now I treat them at home. I know when I need to go after all years ago. We only had old bush methods, but arm yourself with knowledge because you can help a lot of situations without drugs. Good luck for now and the future.

Posted by Brenda (Nc) on 08/02/2016

Anya, Thank you for the info. But I resent the remark of being too broke to own a pet. I take very good care of my cat but my husband just died and that took all my money. Sometimes because you can't take your animal to the vet does not mean you are not a good pet owner.

Posted by Brenda (Nc) on 08/02/2016

What can I buy to help my female cat that has infected anal glands. I can't afford the vet.

General Feedback
Posted by Donna (Dayton, Ohio ) on 08/01/2016

You can the cold pressed organic coconut oil at any grocery store plus get the unsweetened flakes there too. I am going to use them on my beagle. She scoots a lot too.

Posted by Sharon (Ireland) on 05/02/2016

We have a Rottacollie. How much coconut oil do you think she could tolerate? Please and thanks!

Posted by Sonya (San Diego) on 04/23/2016

Impacted anal glands!

I am so happy that I found this wonderful site. To all of the pet parents, Thank you so much for being so kind and supportive of each other. Great advice!

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Patty (Windsor, Berkshire ) on 03/26/2016

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?

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Jaspurr's Mrs. (Usa) on 03/06/2016

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.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/04/2016

Hello Sherie,

If you cannot find plain canned pumpkin at your market, do they sell fresh squash? Squash is far more common in the States, but I think it is increasing in popularity in your neck of the woods so you might be able to find it. Bake the squash and scrape out the meat and pulverize it in the blender and add that to your tinned cat food. Pumpkin /squash add bulk to the stool which helps express the anal glands when your cat defecates. To that end, in a pinch, many root veggies may suffice- beets are commonly added to pet food for bulk/filler because it does help with stool formation. You might also consider psyllium husks or other human products used to improve the consistency of stool.

Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 03/04/2016

If you can't easily get pure pumpkin (NOT the pumpkin pie filling which contains sugar & spices! ), get some virgin coconut oil. Start with 1/4 teaspoon added to her food (you do not need to melt it). Too much coconut oil could give her a mild case of diarrhea. So start with 1/4 teaspoon per day for a week, see how she tolerates it. I've given it to my dog and that totally solved her anal gland issues.

Posted by Sherie (United Kingdom) on 03/03/2016

Hi everyone ... My female cat is about to be operated on for removal of anal glands next week ... I can't get pumpkin anywhere so I've sent off for some which should arrive tommorow and I'm not sure if it's got sugar in it yet!!!!! Is there anywhere that I can send off for it please ?? I'm in United Kingdom X

Posted by Darlene (West Covina, Ca ) on 03/01/2016

My dog was actually on 4Life Transfer Factor and had been for 2 years when he developed chronic anal sac infections. It did not help him. I no longer give it to him. It is too expensive to keep buying if it is not helping.

Posted by Sherie H. (Kent, England) on 02/25/2016

Hi there, where can I buy pumpkin for my cat whom the vet is hoping to perform an operation costing me £1000?

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/01/2015

Hey Stevie!

You might consider feeding your boy a raw meaty beef rib or neck bone to bulk up his stool to help express his anal glands. You also would benefit to learn how to express the glands yourself to aid your boy when it appears he needs his glands expressed.

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Stevie (Kamloops) on 10/31/2015
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I have a 2 yr old pitty about 65 pounds and just started today on 2tbs of pumpkin and will do twice a day with his food. He only eats raw food diet mixed with vegetables but he still has this anal gland issue I have started notice the smell and him licking his bum a lot and also grabbing his tail which he never use to do. It's been about a week or so of this and just started to smell that almost metalic smell when he licks his bum. He has for a long time now had mucus in his stool which vet gave me anti biotics and some other stunt hat was to loosen off the intestine if there was a foreign body inside his intestine. But nothing worked and now this anal gland smell..I just hope this works as I spend more than I can afford just on his organic raw meet diet from a company called natural instincts. My point being is raw meat diet did not help as that's all he has ever been given by me.

Posted by Anna (Tx) on 10/02/2015

Yes, canned pumpkin. NOT "pumpkin pie filling, " which has added sugar etc. The ingredient should be pumpkin. Just check the label.

Posted by Samantha (Philadelphia) on 10/02/2015

What kind of pumpkin? In the can? Like you make pies with?

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Shelby (Utica, Ny) on 09/29/2015

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!!

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Lisa T (Fl) on 09/02/2015

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!


Posted by Gail (Tennessee) on 08/26/2015
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I find using vaseline around the anal area with light movement with your finger has a great effect in helping the glands to empty themselves! Use this even after finding them scooting! Only two vet bills with my third yorkie!

Posted by Lisa (Canberra, Act) on 08/09/2015

Curious about if Cherries can substitute for prunes?

Posted by Carola (Los Angeles) on 06/11/2015

Just read this post through.... learned about pumpkin for AG issues. My rescue cat (had him over 5 years now) has never had AG issues before.I love EC and have learned so much to help me, so thought I would give the pumpkin a try.

The biggest question seems to be about how much pumpkin to give your pet. Well, I just walked to my wholistic pet health center - they bake treats for our pets! - and found Organic Pumpkin. The product says 1 Tbs. per every 10 pounds of pet weight. The pumpkin is organic and the can is BPA free, made in Oregon.

I will try this for the AG issues. Had them "squeezed out" by my vet yesterday, but thought to look for something organic and preventative. I hope this works!

IF I do not post again - it works great. Long live our furry friends.

Posted by Walnut2015 (Az) on 05/27/2015

I see everyone is talking about dogs mostly on here. I need so help with options before I jump to the vet $$

"Walnut" my cat She has the 2nd stage or maybe 1 sac I think it might be an infection but not sure I saw the little black thing and I was trying to wipe it with a wet wipe and it wanted to come but I was a little worried of hurting her. I will try the pumpkin but I was not sure if there is anything else out there I should feed her.

I have another cat before who had stage 3 and the vet was so nice and took good care of my baby girl "cat" so people if u have stage 3 don't think ur extremely bad animal parent. My cat would just run off we thought it was because she was getting old 15 years old - then we saw her bottom. I was crying and got her to the vet asap.

Posted by Angela (Boston) on 04/30/2015

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 Becky (Kilgore, Texas) on 04/26/2015
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I have been using 1 teaspoon of pumpkin a day on my small dog also and have had real good results. I buy real small can of 100% pure pumpkin and divided it up and freeze it in small bags. I read it should be used in 5-7 days when stored in refig.

Posted by Haleh (Nj) on 03/26/2015

Hi! I read your post. My cat is 7 and hes having the same issue, lots of puss looking liquid oozing and squirting from his bum:/ took him to the vet n they said he has no problem, doesnt need to be expressed and his blood work looked great. But there's CLEARLY a problem! They don't know s---t and the antibiotics did nothing. Feeling very concerned and frustrated. Did the pumpkin remedy work on Cowboy?? Thanks so much for your help!! Best, Hal

Posted by Zoey Lover (Huntington Beach, California) on 03/16/2015

After reading about pumpkin and how it can eliminate my dogs anal glad issues, I want to try it but she just had an anal glad rupture and is on antibiotics. I need to know when I should start giving her the pumpkin? Should I wait and let the glad heal before putting extra stress on it? thx

Posted by Alex (La., US) on 03/09/2015

Hi, I have a ~15lb rat terrier mix that seems to have developed an anal gland issue.

I can see a smallish red bump that he licks from time to time. His activity seems normal - eats ok, plays, seeks attention, etc. I feed him a mix of chicken, brown rice, carrots, and greens twice daily. He just had a few days of diarrhea, which I feel may be related.

I honestly don't have money for a vet, especially as this does not seem to be an emergency. I've read a lot about the pumpkin solution, but I'm wondering if this works for dogs who are already showing signs beyond scooting? Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you!

Homeopathic Gunpowder 3x
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/22/2015


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

Posted by Betty (Lead Hill) on 02/21/2015

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

Homeopathic Gunpowder 3x
Posted by Betty (Lead Hill, Ar) on 02/21/2015

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.

Posted by Betty (Lead Hill, Ar) on 02/21/2015

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.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/19/2015

Hey Lisa!

The reply you have posted to is from 2013; in case the original poster is not around I will try to help.

You can use the standard ones for humans with dogs no problem. Some people prefer to use yogurt or kefir; I prefer the capsules as there is no complication from dairy and they capsules contain greater quantities of the probiotic. I just use 1 capsule am and pm in the food. I switch brands up often so as to get a wider variety of strains of probiotic species because if you over load the gut with just 1 species of probiotic it can have the same consequences as having none.

Posted by Lisa (Ny, US) on 02/19/2015

Hi thanks for the post! Just wondering what kind of probiotics you used and how much? Was it a standard one for humans? Thanks so much!

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Kristen (Spring Tx) on 01/26/2015

How much does it cost you a month to feed your animals raw food?

General Feedback
Posted by Justin (Austin, Tx) on 01/24/2015

Petsmart sells Castor and Pollux, a holistic brand, and they carry a 100% pumpkin puree. That's where I purchase mine. Our dog loves it.

Posted by Anya (Milton, Canada) on 12/17/2014

If your pet has a ruptured anal gland, see vet ASAP; if your vet is , "out of town" see another vet! Anywhere! OR go to ER ... For animals! Your vet should have provided you with another, even if it's their competition!

First stage swollen , constant licking, scooting, less pooping! If it's at the second stage "saculitis" its infected... with bacteria. Third stage is an abscess (vet will drain); next is ruptured... ( avoid this ) Which means a gaping slash that is guaranteed to get infected in a really serious way... also is extremly painfull!!!

If you got to the third stage, you really need to know your pet better! P.S. if you're too broke to even own a pet try hapar for 1 week if infected, then followed by silica the next week.... If no infection... Just use the silica for up to 10 days, call holistic vet/ doc or health food store .. find out dosage depending on weight... Or look it up, these natural remedies are not dangerous given in excess; better to give more then less. Don't forget a warm compress daily! Apply pressure if you're going to express yourself.... Keep away the crusties - don't wanna block the glands. P.S. ONLY buy Canned pumpkin at PET store... Try the lite, better for overweight, it also has oatmeal = more fibre.. Look up ways to add more fibre for a better stool, the more pushin expresses the cushions for the tushin... Lol

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/02/2014

Hey Gabbysue!

You can sure try the pumpkin, but it may help to take her in to the vet if you cannot express the glands yourself.

What may help resolve the issue is more exercise, and more fiber via the pumpkin on a daily basis. The pumpkin may cause your girl to have more bowel movements so keep an eye out to avoid accidents.

Posted by Gabbysue (Haltom City, Texas) on 12/01/2014

My 25 lb. dog, Rosie, has the anal gland issue. The vet has expressed them several times. She is dragging her butt again. I read about the pumpkin. Will the pumpkin take care of the problem or does she need them drained again before I start giving her the pumpkin? I know it's got to be painful for her for me or the vet to do that. I would appreciate any advice.

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.

Posted by Br (Sequim, Wa) on 10/26/2014

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!

Posted by Selma (Boston) on 10/19/2014
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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

Posted by Jackie Page (New York, Ny) on 09/21/2014

SHERIE (And LINDA) - Many years ago, my German Shepherd had an impacted anal gland. Her vet expressed the fluid - and told me that it would never go away. That I would have to keep bringing her in every so often so he could expel the fluid.

So, I started her on Vitamin C. The impaction never came back. This was a long time ago, so I forget what dosage I gave her (I'm guessing 500mg/day - spread out. She weighed 90 lbs) And, I don't remember for how long.

As I understand it, Vit C can be safely be given to cats up to 1500mg/day. I wouldn't use this much for your cat - maybe start with 100mg/day spread out over 3 meals. If it doesn't work - then, SLOWLY up the dose a bit. Repeatedly, if needed. (I've never needed to use more than 300mg/Day for a 10 lb cat for issues like Upper Respiratory). Use Vitamin C Capsules - so you can empty the powder into her food. Get a low dose capsule - so you can guesstimate the amount you're giving. And, Use Ester C or a buffered C, so it has less chance of upsetting her stomach. Do keep Baby Rice Cereal around to mix in her food - in case it causes diarrhea. AND, VERY IMPORTANT - if your cat has kidney problems - the C may not be safe for her. You should check with your vet (an alternative/holistic vet may be better to ask). If she's an older cat - Kidney problems are more likely. You might want to have her kidney function checked with blood work - even if she's not that old.

PS: Libby's makes pure pumpkin in a can - no other ingredients.

Another option that might work: 4Life Transfer Factor - Classic Formula. This is more expensive than Vit C ? but, it has alleviated/cured virtually every condition I've come across personally. Even conditions that vets had given up on (Including mammary tumor cancer in cats).

It is very safe, and will not conflict with any meds (Except for High-Dose Steroids - since Steroids knock down immune cells - and TF builds them up). TF is comprised of the same immune molecules you find in mother's first milk (Colostrum). It transmits immunities ? and quickly helps the body make more immune cells (I've seen this documented in blood work on my cats). I've also seen it actually repair "Stem Cells" (which are the cells that develop into tissues/organs)- so that it can sometimes even "fix" the damage.

It comes in capsule form - Open Capsule and add the powder to wet pet food. Most animals like the taste ? will lick it off the top (Otherwise, mix it into food). It can also be used topically ? sprinkle/dab the powder onto wet area. You can make the area lightly wet first - with a small amount of water on skin).

It is available only on the internet ( or through distributors. I recommend this specific company, because - this is the only company I have found that makes a product that contains ONLY Transfer Factor Molecules (Nothing else added).

This Transfer Factor Formula is much better than colostrum (which you can get in retail stores) - as it does not contain any milk, so can be used cross-species (This is a human formula), and, these TF molecules are 2000x more concentrated than in Colostrum. Good Luck, Jackie

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/15/2014

Hey Sherie!

Try 1 tablespoon of soft pumpkin and mix well into 1 can of wet cat food. You have to monitor your results from there, as it is all very individual. So he may need to take 1/2 tablespoon more or 1/2 less as you monitor your results.

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 09/14/2014

Hi Sherie, Kent UK --

Fresh pumpkin, steamed till soft. Then mix a quantity in the food, decrease or increase if needed. If you top the food with Nutritional Yeast from the health food store, it will be easily disguised and add the important vits B. A dab of VCO is always good. You may find more info. on EC on anal gland issues if you do a bit of EC research. All the best. Namaste, Om

Posted by Sherie (Kent, England) on 09/14/2014

Hi , my cat has anal gland issues and is in the vets once a month!! How on earth would I get a cat to eat pumpkin?? And at the moment in England pumpkin is being grown all over the place!! I need to know how to cook it, disguise it and the quantity????.. Please fellow comrades... Sherie

Posted by Opinion02122 (Attleboro, MA) on 08/21/2014

My dog just started with anal gland problems. I spoke to two different vets and was told a teaspoon of pumpkin a day will do the job. My dog is a 27 lb. Cavachon. The size of the dog I'm sure has an impact on how much to give, so check with your vet. Also, make sure it's 100% pumpkin and not pie filling. Check the ingredients!

Posted by Peggy (Patrick) on 08/10/2014

When my 8 year old Daisy, a shepherd mix, had this anal gland problem, I made sure she got a lot of pumpkin. I purchased the canned pumpkin, some say fresh is better. I mixed several spoonfuls with her dry food. I had no problem with her eating it. There are some good sweet potato treats too that seem to help. She now gets pumpkin or sweet potatoes frequently to avoid this problem. I hope this helps.

Posted by Gibi (NJ, US) on 08/09/2014
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I have 10 yrd old maltipoo.After getting bladder stone surgery a few months ago, he started having problems with AG 'scooting'. Also his anal area appears swollen. Tried a lot of things, but wary of most due to he has diabetes, on insulin shts 2x a day. Also has epileptic seizures. Last week , started giving 2 teaspoons plain lowfat yoghurt mixed in a little water. He gulped it down, appetite improved. Scooting very much reduced. Will keep u posted.

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

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/13/2014

Hey Cathi!

Raw is preferred if your dog will accept it.

Posted by Cathi Watson (East London, South Africa) on 05/13/2014

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?

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Posted by Kathy (Charleston, Wv) on 05/07/2014

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.

Posted by Kerrianne (Canberra, Australia) on 05/03/2014

THANK YOU!! My 5 year old Cavoodle, Napoleon, has had AG problems for the past 3 years. He has had infections approximately 6-8 times every year and been treated with antibiotics. It has reached a point where the vet has now recommended he has the AG's surgically removed. I have been desperately wanting to avoid surgery for my 'best friend' and I think you may have provided an alternative. I am off to get pumpkins tomorrow.

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

Posted by Lori (Maryland) on 09/30/2013
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As I read through the article on anal gland issues and then comments, I didn't notice anything on probiotics. My dog had several instances with impacted anal glands including them getting infected. The vet prescribed an antibiotic. But the second time he prescribed an antibiotic, the infection went away but came right back (like a child's ear infection would). So I thought about my kids and decided to try a probiotic. It worked great. In fact, it worked faster than the antibiotic. And now I add it to his food about once a week. He was already getting a healthy Merrick brand food, carrots and a little olive and or coconut oil. I have to be careful with olive oil and coconut oil. More than just a little and they will actually cause the impaction. My dog also can't have any steak fat or too much apple.

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Posted by Susan (New York) on 07/04/2013

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 Nell (Oxford, England) on 03/12/2013

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.

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