Anal Gland Remedies for Cats and Dogs

| Modified on Feb 19, 2021

Vaseline
Posted by Gail (Tennessee) on 08/26/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Pumpkin
Posted by Liz12962 (Grand Island, Ny, Usa) on 01/30/2012

I have a 3 year old Beagle who has a problem with his anal glands. We have to keep getting them expressed on an average every 2 weeks. I have learned how to do this to cut the cost. I have started him on canned pumpkin. This has been going on for close to 3-4 months.

My vet has talked to me about surgically removing these glands, but surgery is so scary, and I have read about nasty side effects. Does anyone have any suggestions? We would really appreciate them very much.

Pumpkin
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.


Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, Epsom Salt Baths
Posted by Gwen (Boulder/Denver, Colorado, Usa) on 09/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I've dealt with anal gland issues in cats & dogs. I have a little puppy mill dog & we don't know what she is, but is a dog that looks like a cat & licks herself like a long haired kitty. Pumpkin works great for releasing hair balls. She sometimes pucks them or pass it in her stool. Hence the AG problem I think.

I also add coconut oil & coconut flacks for AG abscesses. Coconut oil & flakes also guards against all kinds of ailments, tumors, arthritis, tooth problems & so forth. Check the coconut oil remedies section on EC for people & what you find will also work for your animals! Remember you are working with natural/pure substances, so it is very hard to over dose. Just get close in measurements which a lot of people will post dosages they use. Using common sense should be enough & because it is a natural substance, the most you might have to deal with would be diarrhea if you use too much. Then lower the dosage.

I wanted to add, if you are dealing with an abscess, there are other things you can do. I will put my pet in a sitz bath of Epsom salts to start drawing the infection out & soaking in the warm water brings them relief. Once again check the abscess section on EC for people. Adding Turmeric to food also is a good idea if it is a chronic problem. I picked up a great tip there about telling the difference between boil, abscess, zit, ingrown hair duct, etc. Just put a cotton ball soaked in peroxide. If a boil, it won't do anything, but abscess, or zit or such, it will bring it to a head & drain the pus or infection in the area. I keep peroxide soak going for about 20-30 minutes. By the time I remove the soaked cotton, it will usually drain the infection immediately, or let you know what you are dealing with! Depending on size & length of infection, I may have to add another 20-30 minute soak before it drains, but it will drain & black colored abscesses will turn back to white/natural color. You could also make solution of peroxide, & Epsom in warm water & keep applying with a cloth, if they will let you because it is very painful for them. I like the idea of sea salt solution injection to kill infection, but I would think you would want swelling down before trying to administer. Ouch! Good luck & Many Blessing to You & Your Little Ones!

P. S. Some cures for people are posted in the animal section not posted for people & vise-a-versa. Use common sense as Mother Earth has given us everything we need to heal!

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Stephanie (Douglasville, Georgia, Usa) on 06/18/2012

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!


Pumpkin
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.


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.


Pumpkin
Posted by Devlin (Toronto, Canada) on 07/19/2010

Yes you can use pumpkin on a cat 1-2 tablespoons for 15 pounds I use it daily with my cats. One is diabetic/with anal gland problems and the other had constipation issues. They will get the same issues as a gerartic human as they age. . . Chicken Gizzards (RAW)(store bought from your butcher or at the grocery store safe as it's sold to humans - (egg whites will help to strengthen the kidneys), ground up and add to the wet food is a great source of nutrition as they age. . Make sure to add pumpkin daily! Good Luck with your furry friend please give his tail a tug for me. :)


Pumpkin
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.


Pumpkin
Posted by Zoe (Haslet, Tx) on 01/02/2010

My question regarding the pumpkin cure for anal gland problems, having a 20lb Cavalier, what dosage should be given and how often, and for how long? thank you so much for the great solution, as she is having an anal gland rupture today and we cannot see Vet for 2 days, he's out of town, so we are looking for any good help

ZOE

Pumpkin
Posted by Christie (Up North, Michigan) on 05/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Canned Pumpkin for dog anal gland problems:

My husband and I have been using 100% canned pumpkin on my cocker spaniel as needed for about a year. I found this remedy online when researching her abcessed anal gland problem. We are pretty in tune with her and can notice right away when she is beginning to get a little discomfort in the area, tucking her butt in when she sits, the licking and scooting etc.. we immediately give her a tablespoon of pumpkin every night for a few days and it completely takes care of the problem. Her stools become more formed and compact - not to mention orange from the pumpkin.. But it takes care of the problem for several weeks at least, we'll give it to her whenever we think she might be brewing another swollen gland, or if we notice her having a bout of loose stools. I swear by this and recommend it to every pet owner I know.

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

LOVE THE WEBSITE IS VERY UPLIFTING TO KNOW THERE IS A CURE FOR THIS PROBLEM THAT POOR DOGS AND CATS CAN FIND RELIEF AT LAST THROUGH THE TESTIMONY OF OTHERS IT REALLY TOUCH MY HEART BECAUSE WHEN OUR ANIMALS SUFFER WE SUFFER WITH THEM TOO I JUST STARTED TO USE THE COCONUT OIL AND PUMPKIN ON MY POMERANIAN THANK YOU FOR THE INFO

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Linda (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 09/14/2012

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


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!

Lisa


Pumpkin
Posted by Rob (Denver, CO) on 02/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

It's been just over 6 weeks since Cowboy starting using pumpkin for his anal sac and hairball issues and I'm simply blown away by the results.

He's been to the vet twice since his last anal sac abscess (12/20/08)for rechecks and each time his glands have been empty. That alone is simply miraculous. In the past he wasn't able to empty his anal sacs naturally through defecation. Prior to the pumpkin remedy both of those vet visits would have resulted in the vet having to manually express his glands to prevent them from abscessing. The pumpkin appears to have cured him of this horribly painful and long-term condition.

The other issue was the daily or 4-5x per week hairball vomiting. Having to clean the mess I've always monitored the condition very closely. I would mark the calendar each time he would throw up with either a V if he threw up and there were no hairball seen or an HB if I saw a hairball. It was very common for him to throw up between 18-24 days monthly. Since we've begun the pumpkin remedy he's thrown up only one time in February.

This was a chronic condition for most of his life and the vet kept telling me because he was a long haired cat it was basically something we'd have to deal with. She prescribed the petroleum malt products which is supposed to help lubricate the digestive tract and allow the hairball to pass naturally. I may have used 1/4 of a tube, if that, and just threw that stuff away because it didn't work. Also, I never felt comfortable giving my cat a petroleum based product anyway.

I am so elated to have discovered the healing properties of pumpkin. I'm convinced Cowboy will live a much more comfortable life because his digestive system is working efficiently now.

As for the amount I give him it's certainly been a process where I started off using approximately 1/2 tsp mixed in his meal of grain-free canned natural cat food and about 1/2 medallion of raw cat frozen food (nature's variety). We've worked up to 1 tsp with each meal so he's getting about 2 tsp daily now.

He's also getting a small amount of probiotics with his morning meals to help restore some of the good bacteria that died off with the antibiotic therapies for the abscesses in the past.

Thank you Earth Clinic contributors for this valuable natural remedy. I'm eternally grateful!


Pumpkin
Posted by Laynie (Lakewood, NJ) on 03/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I cannot even tell you how thrilled I am to have found the "pumpkin" cure for anal impaction! My dog, a small mixed breed, was at the point where I was taking her at least every two weeks to have her glands expressed! I started her on one teaspoon (she is small) of pumpkin mixed with her food and she has not had to have them expressed in over three months now!! It's a wonderful cure! If you haven't tried it, do so!! THANK you!!!

Warm Bath
Posted by Anna (PA) on 02/19/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Grain-Free
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.


Carrots
Posted by Kathryn4 (Lanham, Maryland, USA) on 03/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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:).


General Feedback
Posted by Sandi From Texas (Caldwell, Texas, Usa) on 06/17/2012

In May of 2008, Sue from Ontaga, New Zealand posted her vet had prescribed a medication that healed her dog's fistula and that she was going to find out the name of the drug. I cannot find another post from her. Am I just overlooking it.... has anyone heard from her.

I am in a desperate situation with my dog and am going to try several of the ideas from this website, but would still like to know what Sue got from her vet.

EC: Here's where you'll find her post: https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/anal_gland_issues.html#HOMEOPATHICGUNPOWDER3X


Pumpkin
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?


Pumpkin
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.


Pumpkin
Posted by Devlin (Toronto, Canada) on 07/19/2010

Pumpkin (Really low in sugar) 1 Big can has only 1% sugar. It's a really good source of fiber an option for not only anal gland problems but also for constipation. (As our pets age they go through the same issues a geriatic elderly person would go through). I have a diabetic cat that suffers with AG problems and my other cat suffers with constipation. They are both on a wet food diets with no sugars. Which means High in protein and low in carbs. . (No soy protein, grain, veg, fruits in the food etc etc) Absolutely no dry. Anyway since then the one with constipation issues it has not come back (Adding 1-2 table spoons of pumpkin a day) Keep an eye on their stool it should not be runny if it is cut back you are adding too much. Neither have a problem with eating it as I mix it well into their food, with egg whites which help to strengthen the kindeys, vitamins, and every second day Chicken Gizzards (RAW cut into tiny pieces - if you have a grinder grind. ) (The nutritional value is really high and it's the closest thing I can think of to implement what they would eat in the wild) Store bought for humans. (Really cheap)

As for the anal gland issue if he gets another infection (could be his stool is too hard affecting the glands) it will usually open the same wound from the last infection. The best thing for this is a Syringe and Saline solution that you can get from the pharmacy. Use it like an enema and the salt water will kill any kind of infection! Instantly!!! Do it as often as you can and watch the infection come out. This is only if you notice in an emergency situation (Late at Night) then bring them to the vet for a check up to make sure all the infection is gone. This happened to me before and when I brought him to the vet the vet said there is nothing wrong with him and didn't want to give an antibotic.. Which I was fine with. (A thermomonitor is also your best friend and to know what the normal level of for your dog or cat is valuable)!!! That is all the vet did was take his temperature and looked at where the infection was. (The whole lump dissapeared). You can also use saline for a wound, tooth infection, eye infection any kind of abcess... But you must also bring for a check up to make sure the infection is gone. Good Luck


Homeopathy
Posted by Maria (San Francisco, CA) on 03/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Kate (Charlotte, Nc) on 05/29/2012

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).


Pumpkin
Posted by Kelly (Nashville, TN ) on 11/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Canned pumpkin (100% pure pumpkin) is a great cure for dog who must have their anal glands expressed due to impactions. Also, my two dogs take enzymes and herbs daily. The herbs smell (and most likely taste) really bad. I mix them in a few teaspoons of pumpkin and add a couple of drops of omega 3 and vitamin E and a drop or so of Agave nectar. No problem getting them to eat this.

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!!


Prunes
Posted by Jes (Jackson Heights, Ny) on 02/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I started with 2 prunes for my Beagle. I now give her one prune daily and no scooting. I have to try to figure out how to get my cat to eat them since she has a scooting problem now.


Pumpkin
Posted by Margaret (Worcester, MA) on 11/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

feeding approximately 2 tablespoons canned 100% pure pumpkin 2X per day (for a dog weighing about 100 pounds). This cures anal sac impaction. My Rottweiler had anal sac problems from too soft stools and was in misery after eliminating. We had to take him several times to the vet for her to express the sacs- which he found rather unpleasant. She suggested we increase the fiber content of his diet and suggested we try the pumpkin. We started out with 1 tblsp/feeding (twice a day) and then upped it to 2 tblsp/feeding (twice a day) because of his size. He loves his pumpkin and has it every day. He has not had one bout of anal sac problems since we have started him on the pumpkin and this has been for almost 2 years now.

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.



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