Anal Gland Remedies for Cats and Dogs

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

Posted by Jes (Jackson Heights, Ny) on 02/07/2012
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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.

Posted by Margaret (Worcester, MA) on 11/11/2006
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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.

Wheat Bran, Digestive Enzymes
Posted by Janet (Annapolis Md) on 05/03/2022
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I use wheat bran in my kitties food with digestive enzymes powder for cats. Helps constipation. I also make him chicken broth with carrots in broth while simmering. He loves it.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
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.

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 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 Poobo (Karachi, Pakistan) on 01/13/2010


I have a great dane with anal glands that need to be expressed quite regularly. because he stays indoors i can normally tell early on that he is developing a problem due to the odour and call in the vet. but it is a painful process for him and i want to avoid it if i can by starting a herbal remedy. i would like to start the pumpkin regime but have a silly question to ask. do i skin the pumpkin before i boil it? and for a great dane how much should i give him to begin with?

would really appreciate it if someone would please help me. i would like to start as soon as possible.

thank you.

EC: According to Margaret (11/11/2006): ..."feeding approximately 2 tablespoons canned 100% pure pumpkin 2X per day (for a dog weighing about 100 pounds)"

Posted by Saskatchewan Girl (Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada) on 07/09/2009
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Pumkin for stinky dog

Our dog had an accident with a loose stool on the floor about 4 days ago. It has been walking around since with a skunky type smell coming from it. I washed the dog thinking that maybe it had rolled in the stool which also had the foul odour. It worked for about 5 minutes when the smell returned. The dog had loose stools for 3 days when I just put him on straight rice...still the smell was awful but no more accidents on the floor. After 4 days of smelling skunky dog fart smell in our house (truly enough to make your eyes water in any room), I found this site about pumpkin. I started yesterday around noon. I gave 1 cup food to 1/4 cup pumpkin. About 4 hours later I repeated the same as the dog was still hungry. I searched the yard around supper time for an orange stool to see if he had passed anything firmer. I didn't find stool but what I did find was totally disgusting. It looked like a kiwi skin with white bones sticking out of it entwined in hair. It wasn't there earlier so I'm guessing it came out of the dog. After inspecting it looks like just the fur from a mouse and bones that have been stripped of meat. I'm guessing the dog ate this small rat/gopher (probably taken from our cat who only kills for pleasure) and ate it. With the amount of hair and the looks of the bones I think the dog probably ate it whole, digested what it could and the rest was maybe caught inside. Anyway the dog still stank bad that night but I continued with another dose of pumkin mix in the evening, a long jog and by about midnight the dogs odor smelled more like poop than this other stank. This morning it appears that the smell has passed as she is not making the kids gag anymore. I gave more pumpkin in same dose this morning and will continue the rest of the day which will hopefully keep things clear. Thanks for the tip, the vet can't get to her for a few more days and I was really starting to worry.

Posted by Bel (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) on 08/28/2009
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I have a 5 month old miniature dachshund who was displaying the symproms of blocked anal glands. After reading this post i decided to try the pumpkin. I boiled the pumpkin, the drained and pureed it. Once it was cool, i gave him 1/2 cup with his dinner and another 1/2 cup the next morning. We could see a difference in him after just a few hours. By the next night he was back to normal. He actually loved the pumpkin too, so i've frozen some in portions to give him a dose every week, just in case.

Thank you for the suggestion, it worked a treat and will consult this site whenever i have questions from now on.

Posted by Hacinta (Lake Worth, Fl) on 01/17/2010

Girl, I know your issue was what the dog ate. I just wanted to add something. About 20 years ago I had a Samoyed, he got very stinky, we really didnt know what the probelm was. This went on for almost a week, when I noticed his glands all red and swollen. The vet put him on antibiotics, 2 rounds, the infection came back. We ended up having to have the glands removed. This was long before I was intune with natural remedies and healing!

What made me comment was the smell, it was like a fishy stinky, that wouldnt go away. The dogs odor was so awful we made him stay in the kitchen on the tile floor. Easy to clean. This dog was about 100 pounds and he would stink up a room, while his infectin was active.

I now have an 8 pound chi, he has to have his glands expressed by the groomer every time he has his nails done. I would like to do it myself but am afraid of injuring him. Seems his stool is hard and normal most of the time. This is fairly common with small dogs.

Posted by Cynthia (Chennai, India) on 06/18/2010

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.

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.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
Posted by Terri (Ravenna, Ohio) on 04/06/2009

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

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Posted by Belinda (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) on 08/28/2009

I have a 5 month old miniature dachshund that was experiencing discomfort associated with blocked anal glands. I read on a website to feed them pureed pumpkin as the fibre helps to clear the blockages. I boiled the pumpkin in plain water, then drained and pureed. Once cool, I gave him 1/2 a cup that night and 1/2 a cup the next morning. It worked a treat!! He has had no more symptoms.

Now i will freeze a batch in portions and give him some each week.

and he LOVES it!

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Posted by Mary Ann (New Delhi, New Delhi, India) on 11/17/2009

Belinda, I have just read your mail and am going to try the pumpkin remedy on my 2 yr old dachshund, the poor little mite has been so ill over the last week. I am Mary Ann from New Delhi, India. Will let all know the results. Cheers!

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Posted by Lorayne (Sun City, Az) on 01/23/2012

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.

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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?

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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 Lauren (Tallahassee, Fl) on 08/29/2011

It sounds like pumpkin is the best remedy for this issue, but my cat is on urinary s/o food from the vet. Does anybody know anything about giving pumpkin for this issue to cats with dietary restrictions? I don't want it to make her block...

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 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.

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Posted by Peggy (Delbarton, Wv, Usa) on 08/18/2011

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. :)

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Posted by Apryl (Aiken, South Carolina) on 01/02/2012

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!

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Posted by Katherine (Townsville, Queensland) on 02/22/2012

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.

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Posted by Julie (Bridgwater, Somerset, England) on 11/19/2012

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.

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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.

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...

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!

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Suzanne (Southeast, Michigan) on 04/27/2008
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For those of you who have dogs with skin problems, skin allergies, anal gland issues, smelly coats, dirty or greasy feeling coat, smelly breath, please consider a raw diet. This is something that is becoming more well known and is growing in popularity. Commercial dog foods are the cause of so many health problems in pets. My dog had horrible anal gland problems(have you ever smelled anything so horrid?) Instead of having his anal glands extracted over and over, and for other health reasons that need to be addressed, I switched him to a raw diet. My three dogs and one cat have now been eating a raw diet for two years now. Raw meaty bones, some organ meat, and then a couple times a week, a few supplements like fish oil, yogurt, raw egg, kale. It's similar to something called the BARF diet for pets, but a simplified version. Two books by Tom Lonsdale, Raw Meaty Bones, and Work Wonders, are a good place to start reading about the diet. There are web sites and yahoogroups as well. There is a formula for percentage of meat/bones/organ, so it's important to read about the diet before jumping into it. It should also be a very gradual transition. My dogs teeth are super clean and white (even my 9yr old lab) because they're eating like their ancestors did; ripping the meat off bones, chomping on bone (raw bones only -- cooked bones are a choking hazard). Since starting this diet, besides being overall healthier pets, other benefits: clear anal glands because the poop is a bit harder, healthier skin and coat, no dog smell or doggy breath, much less poop because no fillers, etc., as in dry food I never have to clean up poop in my yard! Natural diet means natural poop; in a few days, it turns white and crumbles away. Also, my dogs are happier. They love the raw diet. I had one very stubborn cat who I just couldn't get to transition to a raw diet, so I fed her Evo, the more natural dry food. That did help her allergies, but I still would rather she went raw.

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 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.

Homeopathic Gunpowder 3x
Posted by Angelina (Redondo Beach, Ca ) on 07/09/2011

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.

Posted by Sarah (Dallas, Tx) on 07/23/2010
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This morning my 3-year-old cat dragged poop all over my house. I searched the net on why and found that she might have impacted anal glands. I took her to the vet, and sure enough, they said that was her problem, and they had expressed them. The cost to me was $25.00 and I really can't afford extra expenses right now. Also, I don't ever want poop all over my house again. So I came to Earth Clinic and read how much canned pumpkin had helped other peoples' pets-even cats. I went out right away and there was one can of pumpkin left at the grocery. I mixed it in her wet food (I give her dry, with a couple of spoons of wet) and she ate it happily. I was curious, and put a little half spoon of pumpkin also in her bowl, while she was eating--and she ignored the rest of her food, and licked up all the pumpkin! Next thing, I found her scraping around in her litter box, which had been untouched for the last 24 hours. I believe this has solved the problem, very easily--thank you to Earth Clinic, and to all who post here!

Warm Bath
Posted by Anna (PA) on 01/23/2022

I am also using pumpkin baby food or prune baby food as well.

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.

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.

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!

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 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 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 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!

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 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!

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 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 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 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 Selma (Boston) on 10/19/2014
5 out of 5 stars


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 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 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?

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

Hey Cathi!

Raw is preferred if your dog will accept it.

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.

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