Updated: Feb 8
Anal glands are two sacs that sit either side of a dogs anus just below the skin. They produce a foul smelling, oily liquid that ranges from the colour yellow to brown.
They have two very important functions, the first one, and the most commonly known is their use in scent marking, and why dogs say hello by sniffing each other’s rear end, the second function is to remove toxins from the body.
Sometimes anal gland can be problematic for dogs and cause discomfort or distress.
Some signs of anal gland problems such as impactions, include but are not limited to :-
Excessive licking and chewing around their rear end and base of the tail, to relieve the itch of full glands and trying to empty them.
Distinctive dog anal glands smell often described as a mix of rotting fish and faeces
‘Scooting’ – dragging their bottom along the ground with their back legs stuck straight out in front, often leaving a stain trail behind them.
Problems going, with lots of straining and possibly appearing painful to poo.
Spots of greasy, smelly discharge left on the floor, usually tan to brown in colour.
Reluctance to have their hind end touched, possibly showing increased aggression because, for the dog, swollen anal glands are painful.
Diarrhoea or another digestive upset just before other symptoms become apparent.
If your dog is suffering with any anal gland issues it is important to get them seen by your veterinary surgeon to ensure there are no other sinister factors in play such as an infection.
So what can cause problematic sacs?
There are plenty of reasons why the sacs don’t discharge themselves normally.
For instance if the dogs stool isn’t bulky enough as it lacks fibre, if the dog is obese, anatomical issues, or the body is producing to many toxins because of poor nutrition, over vaccination, illness or the use of some chemicals. There is some evidence to suggest certain breeds are more prone to anal sac problems.
When it comes to any issues with your four legged friend prevention is always better than the cure, so I’m going to share how, along with its many other benefits, PreproFlex by Kater49 can help to ensure anal gland health.
Not only is PreproFlex a prebiotic and probiotic it’s is also a toxin remover and tummy settler.
It has the ability to bind together the bad toxins so the body can eliminate them and to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. If the toxins are removed via the digestive system it should in turn reduce the toxins moving to the anal sacs.
Bentonite is a negatively charged clay, toxins are positively charged and if we rewind our brains back to our secondary school chemistry we may remember that atoms like to be neutral, so the bentonite attracts and draws out the toxins, binds to it and the the digestive tract eliminates via its usual route.
Bentonite also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
The dietary fibre we use to bulk out the stool are prebiotic too.
The Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), is a type of prebiotic originating from the yeast cell wall (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). It has gained more prominent attention, mainly due to its ability to bind the threadlike fimbriae on pathogenic bacteria preventing them from attaching to the gut wall, thereby averting their stabilization and the resulting colonization and multiplication, up to the disease level. It is a very capable solution for reducing antibiotic use, as well as furnishing effective support for digestion and immunity.
The other prebiotic is Fructo-oligosaccharide a which is also well known for promoting the friendly bacteria in the large intestine.
The beta glucans play an effective role in reducing infections that can occur in the body.
Of course PreproFlex is also a probiotic and our choice of probiotic is Bacillus Subtilis which we believe is far superior to the popular E. faecium.