Steps for Cleaning Anal Glands:
1. Cover the base of the tub in plastic refuse bags or an old towel.
2. Position your pet inside the tub (empty of water) with its head to the left and anal area to the right (for right handed people).
3. With one hand hold your pet’s tail firmly (at the base) and lift the tail out of the way. Gently hold a warm compress to the anal opening and surrounding areas for a minute or two.
4. ext, (while still holding the tail out of the way), with the other hand, wearing a latex glove dipped in warm water, insert the index finger gently just inside your pets anal opening. (This is uncomfortable for your pet, so do this slowly and gently!)
5. Use the thumb of the same hand and place it on the outside of the anal opening at approximately 7 o’clock at which point you should feel the anal gland between your fingers.
6. Very gently pinch the anal gland between your fingers and the accumulated secretion should squirt out. You should be able to feel the anal sack shrink in size as you’re gently squeezing.
7. Move your fingers to the 5 o’clock position and gently squeeze in the same way.
8. Once the glands have been expressed, wash out the black, brown, or gray substance that comes out with shampoo in order to get rid of the unpleasant odor.
[box style=”rounded” border=”full“]Discover The Deadly Secret The Dog Food Industry Spends Millions To Make Sure You Never Find Out Click Here![/box]
Help for Cleaning Anal Glands
If you feel that this procedure is complicated, if the dog seems to be in a lot of pain, or if the substance that comes out of the dog’s anal glands is green or black or contains blood, it could mean that there is an infection in the anal glands. If this happens make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.
Luckily for pet owners, there are many natural herbs that have long been used to cleanse the animal body and assist with waste removal. Urtica urens is excellent for natural cleansing and soothing while Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) is a well-known and effective herbal cleanser helping to detox your pets system and is perfect for use on the anal glands.
Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) and Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) will help to support the health of the skin around the anal glands and help speed healing. In addition, Silica is a natural remedy excellent for supporting natural emptying of the anal sacs, also helping to keep the anal ducts open.
Natural herbal remedy helps cleanse, soften and empty impacted, irritated anal glands in dogs & cats
A high-fiber diet, as well as regular use of Anal Gandz and PetAlive Natural Moves (to keep your pet regular), will also help to support regular emptying of the anal glands, as healthy bowel movements will express the glands naturally.
More Information on Cleaning Anal Glands
Tips for anal gland health
- Feed more fiber. If you’re feeding your dog homemade food, give him/her an additional half to one serving of vegetables. This will help to ‘bulk up’ stools. This will mean more pressure to empty the sacs.
- Improve quality. If you are feeding low-quality dog food, try introducing dog food that has two meat sources in the top 3 ingredients listed (indicates larger quantities contained in the food).
- Exercise. Walking helps “things” move in the right direction and strengthens the rectal and abdominal muscles!
- Repeat the procedure (outlined above), regularly during bath time to keep your dog’s anal glands in optimal health – or take them to the vet now and then to have the anal sacs expressed.