AnalGlandZ helps to lubricate the anal glands of your pet. It also helps to cleanse the anal area, support healthy anal glands, it works as an aid to manual extraction of anal glands during grooming and support natural emptying of the anal glands.
AnalGlandz should be used initially once a day. Routine may be reduced to once or twice weekly as maintenance. You can add 5 - 10 drops to 1/4 cup of warm water . Using clean cotton swabs, apply gentle pressure as a hot compress directly over the anal opening.
It should be for external use only
What are anal glands?
Our dogs’ anal glands have an important function: lubricate the rectum to achieve a better evacuation. In cases where the anal glands do not work as regularly as they should, especially in older dogs, the consequences can be serious: infections, bad odour, and the most dangerous: an abscess.If we study anatomically our dogs or cats, we will see that the anal glands are located next to the anus and are about the size of a grape. The primary purpose of these anal glands is to store a lubricating substance, necessary at the moment of defecation. With it, evacuation becomes easier.
There is another very important function for this gland: recognition by other individuals of the same species. We always see the dogs smelling in the anal region. With the odor that comes off these glands (which is different for each dog), they identify with each other.
If the anal glands are not emptied
It is normal for dogs to empty these glands alone. However, they may also find it difficult to do so by age, pregnancy, or even by other circumstances. Under normal conditions, the secretion our animals produce is eliminated by passing the feces through the anus. However, it should be remembered that inflammation and infection are very frequent and may be the case of fluid retention in the inflamed anal area. The causes can be very soft stools or also by a very dense secretion.
Signs that anal glands are not OK.
The signs that we will see in our animal are an irritating itching, moderate or intense pains, lack of appetite, we will see our pet licking the zone continuously if dragging by the ground or spinning without stopping, seeking relief. If we detect blood in the region, we need to go to the veterinary clinic immediately.
These two "glands" are small deposits located on each side of the rectum, located between the internal and external anal sphincter muscles, one on each side of the anus. The anal sac, or anal gland, empties through a narrow, narrow duct located at the inner edge of the anus. Each bag is filled with oily material, sebaceous glands, and apocrine glands. The secreted substance is a semi-oily fluid, which carries a strong odor.
The anal glands have the function of spreading the odour of a dog where it passes, this is for other dogs to identify, this odour is unique and works to identify who passed by. They produce a brown liquid, and as I just mentioned, the odor of this gland is very strong and fetid even for us, for them that have the most powerful sense of smell has the power to send a unique information of who is presenting itself, for this reason, the dogs, when introducing themselves to one another, lift their tails and sniff for a while, that is how they present themselves to one another. At times like fear, anxiety or happiness, the dog can release this secretion.
Anal glands disorders
One study indicated that disorders of the anal sac, or anal gland, affect about 12% of dogs worldwide. There is a lot of speculation as to why dogs, cats, and other mammals have an anal gland. One of these theories suggests that the content of the anal gland, or anal sac, when excreted next to feces or by simple passage or contraction of the anal sphincter muscle, acted as a powerful territorial marker. This feature is of great help in the case of wild or non-domiciled animals, as it is as if, roughly speaking, the animal was telling the other that this is a forbidden sign to overtake. Another theory, says the material of the anal gland, lubricates hard stools, which makes the passage easier. Luckily people do not have anal glands.
For unknown reasons, some dogs produce a rather thick, semi-solid material, and these animals are much more likely to have problems with the anal gland, or anal sac, because of the inability to pass this semi-solid material through a narrow conduit to excrete this substance. In many cases, the anal sac or anal gland, will infect, causing in addition to pain and inflammation, a rash on the surface of the dog's skin.
Some people who take the dogs to bath in pet shop complain to the bathers that their dog already returns of the bath with bad smell, in face of this some establishments have the custom of emptying this gland to avoid this complaint of the owner, only that this habit may causing inflammation of the glands, so that you and your puppy have complete safety, it is indicated that this emptying of the anal gland is only done when recommended by the veterinarian and performed by the veterinarian.
If your puppy begins to exhibit the symptoms below, it is time to seek out a veterinarian.
Biting the tail;
Drag the butt on the floor;
Having difficulty to defecate
Pain and discomfort
The dog with inflammation of the anal gland demonstrates a noticeably annoying behaviour and it is because of the inflammation of the region that he rubs his butt on the floor, licks constantly to get some relief or tries to bite this place. The inflammatory process can progress to an infection, forming openings in the skin where the fluids that cause the inflammation will be excreted.
The gland being normal functioning is naturally depleted in the act of defecating. Obstruction of the orifice, insufficient drainage or excessive production of secretion may cause inflammation in the anal glands leading to an infection in which it will produce pus, blood, and secretion.