Prevention of Anal Glands in Canines
Prevention of Problems
An easy step to take is to improve the firmness of
your dog's stools. Start with not giving your dog table scraps. These
types of foods can cause the stool to be too soft. Also consider adding
fiber to your dog's diet either through the commercial dog food you
purchase or by adding a supplement to your dog's diet such as PetAlive
Natural Moves which contains the fiber Psyllium nigrum.
You can also try adding a herbal supplement to
your dog's diet which contain ingredients such as:
- Urtica urens for
natural cleansing, (Obertreis, B., Giller, K., Teucher, T., Behnke, B.,
and Schmitz, H. “Anti-inflammatory effect of Urtica dioica folia
extract in comparison to caffeic malic acid”. Arzneimittelforschung.
- Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)
herbal cleanser found all over the world. This herb will also act as an
excellent skin cleanser and detoxifier and is perfect for use on the
- Matricaria recutita (German
Chamomile) widely used as a gentle cleansing and
soothing herb. (Maiche, A. G., Grohn, P., and Maki-Hokkonen, H. “Effect
of chamomile cream and almond ointment on acute radiation skin
reaction.” Acta Oncol 1991;30(3):395-396.)( Glowania, H. J., Raulin,
C., and Swoboda, M. “Effect of chamomile on wound healing--a clinical
double-blind study.” Z.Hautkr. 9-1-1987;62(17):1262, 1267-1271.)
- Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
will help to support the health of the skin around the anal glands.
- Silica (6C) Silica
is a natural remedy excellent for supporting natural emptying of the
anal sacs. Silica will also help to keep the anal ducts open.
One product which is made specifically for this
purpose and is a good source for additional research is
AnalGlandz. Of course consult your veterinarian to see if
this approach would be of benefit to your dog.
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