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Blocked or Inflamed Anal Glands in Dogs
Blocked or Inflamed Anal Glands in Dogs
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Anal glands are a pair of small sacs located inside your dog's bottom. These glands secrete a strong-smelling liquid that dogs use for marking territory, which is why dogs often sniff each other’s rear ends when they meet. Normally, healthy anal glands empty naturally when a dog defecates. However, sometimes they can become overfilled, leading to blockages that cause irritation and pain for your dog.

Common causes of blocked anal glands

Blocked anal glands are most commonly found in:

  • Overweight dogs: excess weight can put additional pressure on the glands, making it harder for them to empty naturally.

  • Dogs with narrow anal glands: some dogs are born with narrower glands, which makes natural emptying more difficult.

  • Dogs with diarrhea: frequent loose stools can prevent the glands from emptying properly.

  • Smaller breeds: breeds such as Basset Hounds, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Miniature Poodles, Toy Poodles, and Lhasa Apsos are more prone to anal gland issues.

Possible causes of inflamed anal glands

Several factors can contribute to inflamed anal glands, including:

  • Poor quality food: ingredients that are unsuitable or contain chemical additives can lead to gland issues.

  • Overfeeding: even high-quality food can cause problems if overfed.

  • Excessive protein and fat intake: high levels of protein and fat produce more waste than carbohydrates, potentially leading to gland issues.

  • Food allergies or intolerances: these can cause inflammation, cell damage, and the production of toxins.

What to do if your dog's anal glands are inflamed

If you notice your dog's anal glands are inflamed, it's essential to visit the vet. While dietary changes can help maintain gland health, they won't resolve an existing inflammation.

Preventive measures

One preventive measure you can take is to provide a fiber-rich diet. Fiber helps ensure regular bowel movements, which can help keep the anal glands healthy. However, it's important to understand that a fiber-rich diet addresses the symptoms rather than the root cause of the problem.

Our solution

Our recipes are carefully formulated with high-quality, fresh ingredients that provide all the nutrients your dog needs for a long, healthy life. If your dog has good stool but is still sensitive to anal gland problems, consider a diet slightly higher in fiber. Our adult chicken kibble and plant-based kibble are excellent choices, as they contain higher fiber content to support anal gland health.

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