Anal Problems in Dogs

May 27, 2011  Anal Problems in Dogs can cause bowel obstructions and need to be attended to frequently to ensure your dog’s health.   Usually the anal sacs on both male and female dogs need attention and also cats can have clogged anal sacs that are clogged.

If left unattended this will cause problems with the dog or cat relieving itself and a build up of toxins in their bloodstream through an inefficient elimination system.

How Anal Sacs Work

The anal sacs fill and empty usually every day however when stools are running they get clogged up and cause pain at times.  These sacs must be squeezed out or as it is called expressed to keep bowel refuse moving efficiently. If your dog is itching in that area it is most likely causing soreness from the blockage. Smaller dogs have more problems with anal sacs than do larger breed dogs but all dogs have the same anatomy therefore dog owners should be aware of this very necessary but often messy procedure.

How to Treat Anal Sac Build Up

Usually you can have your vet do this but most dog owners perform this procedure at home and it is much cheaper, plus your dog will appreciate the care you give to do this for them.

Signs of Anal Sac Problems

Usually your dog will try to scoot that is drag its butt along the ground to relieve the blockage and itching.  Or, the dog will lick its butt more often to relieve the soreness or the anal area will be actually swollen with some leakage.

Some Quick Solutions

Put a warm cloth on your dog’s anal area for at least 5 minutes as the warmth will relieve the soreness and do this 3 times a day.

You can also make a warm bath for your dog to sit in outside which will be more comfortable for at least 10 minutes twice a day.

Diet for Anal Health

If your dog has runny stools you need to add more fiber to their diet and the usual method is to add a teaspoon (per 30 pounds of dog weight) to their dish.  A half teaspoon for smaller dogs and a quarter teaspoon for even smaller dogs at feeding times.  Use ground flax seeds or flax seed oil will help relieve the itching and provides the fatty acids your dog needs for good healthy bowels.

How Often Do you Need to Express Dog Anal Sacs

Depending on your dog’s diet and breed usually most dogs do not have the symptoms of blocked anal sacs and some dogs do not need this done in their lifetime.  Keep an eye on your dog’s bowel movements and the symptoms such as itching, licking, scooting and look for visible signs of redness or swelling around the anus area.

At times there is an odor to your dog and this is also a sign that you may need to express their anal sacs. This goes for cats also.  Some dogs will need their anal sacs expressed every two weeks, some every three weeks or so depending on symptoms.  If you increase the fiber content of their diet it may often cure any blockages of the anal sacs.

How to Express Your Dog’s Anal Sacs

It may be messy but it has to be done and in this video the instructions are fairly simple to do this at home and save money.

Video of How to Express Your Dog’s Anal Sacs
In this Video Dr. Andrew Jones DVM shows you how to perform Anal Expression in a Dog

Supplements for Healthy Anal Glands

High Fiber Organic Dog Food for Optimum Health


Natural Balance Organic Formula Dry Dog Food 25 lbs

From: Only Natural Pet Store