Licking or biting their rear end
A bad smell
Constipation or pain when pooping/sitting
Protruding mass around anal area
Dogs have two small pouches on either side of their anus. Anal sac disease begins as an uncomfortable impaction and can progress to an infection or abscess. The rectum in the anus is the last part of the gastrointestinal tract, any underlying disease that influences the gastrointestinal tract can also influence the anal glands. Diet comes into play.
GI issues start in the gut. Feeding an inappropriate diet of processed food causes poor gut health which translates into many issues within the digestive tract.
Anal Gland Impaction - If the gland is not emptying normally, the secretions may become thicker and the gland will distend. This can make the dog uncomfortable, and they will usually begin to scoot and lick. A veterinarian can empty these glands by gently expressing them with a gloved finger. Do not allow your dog groomer to do this! Some dogs need to have their anal glands emptied every month. Small breed dogs seem to have more issues than larger breeds.
Anal Gland Sacculitis - If the gland remains impacted, it may become inflamed, more painful, and invaded by bacteria, starting a true infection. Treatment includes expressing the gland, and the gland may need to be infused with medication. Oral antibiotics are sometimes needed.
Lets talk Diet and How a Raw Diet Can Help
A rotation of broad foods allows for broad nutrition and bone content in raw food is important. A raw food diet has a healing effect on an inflamed or even IBD gut to allow firm stools. Probiotics and fibre supplementation is required.
Pumpkin is a great natural source of fiber, full of vitamins and minerals, and usually dogs love its taste. Never use canned pumpkin. Please boil or steam pumpkin. Depending on what raw food you are feeding you can also add some bone broth to each meal.
Two recommendations of complete raw meals would be our very own Turkeylicious containing Duck, Turkey, Yoghurt, Pumpkin and Spice It Up, Kangaroo and Chicken.
You can find these meals on our website under Raw Dog at www.k9r.org