Effectively prevents unpleasant odours and promotes anal gland health
Use PetAlive AnalGlandz:
To encourage natural emptying of the anal glands
As an aid to manual expression of impacted anal glands
To cleanse the anal area and prevent infection and abscesses
For pain relief and reduction of inflammation
As a disinfectant solution to prevent bacterial growth
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What are anal glands?
Anal glands, or anal sacs, are two small glands present in both dogs and cats situated just below and either side of the anal opening. On a clockface they would be at positions 4 and 8 o’clock. These glands produce a brown, waxy substance that is secreted through ducts just inside the rectum when pressure is put on the glands- most commonly by the passing of faeces (but also when your pet gets a big fright). This foul-smelling substance, is very unpleasant to humans but useful to animals in the wild, for marking their territory or warding off would-be predators.
What can go wrong with anal glands?
In modern-day domestic pets, anal glands can often cause health problems. Sometimes the anal gland secretions are not released naturally and build up - leading to thickening of the secretion, clogging of the duct and sometimes even infection and abscesses. You may have seen your pet with his tail up, dragging his behind across the floor. This is an attempt to relieve the pressure and discomfort of impacted anal glands and is called scooting (although this can also be due to an infestation of intestinal worms). Scooting can cause damage to the anus and indicates that your pet is having trouble with his or her anal glands and needs some type of intervention. Cats with impacted anal glands will often start over-grooming. Fur loss on the belly and on the backs of the legs may be a sign of anal gland problems.
When bacteria find their way into the glands, infection can occur and lead to an abscess. Your pet may whimper or cry when attempting to defecate - this should alert you to the possibility of infection. Anal gland abscesses are extremely painful for your pet and will require the attention of a vet and possibly antibiotics to clear the infection. For this reason, it is best to prevent complications as much as possible.
Prevention and treatment
Anal glands should be regularly checked and expressed when necessary in order to empty the build up of secretions from the gland. This can be done by your vet, groomer or even by you - getting the knack of this is not difficult especially once you have been shown the technique. To express your pet’s anal glands use your fingers or a thumb and forefinger to gently apply pressure on either side of the anal opening, at 8 and 4 o’clock - on the outside of the glands. Press inwards and upwards and you should see the fluid being expressed. Be warned that the excretion may squirt everywhere - and it’s foul smelling stuff!
A high-fibre diet, as well as regular use of PetAlive Natural Moves for pets (in animals suffering from constipation or irregular bowel movements), will also help to prevent impaction as healthy bowel movements will often express the glands naturally.
The Natural Way
Heightened awareness of your cat or dog’s physical condition is key when it comes to the problem of impacted anal glands. You should routinely inspect your pet’s anal area for any signs of swelling or sores. A diet high in fat can contribute to thick, viscous anal sac secretions, which can then harden, and block the anal glands. You should discuss a healthy balanced diet for your pet with your veterinarian – one that includes the right amount of fibre to keep stools moderately firm and regular.
What is PetAlive AnalGlandz?
PetAlive AnalGlandz contains a blend of natural, cleansing ingredients in an herbal tincture and will effectively cleanse the anal area, reduce pain and swelling and assist in softening of hardened waste material to be expressed from the glands.
How has PetAlive AnalGlandz helped others?
"Terry, my miniature poodle, has really benefited from regular compresses with your PetAlive AnalGlandz product. Instead of being at the vet every few weeks for a traumatic procedure, antibiotics and all the rest of it we have just used your compresses every now and again and then manually emptied the glands the way the vet showed us - it’s really so much easier and better for all involved. Thanks for a great site and really useful products!"
- Harriet G.
"Using your AnalGlandz remedy makes the terrible job of expressing my dog’s anal sacs a lot more successful and bearable. In fact, since using these herbal compresses we don’t need to go through the process as often anymore as the glands seem to stay open and empty most of the time, without the disgusting smell we had to put up with! A wonderful product- thank you!"
What are the Ingredients?
PetAlive AnalGlandz contains the following 100% natural, herbal ingredients:
Urtica urens is excellent for natural cleansing, pain relief and to promote healing. This herb is also useful for its astringent properties and will help to stop bleeding.
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) is a well-known and effective herbal cleanser found all over the world. This herb will also act as an antibacterial agent to prevent infection of the anal glands – flushing out the system.
Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) was regarded as one of the nine sacred herbs given to the world by ancient Anglo-Saxons. In modern times it is widely used as a gentle cleansing, anti-inflammatory and soothing herb.
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) will reduce inflammation of the anal glands and stop microbial growth, preventing infection and abscesses.
Silica (6C) is a homeopathic remedy excellent for encouraging natural emptying of the anal sacs. Silica will also help to keep the anal ducts open.
How do I use PetAlive AnalGlandz?
Directions: Add 5 - 10 drops to 1/4 cup of warm water (try to make this as warm as your pet will tolerate, without being uncomfortably hot). Using a clean cotton swab apply gentle pressure as a hot compress directly over the anal opening. Apply once daily in the case of compacted or blocked anal glands. Once the anal glands are functioning more normally, use PetAlive AnalGlandz once or twice a week.
Note: For external use only. Safety during pregnancy and nursing not established
Please consult your veterinarian should symptoms persist.
Soothing and cleansing effects will be immediate and your pet will experience considerable relief. Within several days of use, the thickened secretion inside the sacs will become softer and more liquid and the anal glands will be easier to express.
How long will a bottle last?
One 50 ml bottle of AnalGlandz will last for 15 - 60 days, depending on the size and needs of your pet.
See below for a 25% discount when you purchase AnalGlandz and Skin and Coat Tonic.
Cathy Samuel is our friendly PetAlive product consultant! Cathy has many years experience working with animals here and overseas. She now employs her love of animals, great and small, to the PetAlive family. She hopes to make pet owners aware of the benefits of natural remedies and support naturally healthy, naturally happy pets.
Wear disposable gloves when expressing your pet’s anal glands and preferably do this procedure outdoors. The scent of anal glands lingers for a long time and certainly won’t create any ambience in your home!
Dogs and cats will also scoot when they have worms - so if there’s no problem with your furry companion’s anal glands then it’s advisable to de-worm with Parasite Dr.
Feed a natural, unprocessed diet that will encourage regular emptying of the bowels
Plenty of exercise will also promote regular bowel movements
How do I order?
South African customers order below or phone 021 7970193 for assistance.
All orders are shipped throughout South Africa to your door (in major centres) within 1 - 2 working days if ordered before 12 noon Monday to Friday. Public holidays excluded. Orders to outlying areas need to go to your nearest Post Office or Postnet branch and will take 48 to 72 hours.
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure and is not a substitute for a professional consultation with a medical or health professional. Do not make any changes or additions to prescription medicine without first consulting your veterinarian. Should symptoms persist, please consult your veterinarian.