Anal Gland Problems
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These glands should empty naturally with defecation but sometime become impacted and abscessed, resulting in them becoming irritable.
Dogs are more prone to this problem than cats, often dragging their behind along the ground known as tobogganing or scooting to relieve the symptoms.
It is considered that diet is the main cause of the anal glands not emptying naturally and problems occurring.
Quite often this problem can be seen along with ear or skin problems indicating a need for changes in the diet to remove toxic wastes.
Conventional veterinary treatment involves emptying the anal glands and many groomers now do this as routine procedure.
This approach is considered by holistic vets to be only a temporary solution.
Some suggest that it is natural for the anal glands to be full of fluid but should empty and refill naturally. Regular emptying can result in increased susceptibility to impactions and inflammation.
Chinese medicine interprets anal gland problems as a sign of excessive dampness and this would suggest why ear and skin problems are often associated with anal gland problems.
Foods likely to cause this ‘dampness’ are highly processed and refined carbohydrate foods.
Reducing toxicity of the diet is very important.
In other words, as with all health problems, diets should be low in protein, fat, salt and sugar, and contain no chemicals.
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