Anal Gland Impaction or ??
by Cindy P
(Bay Area, CA)
First, I want to thank you for this service. Just a few questions might help our family get clarity on the situation. I'm a holistic health practitioner (in practice for 8 years) and working on master herbology through Dr. Christopher's School, though only at the level of Family Herbalist as of today.
My 13 year old black lab terrier, Comet, has had on-again, off-again anal gland issues the last couple of months. Butt scooting, a little bit of mucus coming from the glands themselves.
I changed his food nearly 2 months ago to Orijin biologic specific food, with a bone about every other weak with great success. I soak his food in a Heal-All tea (White oak bark, plaintain, black walnut hulls, chaparral, burdock, marshmallow and comfrey root and leaf), pumpkin puree, soaked chia seed, turmeric, unsweetened coconut flakes and the results have been amazing! The lymphatic lumps on his back disappeared, his arthritis became nearly non existent and that over riding irritation and quick to temper left him. We found great remedy!
But then I went out of town, thought he was well enough that the family didn't need to do all the prep I do for him, and he was fed the Costco Grain Free food (the old food) and within 48 hours, he grew about a 5 cm lump in his rectum up through his tail but more on the left side than the right. His anus is very swollen.
When I got home yesterday I immediately put him on pumpkin puree and some coconut oil thinking if it's a hardened lump, I could soften it. I also used some stomach and bowel formula to draw the lymph from the tissue with a little cascara to soften. He seemed to initially do much better.
I also used hot and cold compresses with the Heal All tea solution or a bit of salt. I was able to do a tiny bit of enema. He was very active, though he was swollen for sure
up until about midnight last night.
He then curled next to me and I could feel a fever on his ears and a lot of heat from from his hind quarters. He was drinking a LOT of water, so that made sense. I did some reiki healing and threw away the "pain" and replaced it with some blue and within about 2 hours, the fever broke.
But this morning, he's having a hard time walking, he's lethargic, and other than drinking water, he's not really interested.
I took him for a walk and he released plenty of urine and tried to squeeze and some soft stool released. (He did have several movements last night on our walk...)
Here's our primary issues: 1. Comet is old, has been grumpy for years and is NOT a vet friendly dog. I can't say I blame him, he's had some pretty knarly injuries (kicked by a cow, torn pelt from barbed wire fence, jumped out of the car with his leash attached)...he's my hiking, running, energy dog! I do not want him to suffer but at the same time, the vet experience is so traumatic, the only way we are going back is for his final trip. Our family is in agreement with this. 2. Finances being what they are, getting to the vet will probably mean invasive surgery to remove the impacted gland, and then the host of other problems of having to dart him, etc., is not something we are prepared to do emotionally and financially. Comet has had a GREAT life, make no mistake - but we are not into rebuilding animals...when it's time it's time...
This morning, I tried to put some Nu-Natural on the rectum area hoping it will help with swelling. He's in his crate resting, but isn't interested in much else.
My question is: based on above, what measures can we do at home to either alleviate his pain and suffering, or use herbal remedies to repair.
Thank you for your time,
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