What Medications Are Given to Dogs With Anal Infections?

Updated April 17, 2017

Canine anal infections are caused when a dog's anal glands are unable to drain properly. Symptoms of an anal infection in a dog include odour, crying out during defecation, the dog dragging its behind across the floor to relieve itching and other methods of itching its rear. Anal infections are fairly common to all breeds of dogs, and if treated with antibiotics and draining by a licensed veterinarian, do not pose a serious threat to a dog. Most canine infections are treated with an antibacterial prescription used to treat general infections beside just anal infections.


Animax is an antimicrobial, antifungal and corticosteroid prescription medication used to combat infections that cause inflammation or discomfort in pets, including anal infections. Animax comes in cream or ointment form.

Fibre Supplements

Fibre supplements can help canine anal glands easily and naturally. Fibre supplements are available over the counter in any pharmacy or supermarket, but the specific dosage of a fibre supplement in a dog's food should be decided by a veterinarian.


Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic able to treat a wide variety of infections in both humans and dogs. As well as treating anal infections, Amoxicillin can treat canine bladder and upper respiratory problems. The medication requires a prescription from a licensed veterinarian.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies contain herbal ingredients, such as stinging nettle, dandelion and chamomile, to empty canine anal glands gently while calming the irritating infection. Natural remedies, unlike most prescriptions, come in liquid form and require mixing with water. The mixture is then applied to the canine rectum with cotton swabs. Natural remedies do not require a veterinarian's prescription.

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