Dogs Anal Glands and How to Keep Them Healthy

Dogs anal glands were a way for canines in the wild to mark their territory. For the domesticated dog it is an identifier. We greet each other with a handshake, dogs think it is perfect etiquette to smell each others behinds.

Expression of these sacs happens when your dog defects. Problems occur when they do not empty regularly on their own and impaction occurs. This can be painful for your pet. Some dogs will develop infections that need veterinarian treatment. Obstructed anal sacks must be vacated. If your dog is having problems your vet can perform this service or a less expensive option is to have it done when you take your furry friend in for his regular grooming or you can learn to do it yourself. I have done this and it is not a pleasant task for sure, but important information to know.

Below are some common questions about dogs anal glands...

  • Where are the anal glands located? They are found on each side of the anus. If you look closely you will see tiny ducts where the thick, smelly liquid seeps.

  • How can you tell if they are clogged? If your dog is dragging his behind along the floor, licking, biting or chewing his butt. Take a look at the sacs and if the normal kidney bean size is hard and has enlarged to grape size or is red and sore, those are all good indications.

  • How do you avoid anal gland impaction? Some dogs may need these glands expressed every couple weeks while others might not ever need help in this area. Diet is sometimes the problem, so a good quality dog food is important and making sure there is sufficient fiber to keep your pet regular.

  • How do you empty the anal glands? Use disposable rubber gloves. Hold your dog's tail straight up with one hand and with the other hand, cover the anal area with 2 or 3 tissues. Place a forefinger and thumb on either side of the anus, slightly lower than center - imagine a clock, place thumb in 8 o'clock position and forefinger in 4 o'clock position. Squeeze gently (impaction may have made this area very sensitive) until the fluid spurts out.

    If there is any sign of blood or pus, see your veterinarian. Infected anal sacs can cause systemic infection.

    If this is an on-going problem with your buddy, the glands can be surgically removed. This is considered routine surgery but please talk to your veterinarian about any potential complications after the surgery.

    Alternatively, a better option for your dogs anal glands - if you do not want to deal with all this try "AnalGlandz" which can be used to cleanse, reduce swelling and soften the stool, making it easier for your pet to express the sacs. This product is a 100% natural herbal tincture with no side effects and has great customer reviews.

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