Anal gland problems affect millions of pets and are a very common and frustrating problem. Anal gland issues arise when the anal glands of dogs and cats becoming over-filled, blocked, or irritated. All dogs and cats have these two small glands sometimes referred to as anal sacs near the anal opening that typically release a few drops of scent marking fluid whenever your pet defecates. If the anal glands fill up excessively it creates pressure which can be very uncomfortable for your dog or cat. In order for your dog's anal glands to empty properly they need to be healthy and they need large firm stools to create pressure during defecation to allow them to empty naturally.
You know all that doggy butt-sniffing that we humans seem to find either appalling or hilarious? You may not think of that dog in your bed as a predator, but at heart, he is. And like all predators, your dog has anal sacs anal glands located on both sides and slightly below his anus. They produce fluid with a distinctive odor that identifies him and tells other dogs his sex, approximate age, health status, and other things.
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Customer Service for Subscribers. If dog anal glands get excessively full or impacted, they can become infected or even rupture. Let's look at some common dog anal gland issues, how to treat them — and what to do to stop them before they start. The function of these glands is to impart a unique scent to feces and when marking territory by rubbing against trees, rocks or carpet kidding!