They seem to serve no purpose to the health of a dog other than marking and identification. They tag his body and his feces as belonging to him. Dogs drag their rears along the ground because of itching or pain around the anal area. This behavior can sometimes be a normal method of removing debris or a passing itch, but any dog that scoots more than occasionally may have a problem.
Most people never think about their dog's anal glands until there's a problem with them. These glands are designed to provide lubrication when a dog passes a stool, and they also give each dog its own unique scent. Find out how these glands work, how to spot when there's a problem, and how to take care of it. Every dog has two small glands located on either side of its rectal opening. Each gland holds a small amount of a brown, noxious-smelling liquid substance.
Call us: Maltipoo Question. I am wondering why my 5 month old female Maltipoo is almost constantly licking her butt. Sometimes, she acts funny when she is sitting, as if it is uncomfortable but the biggest problem is the licking.
To help the anal glands to function properly, dogs need to consume the right amounts of fiber. Sadly, due to a lack of good fiber in the average canine diet, many dogs have to have their anal glands expressed manually … meaning the vet or groomer squeezes them by hand to get the fluid out. You know your dog marks his or her — girls do it too!