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. These glands which are typically the size of a small grape normally release a few drops of scent marking fluid whenever your pet defecates observed near the end of defecation. The illustration in figure 1 shows the relative size and position of the anal glands in dogs often referred to as anal sacs. Note that the anal glands are internal and cannot be seen when viewing the rear end of a dog.
Can you please tell me more? Do you have any advice to offer? The purpose of the glands is to produce a fluid with a strong odor very pungent and fishy smell unique to each dog. Most dogs can also involuntarily express their anal sacks when they are fearful or become stressed. Many dogs will go through their lifetime without any issues with their anal glands.
Dog's have anal glands. While the exact purpose for these glands is unknown, it is thought that wild dogs used them for territory marking and protection, similar to skunks. When these scent-producing anal glands become infected, you'll need to take quick action to avoid serious consequences. Anal gland infection is a condition that causes painful swelling and foul-smelling discharge from sacs near a dog's rear end.
Nobody wants to think too much about their dogs anal glands. Unfortunately, blocked anal glands are a common problem for our canine friends. If your dog is scooting its bum across the floor then we have a solution for you. A raw dog food diet is extremely important. We include two sources of natural fibre which help your dogs anal glands, Plant select veg and berries Animal ground-up bone and cartilage.