Anal glands are two small sacs located on either side of a dog's anus. They produce a strong-smelling fluid that dogs use to mark their territory.
Anal glands help dogs to communicate with each other and to mark their territory. They also help to keep the anal area clean and lubricated.
Most dogs are able to express their anal glands naturally when they defecate. However, some dogs may need their anal glands expressed manually, especially if they have small stool or if they are prone to anal gland impaction.
Signs of impacted or infected anal glands include:Scooting or dragging their bottom on the ground Licking or biting at their rear end,Difficulty defecating.
If you are not comfortable expressing your dog's anal glands yourself, you can take them to your veterinarian or groomer to have it done professionally.
If you are unable to express your dog's anal glands yourself, or if your dog's anal glands are impacted or infected, see your veterinarian immediately.
Dog anal glands are an important part of a dog's anatomy. By keeping your dog's anal glands healthy, you can help to prevent a number of health problems.