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Anal sacs or anal glands are located just inside the anus at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. Small ducts pass from the sacs to the rectum and empty just inside the anal opening. The glands inside of the sac produce an aromatic liquid that is typically expressed during defecation.
When a dog defecates, the muscles contract and allow the anal sacs to release a foul-smelling, dark-colored substance and empty out the anal sacs. However, dogs that suffer from anal gland impaction, infection, or abscess cannot secrete this substance and often require veterinary aid. If these problems cannot be managed medically, the veterinary surgeon will need to remove the anal sacs.
Anal glands are given a natural squeeze every time a dog defaecates. If your dog is scooting bum rubbing or licking at the anal region please see a vet; there are many reasons a dog will rub his bottom. A gloved finger is inserted in the anus and the anal gland is squeezed between the finger on the inside and a thumb on the outside of the anus. If done by an experienced practitioner this should cause minimal discomfort.
The material secreted into these glands is thick and foul smelling. Most wild animals can empty these glands voluntarily for scent marking or in self-defense like a skunk. Domestic animals have largely lost their ability to empty these sacs voluntarily.
Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food. There is a general misperception that a dog's anal glands should be manually emptied on a regular basis.
Started by LDHJune 8, My BC girl has had two chronic infections in her anal glands within the space of 2 weeks. Still considering options but one option recommended is to remove the entire glands.
Powered by mwForum 2. Not logged in Champdogs Information Exchange. By Yabbadoo Date I am looking at moving my pet insurance for cost reasons but this is the only pre-existing condition that 'could' become a problem in the future and I want to weigh up whether its worth moving it or not.
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