Anal Glands

If you’ve seen your dog scooting across the room on his bottom, it could be a sign of anal sac disease.

 

Dogs have two small pouches on either side of their anus. They make a smelly, oily, brown fluid that dogs use to identify each other and mark their territory. It’s why they often sniff each other’s behinds.    

 

Anal sac disease begins as an uncomfortable impaction and can progress to an infection or abscess.

 

Normally, when a dog poops, the fluid in his anal sacs is squeezed out, too. It’s when they aren’t completely emptied that problems develop. The fluid inside can become so dry and thick that it plugs up the openings. This is called impaction.

Thankfully, impacted sacs are easy to treat. The glands can be gently emptied, or expressed. You may have to get this done on a regular basis.

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