We will help you to recognise the signs and symptoms of anal sac disease in dogs. Your dog has two anal sacs in his bottom, about the size of a pea. These glands produce a dark, smelly, oily liquid when they poo — the liquid is expressed onto the poo to help him mark his territory. So, what are the most common anal sac problems, and how do you spot the signs of anal sac disease in your dog?
Expressing Anal Glands: The Good, the Bad, and the Disgusting
Anal gland abscesses in dogs - PDSA
Your dog's anal glands are two grape-shaped glands located just below the anus to either side. The pheromones they secrete give canines vital information about one another, including health, age, and sex. This explains why dogs sniff each other's rears when they meet and insist on taking a whiff of every poop they pass on their morning walk. Sometimes the fluid in anal glands can build up, causing your dog to lick or bite his anus and "scoot" his bottom around on the floor after or before defecation. This can happen to any breed, though small dogs are particularly prone to anal sac disorders. While the veterinarian will do this for you, it's also possible to save yourself a trip to the vet's office and do it yourself.
Anal gland abscesses in dogs
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It is believed that this smelly substance helps a dog mark their territory. If an anal gland becomes blocked, an infection or abscess may develop. This can be extremely painful and needs treatment by a vet. They should empty themselves when your dog goes to the toilet.