Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, former veterinary assistant, and the author of "Brain Training for Dogs. What are dog anal glands? Not all dog owners are aware of the fact that dogs are equipped with anal glands. These are small glands found around the dog's anus on both sides.
All dogs have a small gland located on each side of their rectal opening. Under ordinary circumstances these little sacs never give any problems. Actually, your dog uses them all the time. Every time he potties or meets another dog and raises his tail in greeting the pressure releases a little of his own personal scent from the glands. And why dogs seem obsessed with smelling where another dog has used the bathroom. These little anal gland excretions are full of important information about the other dog.
Do any of your BC have anal gland issues? Moms dog Tinker gets a smell about her and I know it's the glands. She doesn't leave any residue where she's been, but how are we able to smell it? We have changed her food. Still a chicken formula, so maybe we need to try a different protein.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Originally Posted by brookdaleresident. My dog was scooting, but it wasn't her glands they were checked out and are ok.