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Anal gland problems in dogs - natural treatment and prevention
Anal Glands: What They Are, Why They Stink, and How to Deal with It
I f your dog's anal glands are all clogged up and in dire need of emptying, he'll probably make it pretty obvious to you via his uncomfortable body language. Although the problem seems kind of embarrassing and weird, it's actually pretty standard in canines. Anal glands are frequently called "anal sacs," too. Even if you never think about it, all dogs are equipped with a set of anal sacs.
Anal glands: What they are, why they stink, and how to deal with it
A dog has two scent glands located on each side of his rectum. These glands, also called anal sacs, contain an unpleasant-smelling liquid used to mark territory. When a dog produces a bowel movement, the pressure against the sacs in the rectum should release the fluid naturally. Sometimes the glands don't empty properly and become filled with anal gland discharge, leading to itching and irritation.
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. In fact, expressing the glands too often may lead to decreased tone, delayed emptying and anal gland disease.