Anal gland problems affect millions of pets and are a very common and frustrating problem. Anal gland issues arise when the anal glands of dogs and cats becoming over-filled, blocked, or irritated. All dogs and cats have these two small glands sometimes referred to as anal sacs near the anal opening. These glands which are typically the size of a small grape normally release a few drops of scent marking fluid whenever your pet defecates observed near the end of defecation.
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You know your dog marks his or her — girls do it too! Each sac contains oil and sweat glands. They have small receptacles of foul-smelling liquid … a lot like skunks! Just like us, dogs need fiber in their diet. Fiber helps the anal glands work properly. So, a lot of dogs need their anal glands expressed manually. That means the vet or groomer squeezes them by hand to get the fluid out.
The anal glands are a pair of small sacs that sit just inside the anus. They contain a strong-smelling liquid used for marking territory. Healthy anal glands empty when a dog poos. Blocked anal glands are a relatively common problem and in most cases, are simple to treat.
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