Our dogs are adorable in so many ways. But not everything about them is cute. If your dog has chronic problems with their anal glands, you know what I mean. As you can see from the photo, a tiny duct leads from the gland under the skin, to an opening right next to the anus. When they poop, this fluid is excreted with the poop through those little ducts near the anus, leaving a distinct scent.
To help the anal glands to function properly, dogs need to consume the right amounts of fiber. Sadly, due to a lack of good fiber in the average canine diet, many dogs have to have their anal glands expressed manually … meaning the vet or groomer squeezes them by hand to get the fluid out. You know your dog marks his or her — girls do it too! Dogs have two small glands on either side of the anus. These glands fill up with a fluid that has a scent exclusive to each dog. When your dog secretes this fluid during defecation, he spreads his unique signature through his poop. This can lead to chronic infection and, in some extreme cases, conventional vets will surgically remove the glands.
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. Most vets learn about anal glands in vet school, but I had the pleasure of learning about that particular part of canine anatomy much earlier in life from our family dog - a dachshund Gerda.
Our Castle Rock veterinarians have put this article together to help you tell if your dog needs his anal glands expressed. Some pet parents bring their dogs in every month or more often , if their dogs have been having recurring issues. Help your pup feel better.