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. If you live in Castle Rock or the Denver area, call our veterinarians at or:. Specializing in the care of cats and dogs, our goal is to help you and your pet feel more comfortable, keeping your stress to a minimum.
Putting the ‘Anal Sac’ in ‘Banal Sacrifices’
How to Tell If Your Dog Needs His Anal Glands ExpressedCherished Companions Animal Clinic
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. Remember, though: before attempting this for the first time, do consult a veterinarian, as improper or unnecessary expression can lead to health problems.
How to Empty Your Dog’s Anal Sacs
Most of us in the veterinary field face a horrible dilemma. The majority of our days are filled with details and particulars that are deemed rather unfit for discussion at the dinner table, any social gathering, and anywhere outside the professional confines of the clinic. Please feel free to put away your chocolate custard, beef stew, and bean soup, for one moment, while we explore dog and cat anal sac disease. Cats and dogs have anal sacs located near the periphery of the anus. These sacs excrete a liquid, often when animals defecate, that mixes into their stool and gives forth a particular and specific smell akin to a garbage bag filled with a rotting animal that has been soaked in plague juice.
The anal glands or anal sacs are small glands near the anus in many mammals , including dogs  and cats. They are paired sacs on either side of the anus between the external and internal sphincter muscles. Sebaceous glands within the lining secrete a liquid that is used for identification of members within a species. These sacs are found in many carnivorans , including wolves ,  bears ,   sea otters  and kinkajous.