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.
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If not promptly treated, the fluid in the anal glands can become thick, infected and painful for your pet. A buildup of fluid in the anal sacs can create pain, inflammation and itchiness; your dog is scooting in an effort to relieve the discomfort and drain the glands. Some dogs displace their rear end discomfort by shaking and scratching at their ears. Anal glands that are extremely full may be visibly swollen and warm to the touch, especially if they have become infected. If fluid buildup has been progressing for some time and leads to an abscess, you may see a rupture that looks like bleeding or anal drainage. This condition needs veterinary attention.
How to Clean a Female Dog's Glands
All dogs have glands located just inside their anus. Referred to as anal or rectal glands, they are designed to add a liquid to your dog's poop. This liquid does the same thing as the urine, which is to mark her territory.