When Does Your Dog Need an Anal Gland Clean?
October 5, 2011 -
Have you ever caught your dog dragging his rear-end along the carpet? This is often unfortunately a sign your four-legged friend is in need of an anal gland cleaning.
Your dog’s anal glands are sacs that secrete a strong pungent liquid each time he defecates. The unique odor serves as a way for dogs to mark their territory and distinguish between fellow canines.
At times, these glands can become impacted — in small dogs or those with soft stool — making it difficult or impossible for the sacs to be regularly expressed, Other than dragging, your pet may begin biting his rear end, exhibit swollen or sore glands or black/yellow excretion. When this happens the glands need to be emptied by you, a vet, or a groomer.
The sooner you can bring your dog in to your groomer, the better in order to prevent anal sac disease and recurring anal gland problems or, worse, possible surgical removal of the glands.
When you bring your pet into the groomer, they will lift your dog’s tail and place their thumb and forefinger around the gland and squeeze the sac until liquid secretes out. They will do this for each gland and then clean the area. If you want to attempt the process on your own, you may want to use something to block your nose from breathing in the strong odor accompanying the liquid.
Appropriate cleaning of the anal glands should eliminate symptoms and relieve your dog of any irritation. If anal gland problems persist, implementing a high-fiber diet to help produce more solid stool, which will aid in natural secretion during defecation.
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