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Dog Anal Glands – How To Avoid Anal Gland Problems In Your Dog
Dog anal glands are two small glands located within and on either side of the anus. They are filled with a brown substance that has a very foul, musky smell. Based on dog behavior, it is thought that the purpose of the glands is primarily to mark territory. When dogs meet one another, they also raise their tails and excrete a small amount of this substance.
Most dogs empty these glands on their own whenever they have a bowel movement or during exercise. However, dog anal glands can be frequently impacted, and the problem usually occurs in smaller breeds. These glands become impacted for a variety of reasons, the main one being a high fiber diet. The glands do not express properly in the presence of a soft, fibrous stool. The dog’s natural stool consistency tends to be rather dry and hard if a raw or cooked meat diet is fed. These small, dry stools are more effective at expressing the anal glands than a softer, larger stool.
Scooting, licking and biting the anal area may indicate compaction or infection. Examination by a veterinarian is necessary and antibiotic treatment may be prescribed if infection is present.
Many pets may rub or lick their rectal area for reasons other than impacted anal glands. Allergies, tumors or parasites may be the cause of the discomfort, however the majority of cases point to anal gland issues. Manual expression by a vet or pet groomer is often helpful, but the best option is a healthy diet. If a change in diet and/or medication does not alleviate the situation, surgery may be the only reasonable alternative, however this should be a last resort.
When grains and fillers are eliminated from the dogs diet and replaced with a healthy meat based diet, anal gland impaction is a rarity.
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