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.
How to Tell If Your Dog Needs His Anal Glands Expressed
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Anal glands, also known as anal sacs or scent glands when found in dogs, are little glands located close to the anus. Many mammals such as cats and dogs have anal glands. Dogs employ their anal glands in marking territory, as well as recognizing other dogs by smell. Anal glands are often problematic, especially in small dogs. In an ideal situation, anal glands are expressed naturally whenever the dog has a bowel movement. The movement of the feces causes the anal glands to be automatically expressed. Larger dogs with loose stools or low fiber diets can also face problems with expressing their anal glands.
Expressing Anal Glands: The Good, the Bad, and the Disgusting
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. The anal glands are in the wall of the anal canal.
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!