All dogs have anal glands. Most dog owners know about anal glands from the stinky odor they give off. But while these glands may be gross, they still sometimes need some extra love and care. The anal glands, also called anal sacs, are scent glands that aid in communication with other dogs. Every time he defecates, the pressure of the stool and contracting muscles expels a small amount of the smelly material inside the glands.
We endeavour to deliver the best information possible on natural health and diets for dogs and cats. Our articles involve contributions from senior veterinarians and are researched thoroughly. They remain the opinion of Vets All Natural however and we always recommend seeking professional advice specific to your pet from a veterinarian. Anal glands are two small scent glands, located under the skin on either side of the rectum. They are present in both dogs and cats.
When a dog's anal sacs are swollen and inflamed they are treated by draining. Draining is done manually or surgically with a scalpel and under anesthetic. When done manually, the procedure is called anal sac expression. Dog anal sacs are emptied manually either by external or internal expression. Disposable gloves are worn and tissues are prepared to collect the expressed material.