The staff at North Town Veterinary Hospital are not only here to help you and your pet through the good times and bad times, but also the stinky times! Anal glands are sac-like glands that are approximately located at 4 and 8 o’clock around the anus. The anal glands are a secretion used for marking the pet’s territory, but also to lubricate their bowel movements. The anal glands typically empty on their own when your pet defecates, or sometimes your pet will release a very foul smelling liquid from them if they become scared. Sometimes, pets do not empty their anal glands naturally and need assistance through an anal gland expression.
Should I drain my dog’s anal glands at home?
We would not recommend you do your pet’s anal glands at home, they can be very painful or even impacted. We would not want you to cause harm to your pet, or for your pet to bite you.
If my dog scoots on the carpet a lot, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?
Just because your pet is scooting, does not always indicate that there is an anal gland problem. There could be something else going on causing them to scoot as well, please give us a call to book an appointment!