Oh, the smell! Get a brief overview of anal gland problems in dogs from Dogster. Dogs have two anal glands or sacs, one on each side of the anus, between the internal and external anal sphincter muscles. Also called scent glands, these organs produce a brown or yellow liquid that is usually thin but which can thicken to a paste-like consistency.
Anal gland problems affect millions of pets and are a very common and frustrating problem. Anal gland issues arise when the anal glands of dogs and cats becoming over-filled, blocked, or irritated. All dogs and cats have these two small glands sometimes referred to as anal sacs near the anal opening that typically release a few drops of scent marking fluid whenever your pet defecates. If the anal glands fill up excessively it creates pressure which can be very uncomfortable for your dog or cat. In order for your dog's anal glands to empty properly they need to be healthy and they need large firm stools to create pressure during defecation to allow them to empty naturally.
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:.
Customer Service for Subscribers. If dog anal glands get excessively full or impacted, they can become infected or even rupture. Let's look at some common dog anal gland issues, how to treat them — and what to do to stop them before they start.