Everything You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Anal Glands
Anal sacs: a new approach to an old problem? | Veterinary Practice
Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food. There is a general misperception that a dog's anal glands should be manually emptied on a regular basis. In fact, expressing the glands too often may lead to decreased tone, delayed emptying and anal gland disease. Most vets learn about anal glands in vet school, but I had the pleasure of learning about that particular part of canine anatomy much earlier in life from our family dog - a dachshund Gerda.
Anal glands are two small glands often referred to as anal sacs located inside the anal opening of all dogs and cats. These glands normally release a small amount of a foul-smelling scent marking fluid every time your pet defecates. Many pets develop anal gland problems at some point in their lifetime requiring veterinary attention.
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