You know all that doggy butt-sniffing that we humans seem to find either appalling or hilarious? You may not think of that dog in your bed as a predator, but at heart, he is. And like all predators, your dog has anal sacs anal glands located on both sides and slightly below his anus.
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.
Anal gland issues are almost entirely a dry-fed dog phenomenon. Their function is to release pheromones on to the stool, to enable communication between dogs. As faeces passes over the anal glands they are expressed, this causes the pheromones to be released.
There are a few theories as to why dogs have anal sacs and what purpose they serve. Some say the excretion from the anal gland act as a territorial scent marker. Others argue the excretion acts as a lubricant that helps a dog pass a hard stool. Like it or not, your dog is a predator.
It is believed that this smelly substance helps a dog mark their territory. If an anal gland becomes blocked, an infection or abscess may develop. This can be extremely painful and needs treatment by a vet.
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Anal sac disease is the most common disease entity of the anal region in dogs. Small breeds are predisposed; large or giant breeds are rarely affected. In cats, the most common form of anal sac disease is impaction.
The anal glands or anal sacs are small glands near the anus in many mammalsincluding 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.
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.
They're not the stuff of dinner party conversations, but knowing how to spot a problem could save your dog a lot of misery. Picture the scene. You've just washed your dog from top to tail using the finest shampoo and conditioner money can buy, but even after drying him, the same horrible fishy odour you noticed pre-groom is still lingering in your poor nostrils.