Checking your dogs anal glands during the regular grooming routine is important to ensuring they maintain optimal health. It is probably among the least pleasant tasks for dog owners, but for years many people that had pets did not know that canine anal sacs existed.
How Automobiles Anal Gland is Emptied
Dogs will empty these sacs while defecating. As the stool passes from the anus, the pressure will generally empty the anal glands; however, because of the domestication of dogs, some of our canine friends have trouble clearing their glands. Impacted anal glands are most common in small dogs and is indicated by your dog scooting on the ground or biting and licking at his rear and you will most likely notice an odor.
Why Expressing Dogs Anal Glands is Important
When draining of the glands does not occur, they can become impacted and it is extremely uncomfortable and painful to your dog. They have to be expressed or infection and abscess can follow if the impact isn’t relieved. The normal size of the sacs is that of a kidney bean but when they’re full the glands will enlarge and feel hard. Typically, the impacted glands will be quite sensitive and your dog may respond as if in pain when you touch near that area.
Where to Finds the Dogs Anal Glands
Anal sacs can be seen on each side of the lower half and only inside your pet’s anus. They’re lined with cells that regularly secrete a very pungent discharge. If you look carefully, you can probably find the very small ducts through which a foul smelling liquid seeps. There is no noticeable smell to humans when your furry friend is washed regularly and your dogs anal glands are in good shape. Other canines on the other hand don’t have any problem detecting the odor.
Expelling the Sacs
To avoid the expense of having the sacs expelled, you can do this yourself; however, some dog owners feel it’s well worth having a veterinarian perform this service, at least on the first event.
To express the glands, wear a disposable latex glove. Holding a tissue, place your thumb and forefinger on either side of the anus and then squeeze gingerly. Anal sack material should exude from the ducts without much pressure and you will likely feel the glands become smaller as you gently squeeze. If you’re unsure about doing this or notice anything unusual, consult your vet. It is best to have someone hold your pet still while you do this.
A Change of Diet
Malabar Raccoon Removal may suggest a diet high in fiber if you find your dog is having a constant problem with blocked anal glands. The additional fiber can help to express the anal sacs as soon as your pet eliminates.
If Illness Occurs
If the anal glands become infected the sacs will expand and bursts through the skin by the anus. This will produce a painful draining abscess and will require appropriate veterinarian treatment and probably manually expressing of the glands until the abscess has gone.
Re-occurring Impacted Glands This can often lead to a more enjoyable relationship for you and your very best friend.
This is considered routine surgery but there are potential problems due to the numerous nerves in that region and fecal incontinence may develop if too much damage occurs. Additionally, if your dogs anal glands was not completely removed, they have the capability to continue secreting fluid. When this accumulates, the outcome could be an abscess and possibly a persistent draining tract from the sac to the skin. If this occurs the veterinarian will have to return and remove the sac tissue to have a successful outcome.