These smelly sacs are the cause behind many a vet visit and certainly not something many pet owners want to mess with. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs have trouble expressing these glands themselves, which can lead to a lot of trouble and pain. Have you ever noticed your dog scooting his butt across the ground? The liquid inside the anal gland builds up over time and is typically secreted when your dog poops. Sometimes, if your dog is not producing solid stools, the liquid can become thicker and impacted.
Anal gland impaction in dogs: treatment & prevention
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. Sound familiar? Anal glands or anal sacs are relatively small glands found on either side of your dog's anal opening.
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This smelly liquid helps your dog mark its territory. Sometimes anal glands become blocked which causes irritation and pain. The most common sign of blocked anal glands is scooting your dog rubbing their bottom on the ground.