Dog Anal Glands Overview

" Anal Sac Problems need to be periodically checked to make sure that the glands are draining naturally. If they fill up with fluid that cannot escape through the gland ducts infection and discomfort will set in. Treatment involves either expressing the glands with your fingers or visiting a dog health professional for help. "

Dog anal glands need to be continually check to see if fluid is properly draining. The glands can be located on either side of the anus, the place where feces exits the body, at the 5 o'clock and 8 o'clock position.

The glands are pea sized and contain about a teaspoon of fluid. It is thought that the glands were originally used to help a dog mark territory. When the anal gland dog is working properly, pressure from passing a firm stool cause the glands to drain at the same time. Liquid can also move from the anal sacs when your dog is frightened.

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