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Dog Anal Gland Expression

For some dogs and cats, anal sac infections or impactions can be a common occurrence. All dog and cats have anal sacs which are two small structures located on either side of the anus just inside the rectum. These sacs naturally empty during your pet’s regular bowel movement and are used for scent marking. Sometimes, dogs and cats will involuntarily empty their anal glands when stressed or scared and yield a very unpleasant odour. If infected and left untreated, anal gland impactions or infections can lead to an anal sac abscess which can be very painful for your pet. Anal sac inflammation is commonly associated with food allergies.

Should I drain my dog’s anal glands at home?


As anal glands are very delicate structures, we recommend having them professionally emptied by a registered veterinary technologist or a veterinarian.

If my dog scoots on the carpet, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?


Scooting can be a very good indication that your dog’s anal sacs could be full of material or impacted. However, there could be other underlying reasons that cause your dog to scoot. If your dog is continuously scooting, they should be seen by a veterinarian to determine if intervention is required.

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