The anal glands are two small sacs that sit just inside your dog’s anus. They excrete a fluid when your dog defecates to mark their territory.
Sometimes they become impacted (blocked) and this may lead to infection. Impacted, Infected anal glands will develop into abscesses if left untreated and could rupture. Anal glands require careful emptying and can be done by a veterinary nurse or your vet if you are not confident. Incorrect emptying of the anal glands may lead to inflammation which could result in scar tissue formation, further narrowing the already narrowed anal gland duct. If your dog suffers from blocked anal glands regularly, your vet may suggest a diet change and regular emptying.
The most common sign of an anal gland problem is your dog 'scooting' across the floor but other signs are:
- Straining or having difficulty or pain when defecating
- A swelling or lump next to their rectum
- Blood or pus on their stools
- Blood or pus on the floor or where they have been laying