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Anal Gland Problems In Dogs

Anal glands or anal sacs are small glands that can be found on both sides of a dog’s anus, just below the surface of the skin. The glands produce waxy fluid which is excreted when stool passes through and exerts pressure on the glands during defecation. This also produces the scent that they leave when they mark their territories. 

These glands can become impacted if your glands fail to empty properly. This can cause the glands to swell which can be quite uncomfortable and painful for affected pets. This can also become a perfect place for serious infections to develop. There are severe cases in which the glands rupture due to excessive accumulation of contents which can only worsen the problem because of the presence of an open wound. 

Some breeds like chihuahuas and poodles have a higher risk of experiencing frequent anal gland issues. Obesity can also increase the risk of anal gland impaction. You may notice your dog dragging his butts on the ground when his anal glands are impacted and inflamed. 

Frequent anal sac issues should require a visit to your animal hospital Fayetteville, NC.

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