Assessing your dogs anal glands during the regular grooming routine is important to making sure they maintain optimal health. It’s probably among the least pleasant tasks for dog owners, although for years many people that had pets didn’t know that canine anal sacs existed.
How Automobiles Anal Gland is Emptied
Dogs will drain these sacs while defecating. As the stool passes out of the anus, the pressure will generally empty the anal glandsnonetheless, because of the domestication of dogs, a number of our canine friends have trouble clearing their glands. Impacted anal glands are most common in small dogs and is signaled by your dog scooting on the floor or licking and biting at his rear and you’ll most likely notice an odor.
Why Expressing Dogs Anal Glands is Important
When draining of the glands does not happen, they can become affected and it’s very uncomfortable and painful for your dog. They must be expressed or infection and abscess can follow if the impact isn’t relieved. The normal size of the sacs is that of a kidney bean but when they are full the glands will expand and feel hard. Normally, the affected glands will be very sensitive and your dog may respond as if in pain when you touch near that area.
Anal sacs are found on each side of the lower half and only inside your pet’s anus. They’re lined with cells that frequently secrete a very pungent discharge. If you look carefully, you can probably find the tiny ducts through which a foul smelling liquid seeps. There isn’t any noticeable smell to humans as soon as your furry friend is washed regularly and your dogs anal glands are in good shape. Other canines on the other hand have no problem detecting the odor.
Expelling the Sacs
To avoid the cost of getting the sacs expelled, you can do this yourself; but some dog owners feel it’s well worth having a veterinarian perform this service, at least on the first event.
To express the glands, put on a disposable latex glove. Holding a tissue, place your thumb and forefinger on either side of the anus and squeeze gingerly. Anal sack material should exude from the ducts without a lot of pressure and you’ll probably feel that the glands become smaller as you gently squeeze. If you’re unsure about doing this or detect anything unusual, consult your veterinarian. It’s ideal to have someone hold your pet as you do this.
A Change of Diet
Mims Raccoon Removal may suggest a diet high in fiber if you find your dog is having a consistent problem with blocked anal glands. The added fiber can help to express the anal sacs as soon as your pet eliminates.
If Illness Occurs
If the anal glands become infected the sacs will expand and pops through the skin from the anus. This will produce a painful draining abscess and will require appropriate vet treatment and most likely manually expressing of the glands until the abscess has gone. This can often result in a more enjoyable relationship for you and your very best friend.
This is considered routine surgery but there are potential problems because of the many nerves in that region and fecal incontinence may develop if too much damage occurs. Additionally, if your dogs anal glands tissue wasn’t completely removed, they have the potential to continue secreting fluid. When this accumulates, the outcome could be an abscess and possibly a persistent draining tract from the sac to the skin. If this occurs the veterinarian will need to go back and remove the sac tissue to have a successful outcome.