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Dog Anal Gland Info

It's Time to Leave Your Dog's Anal Gland Problems Behind.

Anal gland problems affect millions of pets and are a very common and frustrating problem. Anal gland issues arise when the anal glands of dogs and cats becoming over-filled, blocked, or irritated. All dogs and cats have these two small glands (sometimes referred to as anal sacs) near the anal opening that typically release a few drops of scent marking fluid whenever your pet defecates. If the anal glands fill up excessively it creates pressure which can be very uncomfortable for your dog or cat. 

Some of the Clinical Signs of Anal Gland Problems in Dogs

  • Scooting
  • Excessive licking of the anal area and hind end
  • Straining to defecate
  • Releasing a sudden foul (fishy) odor
  • Leaking of anal gland fluid
  • Discomfort of the hind-end
  • Bleeding and/or swelling near the anal region
Anal Sacs in Dogs Rear View

Read Our Dog Anal Gland Information Brochure

In order for your dog's anal glands to empty properly they need to be healthy and they need large firm stools to create pressure during defecation to allow them to empty naturally.Glandex® helps to improve the consistency of your pet's stools and is formulated with other key ingredients to support normal anal gland function. When used regularly along with a high quality diet, Glandex® helps to support normal anal gland function and keeps your pet healthy and comfortable! More Info on Dog Anal Glands - FAQs

Anal Gland Illustration

This illustration shows the relative size and position of the anal glands in dogs (often referred to as anal sacs). Note that the anal glands are internal and cannot be seen when viewing the rear end of a dog. When the anal glands become blocked or swollen they can enlarge which creates discomfort for your pet. Your pet may try to relieve this pressure by scooting or licking the area. This illustration shows only one enlarged anal gland but in most cases both anal glands are affected.

Swollen Dog Anal Glands

How to Express Your Dog's Anal Glands

In this video, Dr. James Bascharon demonstrates the proper way to express your dog's anal glands at home.  Dr. James shows two different methods that can be used, expressing your dog's anal glands using the internal method and external method.  Expressing your dog's anal glands at home can be difficult.  In general, it is recommended to have this done by your veterinarian.  In addition to expressing your dog's anal glands when needed, it is helpful to use Glandex®, a veterinarian recommended supplement to help support natural emptying of the anal glands.

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