Dog Annular Glands – All You Need To Know

The anal glands of dogs have a main function that consists of lubricating the rectum for a better defecation.

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If they are not cared for properly, and especially if it is a larger dog, we can suffer consequences such as infection, foul smell and even an abscess.

But how should you clean it and how often? Continue reading this YourCatCareguide article about the dog’s anal glands and tell us everything you need to know.

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What exactly are they?

In the anatomy of dogs and cats we find the anal glands, are situated on both sides of the anus and are about the size of a berlinde. The main function of the anal glands is to store a lubricating substance that they use at the moment of emptying or defecating for a better defecation.

The appearance of the liquid is usually yellow or even brown, if you have found traces on your dog’s bed or on the ground it is likely that your puppy will suffer from an excess of accumulated fluid.

In addition to the above-mentioned function, the anal glands provide each dog with a unique identity, which is why dogs often sniff each other by identifying each other through their own smell.

What are the consequences of not emptying the anal glands

Although dogs generally empty their anal glands alone, it can happen that they have difficulties such as age, pregnancy or other circumstances.

If you decide not to do anything about it and your dog is unable to empty his glands can end up in a serious problem such as:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Discomfort
  • Bad smell
  • Abscess
  • Cysts
  • Adenoma
  • Adenocarcinoma

What to do

Although your dog does not segregate any type of liquid at home, it does not mean that it does not have a significant accumulation of fluid. For this, we have two options if we do not want to do it ourselves: go to a veterinarian or a canine hairdresser . Both experts are accustomed to carry out this task and will no doubt know how to act.

But if you prefer to carry out this task yourself, we recommend you go to the terrace and put on a pair of gloves. Let’s start by identifying them:

How to empty the dog’s glands

Once we know where the glands are, we are ready to go. You should wear a gauze that will put in the anus so that the discharge (which can sometimes come out strongly) does not jump to your face or clothing.

We advise you to take the help of another person to hold the dog, as the natural tendency is to try to sit down when the process begins. Remember that it can smell strongly.

Massage your dog’s tail with gentle pressure until you find the glands, and once you have identified them, raise the pressure so that the fluid flows out through the anus. That’s it!

How often should the glands be emptied

We should pay attention to those dogs that have problems accumulating liquid in their anal glands as can be the elderly dogs, otherwise we can facilitate serious problems mentioned above.

The frequency of emptying the anal glands should be about once a month , depending on the accumulation of fluid that the puppy suffers.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest that you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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