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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Every dog has a paired set of anal glands located on either side of their rectum. These glands produce a secretion that not only lubricates stool as it exits the body but also acts as a scent for each dog. Most dogs do not require medical intervention, however, if an anal gland becomes infected, it can cause a painful abscess.

Should I drain my dog’s anal glands at home?

No. If anal sacs are not properly and completely expressed, it can lead to infection and an abscess may develop.

If my dog scoots on the carpet a lot, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?

Although that may be the case, there are other reasons dogs may scoot. It is in your dog’s best interest to have them looked at by your veterinarian.

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