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A dog’s anal glands are two small sacs located next to the dog’s anus, and they store a liquid and pungent secretion that contains pheromones.

When a dog defecates, the muscles around the anus work to expel the feces and also press the sacs to release the liquid that they smear on the feces. This foul-smelling liquid is what “marks territory” and leaves the dog’s “personal information” that other dogs enjoy sniffing.

Usually, these sacs are emptied during bowel movements, but sometimes they don’t completely empty and can become obstructed.

 How can I tell if my dog’s anal glands are obstructed? 

To determine if your pet has obstructed anal glands, watch for common symptoms, which may include:

  • Excessive licking of the rear end.
  • Dragging the rear end on the ground.
  • Visible inflammation around the anus.
  • An unusually strong odor around the anus.

What should I do if my dog’s anal glands are obstructed?

Emptying and unblocking the anal glands is achieved through a relatively simple procedure, involving gentle pressure to release the liquid. It’s best to consult your veterinarian to perform the procedure, and you can even ask them to teach you the correct way to do it yourself.

It’s essential to keep the anal glands clean for your pet’s well-being and to prevent unpleasant odors. Interested in learning about dog breeds that produce fewer odors?