Blocked anal sacs

Has your dog ever bitten  his bottom or turning round agitated in front of guests? 

 Perhaps he has scooted around on your living room floor in front of your friends.  While this might be embarrassing for you, it is important to know that your dog has a reason for doing this behavior and you should look a little deeper.
 There are two sacs on either side of your dog’s anus.  These are about the size of a pea and they contain a strong liquid.  Whenever your dog passes feces the liquid in this sacs should be secreted. Your dog could be dealing with a painful anal sac problem.  Don’t worry you can help your dog, but first you need to understand what anal sacs are.

 

This is the liquid that  other dogs are sniffing when they meet your dog.  Sometimes  the liquid does not always get expelled out like it should.  This could occur when your dog has a stool that is too soft.

 

When the anal sacs fail to drain your dog is in a lot of pain.    The longer they are blocked  the harder they are to drain. Eventually an abscess might form and this will lead to infections.  As your dog is trying to  deal with this discomfort they will fuss with the area so much that they damage themselves even further. 

Some dogs have been known to bite at  the area and destroy their fur.

 

If you have a mild case you could correct it by adding a bit more fiber to their diet.  This will in turn make their stools harder so the pressure from going to the bathroom can release some of the fluid.  If this does not work it’s time to take even more active steps.

 

There are some dog  groomers who are well trained in the art of emptying anal glands.   Veterinarians are suggest leaving them alone unless there is a problem with them. 

 

If the glands are emptied then it is important to look at what is secreted.  There should never be any black paste, pus or blood.  Otherwise, emptying the sacs this way is usually enough to get rid of any discomfort.  The dog should also not feel any pain.  If the problem gets worse then it is essential that the groomer empties the sacs internally.

 

 Some dogs  have a persistent problem with their anal sacs and  it might be necessary to have a vet remove the glands completely.  This is a difficult decision because it can permanently damage the  dogs muscles around the anus.  Dogs are usually in a lot of pain after this operation.

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