Does your dog scoot her bottom on the carpet? Does he suddenly and violently turn toward his rear or try and chew under the base of his tail? Does she lift her tail and rub her bottom against the couch or recliner? Does it leave a strong, putrid fishy smell?
These are all signs that your dog’s anal glands may be full and uncomfortable. Few other problems cause these behaviors in your dog. Anal gland care is an important part of your dog’s skin health.
What are anal glands?
Anal glands are scent glands under the skin near the anal opening. If you visualize the face of a clock, the anal glands are located at 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock below the anus. The glands produce a thick liquid or pasty secretion whose smell is unique to every dog. That smell lets other dogs know your dog’s name. That is why dogs sniff each other’s rear when first meeting. Dog’s squeeze the muscles surrounding these glands squirting the liquid on the ground, vertical surfaces, or scenting their feces. In this way, they mark their presence and territory. But many dogs have lost the ability to clear their glands of the secretion. This is caused by:
Without the ability to naturally express their glands, dogs must use other means of expressing the glands. That is why they scoot, rub or lick and bite the glands. If your dog cannot relieve the glands, the liquid builds up in the gland, becomes infected, and rupture through the skin to the outside. So how do you prevent problems with the anal glands?
Anal Gland Health
Here are some guidelines for maintaining healthy anal glands.
Expressing the glands by squeezing them from the outside is the least effective method of relieving them. The internal expression method is preferred for optimum relief. Internal relief is normally only be done by veterinary staff. However, if you would like to do it yourself, we will teach you. Ask our veterinary nurse at your next visit.
If you are too far away to see Dr. Tudor in person, but still wish to make your own balanced dog food at home using Dr. Tudor's exclusive nutrient powder, omega 3 oil and recipes, we now offer two options for you:Healthier Homemade for Dogs
When you need or want custom recipes that are personalized for your fur family, our sister site Healthier Homemade can help you out. Because this service is remote, we are unable to give medical advice or diagnosis, so we work with your veterinarian to make sure your fur family is well cared for.
At Healthier Homemade, we offer Medical Recipe Programs for 14 different conditions. See them in detail here.
There are an assortment of recipe formulations for dogs with diagnosed Food Allergies. They include, High Protein, Instant, and Economy options.
If you have all Normal Adult Dogs in your fur family and wish to have more control over the formulations of your recipes, we offer Economy, Instant, High Protein, and Ultra-High Protein (including a few all meat options).
With all of our custom recipes you may include up to 4 dogs (with the same health profile) and you may choose cooking frequency from every day to once a week. We do all the math, we even calculate serving size for each dog! We also have detailed tutorials for each step of cooking, mixing, and storing.
If you are an experienced cook, like flexibility, have a normal adult dog, and just need general guidelines, Hearthstone may be right for you. Before purchasing a Starter Kit, you can see a complete list of ingredient options that can be used.
Our EZ Meal Planner gives you a great starting point. You still get to pick out wholesome ingredients at the grocery store and you still get "The Well Dog Nutrient Powder" to make sure your dogs' meals are balanced.
The Getting Started page gives you a great road map for what you need to equip your kitchen, preparation, transitioning to a new food, and more.