If your puppy is scooting across the carpet, ground or grass—sit down and pull itself forward while dragging its bottom—you need to learn how to express anal glands. Puppy scooting generally means the pooch's bottom is irritated and that can be caused by tapeworms , diarrhea or even fleas, but most often can be blamed on irritated anal glands. Your puppy has two anal glands located beneath the skin on either side of the rectum. Instead, anal glands give pet bathroom deposits sort of an individual smelly fingerprint. Pets sniff each other's bottoms as a way to communicate and "read" these scented name tags to identify each other. Most pets don't need anal gland maintenance, but some have overactive glands that cause an odor problem.
What You Need to Know about Anal Glands
This article aims to explain the issues relating to problems caused by anal glands or anal sacs in cats. When discussing this topic, it is simpler to refer to anal sacs, rather than anal glands, as it is the sacs themselves that tend to be the focus of the problems. Cats are like dogs, ferrets, skunks and many other animals, in that all of these species have two small anal sacs which produce a strong smelling glandular secretion. Each sac is connected by a narrow duct to the rectum, just inside the anus. Every time the animal passes feces, the anal sac is physically squeezed out by the physical pressure caused by the bowel movement, with the secretion coating the outside of the feces. Some animals are able to empty the anal sacs independently of passing feces, by contracting the muscles in the anal sac, causing the secretion to be pushed out separately. The anal sac secretion is a carrier of important messages in the animal world.
Anal Gland Infection in Puppies
All dogs have anal glands. Most dog owners know about anal glands from the stinky odor they give off. But while these glands may be gross, they still sometimes need some extra love and care.
If your dog's anal glands are all clogged up and in dire need of emptying, he'll probably make it pretty obvious to you via his uncomfortable body language. Although the problem seems kind of embarrassing and weird, it's actually pretty standard in canines. Anal glands are frequently called "anal sacs," too. Even if you never think about it, all dogs are equipped with a set of anal sacs.