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814 Francis Hicks Ave

Raureka, Hastings


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Dogs have two small glands either side of their anus that contain scent and are normally expressed when a dog defaecates. This is an important way of dogs communicating with each other. When dogs sniff each other’s backsides they are investigating this scent.


Humans do not normally smell the scent when everything is functioning normally.  Most dogs empty their anal glands regularly when defaecating, however some do not and the fluid can build up causing discomfort and pain.  If blocked anal glands are left long enough they can eventually become impacted and infected, requiring urgent veterinary treatment and occasionally, surgical removal.


Signs of anal gland problems in dogs include:

• 'Scooting' or dragging the rear end across the floor
• Licking or chewing at the rectal area
• Foul smell or discharge from the anus
• Swollen and painful anal glands
• Blood or pus found on faeces


It is important to note that the odd scratch of the bottom can be normal for a dog. It is also important to check your dog is up to date with flea and worm control, as these parasites can also make a dog itchy. Good quality food can produce firmer stools that will help express anal glands on defaecation.


If your dog is displaying any of these signs you should contact your veterinarian to assess if the anal glands need manually expressing. Some dogs need to have this done regularly to avoid problems.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 16:51