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Some pets have HUGE problems with these, while others have NONE.
Most of you KNOW what they are, but here is a diagram giving you a better explanation:
Here is some NEW thinking on RECURRING Anal Gland Problems:
Allergies and Anal Glands
Some practitioners are of the opinion that allergies play a large role.
They lead to chronic inflammation and filled glands.
The inflammation from allergies causes the gland ducts to enlarge and close over...hence the glands FILL up, and your pet has a problem.
You see your pet scooting across the floor rubbing her bum. Hoochie is licking his bottom more than usual. The area around the anus is swollen.
Anal glands are normal parts of your pet's anatomy. They lie just under the anus at 4 and 8 o'clock. The glands are designed to excrete a smelly fluid when your pet defecates. They give a particular scent to the stool. The glands can become blocked if your pet is not defecating regularly, or there is only a small stool volume. The problem is most common in small dogs.
EXPRESS GLANDS YOURSELF. It may not be the most enjoyable job, but it is the best way to relieve the problem. First, take your pet to the bathtub and apply lukewarm water to clean his bottom. Don some latex exam gloves and lift your pet's tail. The glands lie at 4 and 8 o'clock. Squeeze your thumb and forefinger together on the right side of the anus (4 o'clock) and the left side (8 o'clock). Apply moderate pressure. If nothing comes out, adjust your angle and repeat. A brownish foul-smelling fluid should come out. If this is very painful for your pet, call your veterinarian.
TREAT the UNDERLYING ALLERGY
Heal Your Pet At Home!
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