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Straight scoop on dog’s anal glands

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By Wee Bobby

Ouch!

This is a very delicate topic.

I am in pain right now in the area of my posterior, specifically, my anal sacs or anal glands. Anal sacs, located on the “business end” of a dog, on both sides of the anus. You can actually feel them like bulbs if they are filled and in need of being cleaned.

  Photo by Jannet Walsh - Shayla Prestegord, DVM, at the Willmar Pet Hospital in Willmar, Minn., giving a hug to Bobby, a Yorkshire Terrier mixed breed of weebobby.com, after finishing an examination on July 16, 2013.  Copyright © 2013 weebobby.com. All Rights Reserved.

Photo by Jannet Walsh – Shayla Prestegord, DVM, at the Willmar Pet Hospital in Willmar, Minn., giving a hug to Bobby, a Yorkshire Terrier mixed breed of weebobby.com, after finishing an examination on July 16, 2013. Copyright © 2013 weebobby.com. All Rights Reserved.

For us dogs, we produce a smell that helps give us a distinct odor for marking our territory, you know, property lines known only to fellow canines. Instead of a handshake between dogs, we are usually sniffing the other dog’s rear. Get over it because it an old family custom for domestic dogs, in Latin, we’re known as Canis lupus familiars.

Maybe we get it from my ancestors’ days related to wolves. Back to my backside. If everything is in working order, the anal sacs are cleaned or emptied with the pressure of the stool passing through the anus. Well, for me, something went wrong, and my kind Miss Jannet, aka owner and dearest one, took me to my friendly veterinarian Shayla Prestegord, DVM, at the Willmar Pet Hospital in Willmar, Minn., for relief.

The long and short of this is, I have an infection, Sacculitis or Anal Sac Infection, and currently taking antibiotics and will return shortly to see the doc for inspection.

I’m also wearing an Elizabeth collar, also called an E-collar, that looks like a cone, cone of shame or satellite dish for TV reception, to prevent me from licking my backside. Dogs with my problem can develop tonsillitis from licking an infected behind. If I don’t have enough problems with my tail end, I have too look silly with a cone attached to my head!

Signs of Problems

I was scooting around in the house, or dragging my behind for a few days, trying to relieve the pain. It was getting hard to do my normal business on walks, so I was just having bowl movements once a day. My diet also dropped off, not eating my entire meal like I always like to in one big mad rush, fearing someone would eat my food when I wasn’t looking.

Prevention

Smaller dogs like me, I weigh about 10 pounds, are more likely to have anal sac problems. You can try to have them cleaned at the vet, or learn to do it yourself. If it’s infected, then you will need to see your veterinarian for proper care.

Check with your vet about a diet to help prevent anal sac problems along with other care and prevention ideas.

If you see your dog scooting across the floor, don’t get angry. It’s time for an inspection of your dog’s bottom.

Bow, wow! Wee Bobby

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Photo by Jannet Walsh -Bobby of weebobby.com., Elizabeth collar, also called an E-collar, looks like a cone, cone of shame or satellite dish for TV reception, to prevente licking backside. Copyright © 2013 weebobby.com. All Rights Reserved.

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