Join Now. You caught your dog doing the booty scoot on your favorite rug and now you're wondering why they do it and how you can get it to stop. Whether that or excessive licking of your pet's hind region is what brought you here, it's likely that your dog's anal glands need attention. While that's probably the last part of your dog's anatomy you'd like to pay attention to, the fact is that anal gland problems in dogs are fairly common and often the cause of dog scooting problems. Your dog's hind end includes two small sacs located on the inside of their rectum, one on each side within the muscular wall, says The Spruce.
Impacted Anal Glands: Signs and Solutions
Impacted Anal Glands: Signs and Solutions | The Honest Kitchen Blog
This article explains what they are, and how to treat anal gland problems in dogs. Anal glands are not technically glands, in fact; they are small sacs filled with glandular cells that produce a potent yellow fluid consisting of both oils and sweat. This fluid flows through two small tubes in the dog's body that open on either side of the anus. The obstruction, often referred to as anal gland problems in dogs, means that the liquid inside of the sacs builds up and ultimately can result in infection, and rupture of the sacs themselves.
You probably are because swollen, infected anal glands are pretty common in dogs. Dogs have a pair of small glands on either side of the anus, just under the tail. These glands also called sacs contain a smelly, oily fluid that smells a lot like skunk. Normally, when your dog poops, some of the liquid gets squeezed out of the glands as a result of pressure in the colon.
In February while out for a walk with Rory I noticed a small lump on her rear end. Upon closer inspection I decided it looked like an unfortunate spider bite so thought nothing of it. Then later that same day while giving her a bath I noticed that the small lump had swollen up at an alarming rate to the size of a golf ball! Not sure what to make of it, my guy and I rushed her to the hour emergency vet clinic. I felt so guilty, so helpless — why did this happen?