Anal Gland Expression
Have you noticed your pet scooting, rubbing or trying to chew its bottom? Your dog may have full or blocked anal glands. An itchy bottom or swollen glands can be a sign that they need emptying.
These glands play an important role in scent identification and marking of territory. This is why dogs greet each other by smelling their bottoms! If the anal glands become too full and are not being emptied properly, this can risk infection and even rupture. Most glands will empty when you pet defecates, however, if there has been softer stools for a few days, or there is an anatomical abnormality (narrow emptying ducts), this can disturb the emptying process. Always allow a professional to express your pet’s anal glands, incorrect or rough technique can be dangerous to your pet.