Dog anal glands / Anal sacs
glands / Anal sacs
your dog smells in the hindquarters, it could be a problem with
hair matted around the rectum, or with the anal sacs.
anal glands are two small scent-sacs located on either side of the
dog’s anus and empty their contents into the rectal area by way
of a small connecting duct. They generally are called "marking
sac fills up with a thick, foul smelling, brownish fluid which normally
is expelled when the animal has a bowel movement. The odor produced
by these sacs helps the dog mark his territory and may be responsible
for doggy odor.
sacs produce a sour or rancid-smelling, watery secretion that is
brownish in color.
When a dog has a bowel movement, the sacs are normally squeezed,
and a very smelly, oily secretion is released with the feces.
the sacs empty in an explosive way when the dog is frightened, stressed,
or overly excited and these glands secrete the smelly, oily substance
on the surrounding fur, causing bad odor.
arise when the anal sacs can not easily empty their contents and
become infected or overly full causing the dog discomfort and even
pain. When this happens dogs often develop an offensive odor and
try to relieve their discomfort (either an itch or a pain) through
biting, licking under his tail, dragging his rear end along the
ground, or scooting along the floor.
is called anal sac disease.
these sacs become infected or impacted (thicker secretion than normal,
can’t empty properly), problems result. This can be a very painful
situation when they become infected. Because bad odor coming from
the anal area could signify an anal gland problem, please have your
dog seen by your vet.
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