Should I express my dog's anal glands?
A topic that may sound a little bit unpleasant, but trust me, it’s important for your furry friend’s health and happiness: anal gland expression!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Ew, anal glands? That sounds gross!” But hear me out. Your dog’s anal glands are located on either side of their anus, and they’re responsible for producing a smelly fluid that helps them mark their territory and communicate with other dogs. Normally, the fluid is expelled during bowel movements, but sometimes, the glands can get blocked or infected, which can cause discomfort and even lead to infection. That’s where we come in - we need to give those glands a little squeeze to release the fluid and keep your dog feeling their best.
If your dog has regular anal gland issues, your vet may recommend that you learn how to express them yourself.
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