I’d heard pet parents lament over anal glands before – yet I never really understood all the chatter. The conversations always preceded facial expressions imitating a whiff of an atrocious foul odor. But that’s been my only experience…
FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW –
Anal glands are two small, grape-shaped glands located just under the skin at four o’clock and eight o’clock to the anus. The fluidy, odoriferous material they normally produce is used by dogs, cats, and other small mammals to lend a unique scent to their stool, thereby identifying it as their own. Butt-sniffing is, at least in part, a behavior that recognizes this special aroma as peculiar to an individual and worthy of special attention. Source: PETMD
Apparently, this is a common problem with many dogs (inflammation of the anus itself) which results in swelling. The glands “material” continues to accumulate – creating pressure within the structure and much discomfort.
The term “expressing anal glands” was a familiar term to my ears. My friends grand-dog Piper would have her glands “expressed” (or emptied) on a regular bases.
AFTER A VISIT TO THE GROOMER –
Jaxson started “scooting” across the carpet. I’ve seen this done before – but never with my two. Naturally, I lifted his tail and searched for a foreign substance down there – #nothing
But he continued to do it.
Next thing I knew, the following morning he and Harley both looked like bumper cars. Hind-parts scooting across the carpet in unison. #buttracing
Again – I examined their back door area, and again – I found nothing. I sat on the floor and we stared at each other as I tried to Columbo this mystery…
THE GROOMER –
After reading that some groomers offer this complimentary service with a wash, dry & cut, I decided to call. Sure enough, when I asked –
When I brought the Boys in the other day, did you by chance express their anal glands?
My knees buckled from underneath me as he cheerfully replied –
Yes, it’s part of our service – we do it for you!
I had no idea this (along with cleaning ears, trimming nails) was part of a groomers duties.
I felt like such a bad pet parent because I paid someone to violate my Boys. #Doodlemomnightmares
Thank the Doodle – this was a new groomer, therefore it was the first time they’d had their glands expressed.
For more than a week, they butt-scooted a couple of times a day. Each time they did it – I had to turn my head with shame.
Together the three of us have gained about 4 lbs each. Every time they scooted, they got a “I’m so sorry” treat while I popped “you need therapy too” chocolate kisses in my mouth. #quiltydoodlepleasures
EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW –
Dr. Karen Becker (Healthy Pets) has an excellent video which covers –
- Why animals have the reoccurring problem
- Unnecessary trauma from recurrent expression
- Inflammation of the GI tract and other organs
- Allergies and how they can irritate the glands
AND NOW? –
I am grateful to my groomer for the thick red marker he used to note their file: NO ANAL GLANDS EVER!
The Boys have stopped “drag racing” across the room #punintended
Their glands suffered no permanent damage, and we’re working on those extra treat/chocolate lbs every day.
Please verify with your groomer if he/she is offering an anal gland service to your dog the next time you go.
And if your pet’s anal glands are healthy, leave them be!
New Monday – New Week – New Goals ❤️
DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian nor a scientist. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs.