Scoot Over: Time To Understand Your Dog's Anal Glands

Watching your dog scoot across the carpet on their bottom can be an unpleasant sight. However, understanding your dog is moving this way not to embarrass you, but to comfort their anal opening.

After using the bathroom, you have the option of cleansing yourself with wipes or toilet tissue. Unfortunately, your dog does not have this option, so they will try to cleanse the area in other ways. With this guide, you will understand your dog's scooting and learn how to help their anal glands.

The 411 on Anal Glands

When your dog urinates or defecates, fluid and fecal matter may be left on their bottom. This residue will cause your dog a great deal of discomfort. In addition, waste can be left inside the anal opening, increasing discomfort.

Your dog may attempt to remove the residue or release any leftover matter in their anal opening. They may also attempt to scoot across the carpet or rub against a piece of furniture to scratch their anal area.

While common behavior, the constant scratching can cause your dog's bottom to become irritated and even inflamed, increasing the risk of a painful infection.

Anal Gland Care

If your dog is scooting across the floor or attempting to scratch and lick their bottom, their anal glands may need to be expressed. This releases any fluid and waste that may be trapped inside, alleviating discomfort and pain.

Of course, this can be a messy task for many, so it is important to prepare yourself. Be sure to wear rubber gloves before starting and ask a friend or family member to help hold your dog in a comfortable, secure position.

The anal glands are located at the 4:00 and 8:00 positions around the anal opening. Place a few paper towels under the anus to catch fluid and waste that may come out during the expressing.

With your fingers over the glands, apply pressure to firmly, yet gently, squeeze the glands towards one another, releasing any residue out of the anus. Continue squeezing until the glands do not appear swollen and full anymore.

Consider bathing your dog after draining the anal glands. Or, use baby wipes to cleanse the exterior opening and surrounding area of the anus.

Even though it is not the most pleasant experience, draining the anal glands is important for your dog's health and well-being. To learn more about preventing anal gland discomfort, contact your dog's veterinarian today.

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Growing up in a house full of animals, I developed a love for caring for them all. I knew that working as a veterinarian would be too emotionally difficult for me to do. However, that didn't stop me from dedicating my adult life to learning all I could about animal care and treatment. Not only did that knowledge help me to take care of my own animals, it also made it easier to help my friends and family with their pets as well. I decided to create this blog to help others learn what I know. I hope the information here helps you to take better care of your pets.




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