Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are part of a dog’s communication system. These glands put a special smell on their poop that lets other dogs know whose poop it is. Anal glands are like the glands skunks have, but they do not produce as strong a smell. These glands usually empty every time a dog poops. Sometimes, though, they don’t empty and this can cause problems.

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Should I drain my dog’s anal glands at home?

No, most dogs drain them every time they poop.

If my dog scoots on the carpet a lot, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?

Some dogs will scoot their behind across the carpet, due to an itchy behind. Other dogs will do it to try and drain their anal glands. If this behaviour lasts for more than one day, it may mean the anal glands need to be drained.

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