Anal gland problems in dogs – signs and symptoms

Anal gland problems in dogs – signs and symptoms

Anal glands are not the most pleasant subject to discuss but it is an important part of your dog’s health. If their anal glands aren’t working properly, they can cause your dog discomfort and even infection.

What are the anal glands?

Every dog has two of these near the anal opening. They contain a strong-smelling liquid used for marking territory. Healthy glands empty when your dog poos but if for some reason this doesn’t happen, they can over fill and block. This is quite a common problem which is fairly easy to fix however can become far more serious if left untreated.

How do you know if your dog’s anal glands are blocked?

These symptoms are indicative of blocked glands:

  • Scooting – dragging their bums along the ground
  • A strong fishy smell
  • Pain when pooing
  • Licking or biting their bums
  • Sitting uncomfortably
  • Having difficulty standing or sitting

Diet can play a big part in anal gland problems. The right amount of fibre is needed in a dog’s diet to give a good “push” when going to the toilet. A lot of processed foods can be too soft and so extra fibre is good for firming up their poo. Keep on top of anal gland health with a daily scoop of Butt First Anal Gland Support powder to your dog’s food. With all natural ingredients such as psyllium husk, coconut powders, brewers yeast, fennel, pre & probiotics plus enzymes, this supplement is a safe and effective digestive support for all dogs from puppies onwards.  The fibrous mix will assist in bulking out your dog's poo, which in turn, will allow them to naturally express their anal glands when passing a movement.

Keeping your dog at a healthy weight will also help. Overweight dogs tend to have weaker muscles around the anal gland which will make emptying them more difficult. Regular exercise is good to strengthen your dog’s rectal muscles, giving them more strength the put more pressure on the anal glands. Exercise also helps to stimulate bowel movements so your dog will poo more often.

If your dog continues to show signs of issues with their anal glands, you should consider visiting your vet as they may need their glands manually expressing or have another underlying issue that requires medical advice.

Hope you found this useful.

Laura, Dolly & Reggie xxx