Anal Glands

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Anal Gland Issues in Dogs and Cats

Understanding Anal Glands

Origins: Anal glands, once essential for scent marking in the wild, are now less significant for domesticated pets.

Current Relevance: While not crucial, anal glands can cause problems, particularly in dogs.

Common Problems

Anal Gland Filling: Diarrhoea episodes can lead to anal gland overfilling, causing discomfort for the pet.

Signs of Discomfort: Pets may show signs of irritation such as licking, chewing, or scooting around the tail base area.

Potential Complications: If left untreated, anal glands can become infected, leading to abscesses and further complications.

Treatment and Management

Veterinary Assessment: Any swelling or irritation around the back end should prompt a vet visit to assess anal gland issues.

Treatment Approach: Veterinary intervention typically involves emptying the anal glands and addressing any underlying issues or infections.

Special Considerations

Obesity Concerns: Overweight pets may experience anal gland problems due to anatomical changes caused by excess fat.

Surgical Options: In severe cases or when other treatments fail, surgical removal of anal glands may be necessary, although it's approached with caution due to potential complications.