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  • The anal glands seem to be causing problems for my dog. What can be done?

    Sorry to hear that your dog is having problems with the anal glands. Some pets can have the veterinarian express them frequently; others need surgery to remove the glands completely. Check with your veterinarian to see if your pet should have a surgery.

    General information about anal gland problems: Dogs and cats have two glands just inside the rectal opening, called “anal glands” or “anal sacs”. Sometimes, these sacs become irritated or infected. They can even abscess into a wound near the rectal opening in some cases. If the problem happens recurrently, some pets benefit from having the sacs surgically removed. Proper surgical removal is usually very difficult when the sacs are actively inflamed or infected; removal surgery is may be postponed until the infection has resolved and the tissues return to normal.

     


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