Anal Gland Problems - Little Critters Veterinary Hospital - Gilbert, AZ

Little Critters Veterinary Hospital

1525 N Gilbert Road Suite #C-101
Gilbert, AZ 85234


Anal Gland Problems

Anal glands are glands that are located on either side of the rectum and produce a liquid secretion used for scent marking when stool is passed. The secretions drain by a very small duct that if inflamed will easily become blocked causing the secretions to continue to build up and the glands to overfill and become uncomfortable to the pet (both dogs and cats but more common in dogs). Typical signs of blocked anal glands are frequent licking of the rectum and scooting or dragging the bottom on a rough surface. If these signs are seen the pet should be taken to a veterinarian for expression and flushing. Occasionally a gland will become overfilled and infected and will abscess or rupture through the skin. At this point the pet will have a visible wound on the rectum and they are often very painful. If presented to a veterinarian the condition is easily treated but unfortunately many pets are subject to repeated blocking of these ducts. Increasing the fiber in the diet often helps to naturally express these glands