Keep an Eye Out for These Vital Signs of Anal Gland Impaction or Infection
At Clinton Hill Animal Clinic we treat many dogs who come to us with anal gland infections. It comes as a surprise to many people that their pets can have an anal gland infection. The fact is, unless you have dealt with a breed that is known for increased anal gland issues and have had an education about the illness, it likely will not cross your mind to worry about anal gland infection. We treat pets in and around Brooklyn with a wide variety of ailments with effective care like preventative care, monitoring, prescriptions, and surgery. Read more about what to look for when it comes to anal gland impaction.
What Exactly Is Anal Gland Impaction?
You may not have known that a dog releases an oily brown fluid that is not feces to help identify themselves to other dogs and mark territory. Each time they defecate they empty this fluid and make more. Sometimes, they do not have time to fully evacuate their bowels and these glands, which can cause things to go wrong. When this happens, the substance can change consistency and become painfully impacted. Treatment for this may include manual expression, antibiotics, warm compresses, and change in diet. Sometimes, anal gland removal, also referred to as anal sacculectomy, is required.
Signs to Watch for
The symptoms of an anal gland infection or even impaction are common behaviors for some pets. It is important that you recognize your pet's normal actions, so you can also know when they are in pain or uncomfortable.
- Obsessively licking or biting his rear end. This indicates that the pain starts in this area and that your dog is trying to address it.
- Scooting. Many find the sight of their pup dragging their rear across the ground funny and cringe-inducing. They may be trying to relieve pain.
- Foul odors. If your dog has an unusual unpleasant smell he should be checked out to find out why.
- Discomfort when sitting. If your dog whines when sitting, it may be a sign of pain in the anal gland.
Contact Us to Schedule an Evaluation Soon
If your pet shows any of these signs, do not delay scheduling an appointment at your local Brooklyn Animal Hospital. At Clinton Hill Animal Clinic we handle anal sacculectomies and much more to ensure the comfort and livelihood of your furry pals. Call today, 718-623-3999.