The importance of examination of the dog’s anal glands.
The importance of examination of anal glands in dogs
Regular squeezing and cleaning of the dog’s anal glands is very important, not just to get rid of body odor from the dog. If the dog’s anal glands are not squeezed frequently, it can also cause inflammation of the anal glands.
You must pay attention to the technique: from the inside out, from light to heavy.
Remember, when squeezing, it is best to cover the anus with facial tissue or cotton to prevent the stinky water from splashing on the body.
If the glands have been blocked for a period of time, the secretions will squeeze out like toothpaste, instead of spewing out, usually just by gently squeezing them out. If the dog’s anal glands are not easy to squeeze, another way is needed. Place the index finger and thumb slightly behind the glands and gently squeeze them upwards and outwards.
Normal secretions are light yellow-brown, with concentrations ranging from water-like substances to creams, and are accompanied by foul smell. If there is pus and blood in the secretion, it means that you have been infected, and you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Wash the anus with warm water, the skin will become soft and the dog will relax. In most cases, the glands are easier to empty;
Place your thumb and index finger on both sides of the anus, touch two hard glands, and squeeze them upwards and outwards to expel the foul-smelling liquid. Some of these liquids are as thick as toothpaste, and some are as clear as water.
There are also tricks to emptying the anal glands. Some dogs’ glands are easy to empty, while others are not so easy. Therefore, you need more fumbling to master the skills of quickly and accurately emptying the glands to alleviate the dog’s disgust. The anal gland is a very sensitive part, and it has a foul smell. If the silt cannot be discharged, it is best to advise the owner to take the dog to the veterinarian to check it, so as not to develop to a more serious point.