One particular area that is often ignored by dog owners is the dog anal gland.
Often, secretions and materials can build up around the dog anal gland which can cause infection or an abscess which can result in a great deal of irritation and pain for your dog.
If you notice that your dog is sitting and then dragging itself across your lawn, or even worse, your living room carpet, then you need to examine your dog anal gland.
Routine cleaning of the area with a warm wet sponge can be very effective in keeping the area free from debris and preventing any build up of feces.
If this alone does not prove effective, you may need to express the anal glands.
As disgusting as this sounds (and it is) it can be necessary with certain breeds or dogs that have anal gland issues. There are two small glands located just inside the anus that contain fluid and when the fluid does not drain regularly, you may need to force that drainage by squeezing the glands.
Be warned, this is not for the feint at heart.
What you will need to do is put some latex gloves on and lube them with some Vaseline. Next, insert a lubed finger into your dog’s anus. Once you locate the gland by feeling around just inside the anus, take hold of the gland and squeeze it gently. You will need to have some paper towel handy to collect the material that is expressed. Repeat this procedure to express the gland on the other side as well.
If you are not comfortable undertaking this procedure, you may have to take your dog to your vet and have them do the job for you.
Of course, there are products available that you can use which will keep the glands from clogging and using these kinds of products regularly will eliminate the need for you having to undertake the expression of your dog’s glands.
Some dogs do not have any issue with their anal glands while certain breeds have a lot of problems. It is up to you to be aware of the need for regular maintenance of your dog’s glands as well as how often it needs to be done. If you notice any infection or abscess is present, you should immediately seek treatment for your dog with your vet.