3 Signs Your Dog Has An Infected Anal Gland

Posted on: 10 April 2020

Dogs have glands around their anus that give off a scent for other animals. These scents can tell other animals your dog's sex and age and even information about their health. You may have never noticed anything about this gland, but smaller dogs have to have these anal glands expressed for them to prevent issues. Larger dogs will express these glands on their own. When the glands are not expressed, it may result in infection. Read on for signs your dog's anal gland is infected.

1. Your Dog Has Constipation

If you notice that your dog is having some trouble with getting their feces out, they could be constipated. If they are constipated, they may squat for a while with very little coming out. Their stools may not be as they usually appear either. If they have noticeable pain while trying to poop, or you notice that they just can't get comfortable laying down or sitting, it could be an issue with their anal glands as well.

2. Scooting Across The Floor

When your dog scoots their butt across the floor, it may make for a good laugh sometimes, but it could also indicate a problem with your dog's anal sacs. Your dog may be trying to express these glands on their own. If they are successful, you may smell a foul odor of the scent it gives off. If they are unsuccessful, they may continue to try and express their anal sac by continuing to scoot across the floor, or they may begin to bite at their rear in an effort to express the gland.

3. Pus Or Oozing

If your dog's anal sac is infected, you may see a discharge coming from the sac area. If you spot this pus or oozing, it's a definite indication of an infection. Your dog may also begin to run a fever if they have an infection. They may also be acting differently, and you may also notice that the area around their anal gland is tough and warm to the touch. If you spot this sign, you need to get your dog to the veterinarian or to an animal hospital right away to be treated for this infection.

These are just a few of the signs your dog has an infected anal gland. If you suspect your dog has an infection, take them to a veterinary hospital immediately to have this gland expressed and cleaned out. Keep an eye on your dog and get them the help they need to prevent further health issues.