Dogs sniff each others' tail regions when the meet as a way of "reading" each others' scent-name. When the scent-producing anal glands become infected, you'll need to take quick action to avoid serious consequences. Anal gland infection is a condition that causes painful swelling and foul-smelling discharge in puppies. An anal gland infection can affect your puppy, prompt scooting behavior, and needs veterinary attention.
4 signs your dog has an anal gland disorder
How to Treat Anal Gland Infection in Puppies
If you are dealing with the problem of leaking anus, then you need to ask this question. What type of fluid is leaking from there? This is biggest hint about the cause of leakage. This usually indicates that there is some inflammation in the lower bowels. A physical exam with or without colonoscopy may reveal the cause. Purulent That is, pus containing discharge. This is likely to be due to some infection down there.
Anal Sac Disease in Dogs
If your puppy is scooting across the carpet, ground or grass—sit down and pull itself forward while dragging its bottom—you need to learn how to express anal glands. Puppy scooting generally means the pooch's bottom is irritated and that can be caused by tapeworms , diarrhea or even fleas, but most often can be blamed on irritated anal glands. Your puppy has two anal glands located beneath the skin on either side of the rectum. Instead, anal glands give pet bathroom deposits sort of an individual smelly fingerprint. Pets sniff each other's bottoms as a way to communicate and "read" these scented name tags to identify each other.
To help the anal glands to function properly, dogs need to consume the right amounts of fiber. Sadly, due to a lack of good fiber in the average canine diet, many dogs have to have their anal glands expressed manually … meaning the vet or groomer squeezes them by hand to get the fluid out. You know your dog marks his or her — girls do it too! Dogs have two small glands on either side of the anus. These glands fill up with a fluid that has a scent exclusive to each dog.