Signs and symptoms of anal gland problems in dogs

Anal Gland Problems

If you think your dog has a problem with their anal glands, it is best to have them checked over by a vet. If any sign of blood, redness and swelling around the anus becomes apparent seen, your dog should see your vet as soon as possible.

Signs and symptoms you should look out for include:

  • Lots of licking and chewing around their rear end and base of the tail, to relieve the itch of full glands and trying to empty them.
  • Distinctive dog anal glands smell often described as a mix of rotting fish and faeces
  • ‘Scooting’ – dragging their bottom along the ground with their back legs stuck straight out in front, often leaving a stain trail behind them.
  • Problems going, with lots of straining and possibly appearing painful to poo.
  • Spots of greasy, smelly discharge left on the floor, usually tan to brown in colour.
  • Reluctance to have their hind end touched, possibly showing increased aggression because, for the dog, swollen anal glands are painful.
  • Diarrhoea or another digestive upset just before other symptoms become apparent.

If an infection has developed:

  • Red spots or pus visible in the discharge spots left on the floor.
  • Pus coming from the anus.
  • A swollen area showing a possible abscess near the anus.
  • A hole appearing near the anus, discharging bloody or green/yellow pus.

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